Rosé days are just around the corner:—

Rosé days are just around the corner. With troubling times swirling all around, a carefree glass of liquid sunshine is a great way to take off the pressure and, for a moment to two, sip splendidly into summertime.

The delicate colour in rosé comes from the skins of red grapes. The longer the skins are left macerating with the juice, the darker the colour of the wine. If you press the grapes and allow the skins to have just a few short hours with the juice, you get pale rosé, such as MIP 2019 (12.5%) £14.95, one of my favourite pinks from Provence via Lea & Sandeman.

Winemakers also use the ‘saignée’ method, bleeding off a little wine at the beginning of the process of making a red. Some also blend red and white wine together to make rosé, most commonly in the Champagne region, using a splash or two of red to enrich their fine pink fizz.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

RAMBLIN’ ROSE: Domaine Saint Felix 2019 Pierre Martin (14.5%) £8.50 Lea & Sandeman. Idyllic elision of peach, red berries and fresh fragrance.

WHOLE LOTTA ROSE: Specially Selected Lyme Bay English Rosé (12%) £9.99 Aldi. Lemon balm, rose petals, strawberries and gorgeousness!

KISS FROM A ROSE: Mirabeau Classic 2019 (13%) £11.99 Ocado. Lush, easy drinking with or without food all summer long.

LA VIE EN ROSE: Jardin De Roses 2019 Jean Claude Mas (12.5%) £13.49 Waitrose (25% off until May 5). As summery and refreshing as sipping an entire
French fruit market.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018 (13%) £18.95 yapp.co.uk. Liquid sunbeams, hard to find a better rosé to stock up for summer.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 19th April 2020

 

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