Close your eyes and imagine yourself lounging on your patio with a few girlfriends, chatting it up with good food, and a glass of wine in your hand. What kind of wine did you envision yourself with? Was it rosé? If yes, keep reading. If no, keep reading.
Ok, so rosé and I had a complicated relationship for a few years. When I was growing up, my mom’s drink of choice was Sutter Homes White Zinfandel. We always had a bottle in the fridge, and of course I had a sip every now and then when no one was looking. I remember thinking it tasted like strawberry Kool-Aid, and couldn’t wait until I was allowed to drink it with the adults!
As I got older and started drinking more wines, I began to dislike this white zinfandel. My palette changed, and I favored drier wines. I completely wrote off those once-beloved Sutter Homes and Arbor Mist adult-juices, and along with that, rosé.
Fast forward to a few years ago when I started learning more about wines, and the pink drink was on my radar again. Firstly, I was shocked to learn that all blush wines didn’t have to be sweet! I was equally shocked that it wasn’t made from pink grapes OR by mixing white and red wines together (spoiler alert).
Keep scrolling to learn how rosé wine is made + how to sip rosé in style!
How Rosé Wine Is Made
Rosé is a blush wine that’s made when the skins of red or black grapes like: Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Pinot Noir, come into contact with its clear grape juice and give the wine a pink tint.
The popular dry rosés that I love are Provençal-style wines yielded through the direct-press method. That means red or black grapes (like the ones above) are harvested, and immediately pressed or crushed to extract their juice. After the juice has reached the perfect pink color (typically after 12-36 hours), the skins are removed and the juice is transferred to a fermentation tank.
From there, the wine is bottled up and shipped to a store near you.
What you get is a pale-pink, dry and fruity glass of sunshine symbolizing happiness, love, and good vibes. Many view rosé as a drink intended only for summer (or summer water), but I like to keep the happiness and good vibes flowing year round. It’s a way of life…trendy but timeless.
Rosé & Chambray
That leads me to chambray: denim’s not-so-evil step sister. When I think about chambray, I think glam, versatility and comfort.
When chambray is paired with a glass of rosé, you may experience symptoms such as: extreme fabulosity, increased confidence, wanderlust and excessive selfie taking. You have been warned.
By pairing it with distressed black jean leggings, it gives the look a little edge. By the way, these jeans are a closet essential, and I wear them year-round! They’re super comfy and very flattering, which are basically the two most important things (other than price) that I look for when evaluating a pair of jeans.
This look is perfect for a casual lunch date, and is best accessorized with a glass of rosé, rose gold jewelry, and a side of confidence.
Will you be drinking rosé this summer? Tell me in the comments below!