“Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes, it’s summer
My time of year
Yes, it’s summer
My time of year”
Summer – War 1974
I love summer. When summer arrived in Chicago where I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, it meant that the weather was going to heat up, no more school, and baseball season was in full swing! I still love summer. The weather gets warmer, days get longer, baseball is in full swing – sadly without Vin Scully – and it is the unofficial start of Rosé season.
Personally I think Rosé season should be throughout the year. It’s a very versatile wine that should be enjoyed by itself or with food at anytime of the year. This year on June 10th is National Rosé Day. Let’s get a jump on everyone else and enjoy some special Rosés this week. I will be pouring four outstanding Rosés this week at The Tasting Room including a sparkling brut. All of the Rosés hail from Germany and are delicious. Click here to get all the details on the Rosés that I will be featuring. Tastings this week!
While you’re sipping on your favorite Rosé, here’s a few fun facts on this marvelous wine……..
♦Rosé wine is primarily made using the maceration method – letting the grape juice rest in contact with the skins of the grapes for a certain period of time. The longer the winemaker lets the juice stay in contact with the skins, the wine will have a darker tint. The time period can be from 2 to 24 hours. Rosé is also made using the saignée method – bleeding off a portion of the juice from a tank of red wine – to produce a rosé. Lastly, a Rosé can be produced by blending red and white wine, this practice is prohibited in certain parts of Europe but interestingly enough, not in the Champagne region where blending is used to make Rosé Champagne.
♦Did you know that France consumes more Rosé than white wine?
♦Together, France and the US consume nearly half of the annual 594.4 million gallons of rosé produced globally.
♦Between 2002 and 2012, France produced the most Rosé in the world followed by Italy and the USA.
♦In 2012, France consumed the most Rosé in the world followed by the USA and Germany.
♦White Zinfandel is an off-dry Rosé. It was accidentally invented by Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home when a batch of dry white zinfandel stopped fermenting causing more residual sugar to remain in the wine. The rest is history. Although some frown on white zinfandel, I feel that white zinfandel gets people to start drinking wine and then subsequently move on to bigger and better wines! So, cheers to all you white zinsters!