Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Perfect Summer Drink

Mix blueberries, strawberries and peaches with rose wine — yum!
By Lindsey McClave




Given its fast and furious rise in popularity, it’s hard to believe that rosé wine was ever the victim of false assumptions. Indeed, this “pink wine” was oft considered cheap in the States for some time, a wine that “real wine drinkers” wouldn’t dare let touch their lips. Thankfully, this stereotype is being laid to rest as we embrace the refreshing rainbow of rosé wine being crafted throughout the world.

So what makes rosé, rosé? Rosé is a style of wine that can be crafted from any red grape varietal. Regardless of skin color, the juice from grapes runs clear. Red wine derives its color from contact with the ruby skins during the fermentation process. The juice making up a rosé wine will simply be kissed by the grape skins, experiencing just enough contact to provide body and a hint of depth without weighing the wine down.



Rosé wines combine everything we love about a white wine (crisp acidity, refreshingly bright berries) with what makes red wine so lovely (full of body and nuance), and the final product is ideal for pairing with just about any food. Rosé is generally brisk and delicate enough to complement shellfish and seafood, while the body and sturdiness from the grape skins and its typically acidic nature ensures it will stand up to the most marbled of ribeyes.

With food or without, rosé is an essential beverage in our book and is perfect for mid-summer days by the pool and late summer nights at the grill. While we love rosé as it stands, this fruit-studded sangria is a lovely and colorful addition to any party. Berries and peaches are macerated lightly, coaxing their natural juices forth and mixing and mingling deliciously with an effervescent rosé prosecco. We can’t think of a better beverage to enjoy when toasting long summer days and nights!



Rosé Sangria
1 cup blueberries
1 cup diced strawberries
1 cup diced peaches
2 tsp sugar
1 bottle sparkling rosé wine

Place the berries and peaches in a bowl. Toss with the sugar and allow to sit in the refrigerator for two hours, stirring occasionally, as the fruit begins to soften and juice begins to develop. Place the fruit in a pitcher, top with cold sparkling rosé wine, stir, and serve chilled.



You can find more delicious summer drinks and recipes ideal for your next outdoor gathering here.


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