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MOTHER’S DAY: Rosé Versus Roses

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Think pink and give Mom rosé Champagne
or other rosé wine.

Roses have become a bit clichéd as a floral gift. With no disrespect, there are other lovely flowers out there. And for Mother’s Day, the prices for roses are sky-high.

Here’s a better idea: give Mom rosé instead of roses.

“Rosé,” or blush wine, is made by leaving the skin of red grapes in contact with the juice for a short period of time, before the grapes are pressed. The grape skins are then discarded, rather than left in contact with the juice throughout fermentation (which would create red wine).

The red grape skin imparts some flavor and a lovely color (the longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the wine). Different red grapes are used to make rosé, depending on country and region.

Styles of rosé vary widely by country, (Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, U.S. etc.) region and winemaker. There are crisp rosés, medium-sweet roses (think Mateus) and sparkling rosés, the most luxurious of which is rosé Champagne. Without doubt, the latter two are the most festive for Mother’s Day and other celebrations.

Countries that make sparkling wine—such as Cava from Spain—also make rosé versions. Check out the options at your wine store and ask for recommendations.

For a memorable Mother’s Day, have a tasting of different kinds of rosé wines. Unlike the wilted roses, the wine tasting will remain a happy memory.

Another happy memory: The wonderful wine-based sorbets from Wine Cellar Sorbets (including Rosé), which you can also send to Mom.

 





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