Pink and pink: Blush and Rose

Pink wines are a delightful thing. They are appreciated for their amazing color, for kaleidoscopic bouquets, for their lightness and universal compatibility with a huge number of dishes.

And immediately boring question from the audience: ” But why is it written on some wines” Blush “, and on others -” Rosé “?

What is Blush?

The grape juice has no color, all the shades that appear in the wine are the merit of the grape skin.

The color palette of wines with the “blush” marking starts from pale pink and salmon to rich pink.
When the winemaker decides to make the wine “blash”, he can add a pink color in two ways:
-) give the transparent grape juice to stay in contact with the skin of red grapes a little time or
-) mix a little red wine with white.
Blasch wines are often called “pink”.

Rosé and Blush

Naturally, ordinary wine lovers do not particularly understand and often mix the terms “Rosé” and “Blush”.

And there is a difference.
1. Any wine called “rosé”, on one of the stages of production, comes into contact with grape skin for several hours: to give the drink a color.
2. “Rosé” is never produced by mixing white and red wine. Coloring in wines with this name – only because of contact with the skin of the grapes.
3. The technology for producing wines marked “Blush” allows for contact with the skin and mixing of white and red wine.
4. All “rosé” – “blush”, but not all “blush” – “rosé”.

rose wine

The term “rosé” (roze) implies a technology that is more “French”. These wines have a color palette from pale pink to very saturated and dark pink.
Recently, the term rosé will increasingly supplant the concept of blush.
Although the result of production can be almost indistinguishable, blush is usually associated with mass production, the purpose of which is the maximum volume, rosé – wine, which is focused primarily on the production tradition.

The main features of pink wines.

Rosé wines, rosé and blush, are more like white wines. Only, unlike white, in pink there is a ” body “: a few tannins that arise in connection with red grapes.

Typically, pink wines are very light, and hot summer days – this is the time of the year when pink are at the peak of demand.
For lightness, freshness and unobtrusiveness.

Saturated pink according to the characteristics can approach red wines. If we compare them, then the pink ones are not so deeply structured, they have less flavor nuances.

Wines of the Old World are mostly very dry, the New World produces more sweet and not so strong options.
Blush wines are lighter, bright, floral and fruity. Rose – stricter, laconic and more acidic (but some are no and tasteless).

A good variant of rose wine has an excellent balance of “alcohol / sugar / acidity”. And very often very sane price tag.
Such wines are not so intense and saturated, but no less interesting.

Varieties of grapes. 
In the US, the most common pink are White Zinfandel, White Merlot and White Grenache. They are classified as “Blush”.
Although the title and containing the word “White”, all in fact are red grades. They were “whitened” due to the fact that the contact of the juice with the skin was minimized during production.

For the production of Rosé use a much wider variety of varieties: there are varieties of pink from the Sangiovese variety , and rare wines from Champagne are not rare.
In principle, pink wine can be made from any red grape variety.

rose and strawberry

At what temperature should I serve the rose wines? 
Roses and blasts are served well chilled to 5-7 degrees Celsius.
Well-structured, dry high-quality pink must be served a little warmer: 6-9 degrees. Such bouquets should be given a little open.

With what to drink rose wines?

The main advantage of pink is lightness and versatility. These wines combine the airiness and lightness of whites and the depth and richness of the reds.
And they fit almost everything:

  • goat cheese
  • salmon
  • B-B-Q
  • lobster
  • dishes of Italian cuisine with red sauces
  • much more that will come to your mind.

To understand how cool to drink pink wines – drink a couple of glasses of White Zinfandel . You will be amazed at how amazing pink can be.
In principle, if you come across pink, do not be afraid to experiment, almost certainly you will like the result.

A lot of varieties.

The funniest thing is that pink wines can be made from any sorts of grapes! What winemakers actively use. So, before you opens a huge-enormous list of drinks, which should pay attention.
You can, for example, choose your favorite red wine, and then find the same kind of grapes only in pink “performance.” Suddenly, so you can find your new favorite wine.

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