Wine Basics: A Beginners Guide To Rose Wine

Are you of the same opinion who thinks, “A wine is wine, be it red or white, as long as it serves the purpose and makes the occasion special, it doesn’t matter what wine you drink?” 

Sorry to burst the bubble, to some of us who love wine over hard alcohol, the varied varieties of wine make a difference.
In case you plan to add a mini personal bar at your home or if you are one of those beverage lovers who would like to entice the guest with different flavors of alcohol, then it is a must you know the difference between white, red, and rose wine.
Yes, you heard it right, rose wine.
Rose wine is often confused and is taken for granted and understood to be similar to red wine. But do you know both are very different in terms of their taste and their preparation process?
Let’s learn more about Rose wine and how it is different from Red wine.

A Bit of Rose Wine History

Rose wine has been in existence since time immemorial. Due to its close appearance to that of red wine, it took time to gain prominence of its own and be liked by all.
Winemakers worldwide have been experimenting with this beautiful fruity drink and have managed to profit between the intervals.
Although the drink has been in existence since ancient times, the drink has always been neglected and was never given its due place.
Off late, especially in 2020, the Rose wine market is flourishing with business and demand.

How it’s made

Rose wine preparation is very different from that of red or white wine. The wine base mainly consists of red grapes, any variety of red grapes can make for a good Rose wine. Winemakers around the world are particular about the climate from where the grapes are grown and the preparation method of the wine.
There are three different methods that winemakers adopt to make this throat quenching drink:
  • Short Maceration
    A widespread method employed by winemakers worldwide to make the rose wine. During this process, red grapes are smoothly crushed, left to rest with the skin for a period of 12-24hrs. Later the skin is gently removed, and the juice is crushed and fermented either in combination with the sugar and yeast to make it sparkling wine or without it to make just plain Rose wine.
  • Saignée
    Like the short maceration, in this method, the juice is taken in the initial stage of preparing the Red wine and is being fermented in a fresh vat to make Rose wine.
  • Blending
    The easiest amongst the three, this is a mixture of red and white wine. A little to a minimal amount of red wine is mixed along with the white wine, and after the dyeing method, a pink or Rose color wine is created. A universal method is adopted for the making of sparkling rose wine and also used for making pink champagne.

Types of rose wine

Majorly, Rose wine comes in three varieties:


Dry Rose wine is mostly pale pink, which is apt for those who love strawberry’s flavor in their drinks. It is crisp in taste and would give you a refreshing feel during the sultry summers.


Sweet Rose wine is easy to identify and get; look for the sign “Zinfandel.” A mixture of strawberry, red currant, lemon, and raspberry fruits makes for a bottle of sweet rose wine. Works magically to prepare delicious fresh food or can be included in desserts too.


Sparkling Rose wine is the favorite of all, and almost every household must have mastered the making of this wine. It is the most loved and preferred wine all over the world due to the bubbles and the wine’s pink color appearance.

Pairing suggestions

Rose wine is a fantastic blender that can adapt to any food you pick to make it unique. You can choose to add any deep-fried food or grilled food. You can add it to your salads or the portions of pasta as well.

Some of the famous Rose Wine are

  • Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses 
  • Bodegas Tarón Rosado 2019 
  • Mont Gravet Rosé 
  • Mas Fi Cava Brut Rosé 
  • 90+ Cellars RoséLe Charmel Côtes de Provence Rosé 
  • 14 Hands Rosé 
  • Lagaria Pinot Grigio Ramato delle Dolomiti IGT 2018

Aging Rose wine

Rose wines are meant to be consumed soon and when they are freshly prepared. At the max Rose, wines can be stored for two years, after which the wine starts to lose its fruit taste and color.
Since Rose wine is prepared with close to no concentration and acidity, it is advised to consume the wine when it is fresh. Ideally, a one-year-old rose wine should be best to celebrate the occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rose

How long does Rose wine last once opened?

Once a bottle of Rose wine is opened, it should last for close to 3-5 days if it is closed adequately with the help of a cork stopper and stored in the fridge.

How many calories does a glass of Rose wine contain?

A regular glass of rose wine of 175 ml served in bars contains close to 147 calories. But this shouldn’t stop you from adding your favorite drink to prepare delicious food. A dash of wine wouldn’t affect your weight loss journey.

Bottom Line

Pick Rose wine if you are running short of budget, looking for something that is not very strong and can easily blend with the menu you pick. Rose wines make for a good appetizer and to kick start a beautiful dinner set under the moon with your loved one.
In case you still have two minds about this drink, don’t waste more of your time. Rose wine should be added to your minibar; due to its fruity punch and bubble combination; it makes for an ideal way to relax during weekends.
Enjoy your wine!!!