Rosé is a type of wine made from red wine grapes and produced in a similar manner to red wine. Rosé is produced around the world, as it can be cultivated in any wine-growing region. Rosé is typically a blended wine, made from a variety of different wine grapes, but can also be a single varietal wine, made from one type of grape.
Rosé gets its distinct pink color through a production process known as maceration, the most common way to make pink wine. Red grapes are juiced and left to soak (macerate) with their skins for a day or two until the juice turns a subtle pink color. The grape skins are then removed and the juice continues to ferment. The longer the rosé is left to macerate with the skins, the darker the wine will get. This is why rosé wines can range in color from pale blush to bright pink.
Rosé resembles the flavor profile of light red wine, but with brighter and crisper tasting notes. Common flavors of rosé include red fruits, flowers, citrus, melon, and celery.
Rosé wines can be either sweet or dry but tend to err on the dry side overall. Rosé produced in the Old World is typically bone dry, while rosé produced in the New World is often sweeter and has a more pronounced fruit flavor. The most popular sweet rosé wines are White Zinfandel, White Merlot, and Pink Moscato. Dry rosé wines are usually comprised of the Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, and Pinot Noir grape varietals.