Rosé Wine FAQs | Questions & Answers

Rosé Wine FAQs

So many questions about Rosé Wine Types and Rosé Wine Trivia. This short video answers some of the viewer questions that WineScribble has received about Rosé Wine over the last few months! Cheers Tasters, and enjoy the presentation.

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Hey Tasters! My inbox on Instagram seems to be receiving a lot of questions about rosé wine lately. I’ve already answered them want one, but it seems to me that rosé is causing some anxiety out there.


Rosé is a chilled wine literally and figuratively.

So, here on my phone I have your most frequently asked questions about rosé wine. Let’s go through them shall we?

Rosé Wine: Is it always French?

Question one, is rosé always French?

Here are five rosé wines that I just had lying around the office. Three are from Cyprus and two are from Greece. So clearly not all rosé is French.

But let’s talk about the word rosé. That chic little accent on the last ‘e’ is definitely French, and the most famous rosé region in the world Provence, is in France. In fact there is evidence to suggest that winemakers have been producing rosé wine in Provence since 600 BC. No wonder that so many good rosé wines are indeed French.

However, any red grape variety anywhere in the world can be used to produce rosé wine.

These two rosé wines from the island of Limnos are a blend of Muscat and Limnio varieties. This rosé by Dafermou winery is a blend of Syrah and our local Maratheftiko. This rosé by Nelion winery is a blend of black Muscat and Maratheftiko. And finally this rosé by Ekfraseis winery is made exclusively using our local Mavro grapes.

The fact is that many wine regions from all over the world produce outstanding rosé.

Question About Pink Wine: Is it always sweet?

Question two, are darker rosé sweeter than light colour rosé?

I think we’re all suffering from white Zin related post-traumatic stress. Dark super sweet rosé wines, sometimes known as blush wines, were all the rage in the 80s. But then again, so were Whitesnake.

We have learned and we have moved on. I think it’s natural to assume that the wine in the colour of cotton candy, is bound to taste the sweet as cotton candy. But, this is not the case at all.

The colour is determined partially by the grape variety used, but mainly by the skin contact time during maceration. So, if anything, longer contact time of the skins and juice would bring savoury elements from the phenols and tannins into the rosé rather than sweetness.

The sweetness in all wine is a matter of how much residual sugar the winemaker has chosen to leave in. These five rosé wines in front of me come in all styles and levels of sweetness, semi-sweet and sparkling, dry and semi dry.

Is White Zin actually a Rosé Wine?

Question three, is White Zinfandel similar to rosé?

No, not similar, White Zinfandel is exactly the same as rosé.

Rosé Wine Food Pairing

Question four, what food should I pair with rosé?

One of the best things about rosé wine is that its character is red, but its personality is white. It has some tannic structure like a red wine, but it also comes with a crisp acidity that one associate with white wine. This makes it food friendly and versatile.

You will struggle to find a dish that does not make friends with rosé wine.

Roast chicken, check!

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, check!

Oysters, sure!

Goat cheese salad, go straight ahead.

And has it come off the barbecue? Whatever it is, uncork your rosé now.

Rosé Wine: Is it only a summer wine?

And question five, is rosé only appropriate in the summer?

Now why would you restrict your wine enjoyment like that? Yes it is a wine that we serve chilled and yes we often enjoy rosé when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

But, why not let rosé bring some sunshine into a winter day. And why miss out of the incredible pairing powers of rosé.

Did you know, for example, that rosé is fantastic paired with a Thanksgiving dinner? Not only do you keep the red and the white wine lovers happy, but rosé versatility will come to your rescue. It will play really well with all the full flavors in your table. And, it will match everything from the savoury turkey roast to the roasted sweet potatoes to the green bean casserole.

It’s nearly lunchtime here at the office. I have prepared the a prawn salad and I am going to pair it with this beautiful rosé from Nelion winery.


So those were your most frequently asked questions about rosé wine. Thank you for sending them in, Tasters! Please keep them coming. Your questions and comments help me create content that you find both useful and fun.

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