One of our favourite things about this time of year (and there are so many to choose from) is the amazing variety of rosé wines available. And what is not to like about pink wine?

There are some misconceptions about rosé and we are here to clear those up and to point you in the direction of a few that we love. But really, the only way to find your favourites is to try, try again. So get busy and start pouring.

So what exactly is rosé?  Rosés are a style of wines made from lots of different types of grapes and from almost every wine producing region around the world.  They are usually made from a blend of a few different types of grapes – part of what makes them so easy drinking – a little too easy sometimes. Take our word for it.

A wine bucket and glasses full of rose wine

So what makes it pink? No…mixing red and white wine doesn’t’ make rosé! Dark skinned grapes are used and the wine is left in contact with the skins just long enough to make the wine pink. The longer the wine is left in contact with the grape skins, the darker pink the wine will be – the many shades of rosé.

Now you know what makes it pink you might wonder what kind of food does rosé go with? We might be slightly biases, but we think it goes with almost everything. It really is one of the most versatile wines. It’s great with BBQ, picnics, seafood, spicy food, on the patio, in the backyard or even on a white table cloth. Rosé can really hold its own anywhere. But don’t just take our word for it. Get out there and try it.

Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Rosés are meant to be enjoyed! Look for one with the current vintage (this summer it will be wines with 2015 vintage). Don’t store or cellar them. Chill and quaff.
  • We prefer our rosés dry and think you will too. Just because the wine is pink doesn’t mean it should taste like bubble-gum. If you’re feeling a bit lost just ask for one that is dry with nice acidity.
  • Speaking of dry – a good rule of thumb to remember is European rosés (France, Italy, Spain, etc) will often be drier than New World (California, South America, etc) rosés.
  • Serve it chilled. Rosés are like whites in that they are both best served around 45 degrees F or 7 degrees C.

Here are some that we really enjoy. Let us know which one is your favourite and don’t forget to tag us @5ive15ifteen on all your pics of pink drinks!

Castillo de Almansa Rosado
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Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Rosato
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Wildass Rosé
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Ogier Cotes du Ventoux Rosé
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Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé
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