Now that we have talked about red wine and white wine, let’s get into the topic of blushes or rosé wines. When someone mentions a blush wine (usually this wine is a lighter red to pink color) you may start to think about the sweeter taste of White Zinfandel. While this is the most popular blush wine, there are varying degrees of blush wine. Some blush wines are on the sweeter side while some rosés are known for their dry styles, similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon. Most wines that are listed as rosé will be on the drier side while if you see a wine labeled as a blush it will be sweeter. With recent experiments and technology advancements, blush wines are becoming more and more common. Let’s look at different blush wines for a better review of how they are made:
Pink Catawba – This wine is usually on the sweeter side and offers a fruity aroma and a nice, almost sugary, finish to it. If you have ever been up to Put-In-Bay, you know that the trip is not complete without stopping at Heineman Winery and trying their Pink Catawba. The Pink Catawba grape is light red in color during harvest season. The grape is pressed and then allowed to sit on the grape skins for only a few days to give it the pink to slight orange color.
White Merlot – This is an example of a drier blush wine and goes great with an early dinner appetizer. Similar to the red Merlot that most people are familiar with, the White Merlot is simply Merlot grapes that allowed to sit on the grape skins for a few days to give it a great pink or rosé color.
Champagne – you may come across some rosé champagnes as well in your tasting. Many champagne makers used to follow a process called blending where they would take the juice from pressed white grapes and the juice from red grapes and blend them together during the fermentation process. The wine or champagne would then be bottled and sold as a rosé wine.
If you tend to order White Zinfandel for dinner, be sure to look around for some other blush varieties and give it a chance. You just may find something new.
Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville. For more information on other wine topics, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com