29 Aug What’s wrong with this picture? For Wine Thursday!, we’re clearing up a misconception about rosé
Rosé has become
one of the most popular types
of wine in the world.
It is also widely misunderstood.
There’s a common misconception that
winemakers randomly blend their B-grade red wine
with their B-grade white wine
they have rosé.
Admittedly, there are some questionable producers
who do mix red with white and pass it off as rosé.
But that’s not true rosé.
That’s nothing more than blended wine…and sketchy marketing.
Real rosé is the result of a very specific process.
Rosé is produced when,
right after grapes are crushed,
the grape skins are left in the juice
for a short period of time.
if the skins are removed immediately,
you get white wine.
If they are left in the juice longer,
you wind up with red wine.
Straddle those two ends of the skin-contact spectrum
and you get rosé.
Rosé can be made from most every type of grape…
usually red but occasionally white.
For Wine Thursday!
our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price
we’re focusing on a rosé
made from a grape common to France
but uncommon to the US.
Abacela 2018 Grenache Rosé
From their winery in Roseburg, Oregon,
the folks at Abacela often take the path less traveled.
Grenache rosé usually comes from southern France,
not southern Oregon.
But for years now,
Abacela has been producing
the exception to the rule.
This is not your grandmother’s boring sweet rosé.
It’s grapefruit-tart and pleasantly tangy…
bright, crisp and loaded with acid.
There are many lacklustre rosés on the market.
Unlike those, this grenache rosé gets your attention…
in a good way.
We found Abacela 2018 Grenache Rosé
at Trader Joe’s for $14.99,
at Fred Meyer for $16.99
and at New Seasons
and Market of Choice for $17.99.