Despite the title of this piece, rosé wines are by no means just a summer drink. Fresh and fruity though they mostly are, rosés today are serious wines with depth of flavour and the potential to age. The territory best known for rosé is Provence in the south of France. The fact that rosés are now accepted around the world as quality wine is because winemakers are paying them more attention, using their best grapes often grown in special parcels in their production. Whether playful and fun or savoury and serious, pink wine has now become trendy and is produced throughout the world from a vast variety of grapes. Besides the south of France, the most successful rosés come from California and parts of Spain and Italy.
Served by the magnum at top-notch resorts or by the carafe at simple bistros, rosés are a personal favourite with SI editor, Reva K Singh. On a recent visit to Abruzzo, a wine region on the Adriatic coast in east central Italy she had a most appealing rosé – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC. “It was a full-bodied wine with fresh, pure aromas and red cherry flavours made from the native Montepulciano grape, ” she said. “Rosés are ideal as an apéritif or when in doubt about what to drink with a difficult food pairing or when the dishes are not served course by course but altogether, as in an Indian meal.”
Rosé wine exports have zoomed in the last few years, and the #drinkpink trend is here to stay. Codice Citra in Abruzzo, one of the region’s biggest and leading wine producers is looking to add India to its export market.
Indian importers, where are you? Wake up and smell the roses!