When the day calls for a little R&R, a quick escape, or an impromptu get-together with your besties, nothing's quite as pretty and simple as a glass of Rosé. This refreshing pink vino is actually the result of a process called the skin contact method, wherein the skins of crushed dark-hued grapes are left to soak in the juice for a short period of time, tinting the liquid ever so lightly.
While it’s often touted as a summer tipple, when the temps are high and colors are bright, it’s come to be enjoyed all year round. Rosé, in its lightness, is so versatile—think of it as your trusty LBD or LWD—a no-fail option that is as vibrant at brunch as it is relaxing for cocktails. Plus, a glass in hand definitely makes for a pretty picture.
The most widely available variants of Rosé come in both still or sparkling options. The latter, comparable to champagne, is usually served in a flute. And for the still version, a white wine glass is typically the stemware of choice. Ideally, it should have a dry taste more than sweet, but the bottle you choose should be based on your preferences more than anything else.
But before you tip this pink-hued wine into your glass, did you know that there are a number of ways you can enjoy this drink? Scroll down to discover your ideal #RoseAllDay sitch:
Chilling wine is ideal in our warm weather, and for Rosé, the recommended serving temperature is the same as white wine, which is about 7- to 13-degrees Celsius according to wine-road.com; compared to reds where the suggested serving temp would be warmer, at room temperature or in the range of 13- to 18-degrees Celsius.
2. On Ice
Before you think that putting ice in Rosé would compromise the wine's integrity, think again. Unlike red wine, Rosé can definitely be enjoyed with some frozen cubes. Trina Ramos from Möet and Chandon Philippines tells us that the Ice Impérial Rosé (P4499, Boozy.ph) was developed to be served with ice, and is the first champagne line in the world to be enjoyed this way. Want to fancy things up? Drop a few slices of your favorite fruit (strawberries are a flavorful tone-on-tone match) into the water in your ice trays before freezing to give the girls something unexpected when they peek into their glasses.
A popular idea, especially in the summer, is to pour Rosé over finely crushed ice like a slushie or even freeze a mixture ahead—hence, the term frosé or frozen Rosé was coined. When Celine Lopez and Monette Garcia launched Gypsy Rosé Diamant (P1095, Boozy.ph), the first local luxury brand of Rosé, they shared that they prefer theirs served ice-cold. The pair now offers a frozen version for events.
Note, though, that frosé isn’t just about popping the bottle into the freezer. Rather, it's an intricate recipe that involvs blending an ample part of the wine with fruits such as strawberries, together with honey before putting it in the freezer perhaps a day before. Top it off with an additional splash of Rosé just before serving. You can find a recipe to pull this off here.
4. Garnished with Flowers or Herbs
Unlike other types of wine, you can dress up your Rosé with your favorite edible blooms, such as borage blossoms (which have been used in salads), dried rose buds, or even lavender! Not only will it make for a pretty drink, it also adds some dimension to your drinking experience through scent. Mint is also a great choice to top off your glass to make it even more refreshing.
5. Topped with Fruit
Sweet, tart, or tangy fruits like berries (strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and even blueberries) are great options to add to your glass of Rosé that can also enhance the flavor. A great recipe from Goop to try makes use peaches and nectarines (and no added sugar), putting a fresh spin on a traditional sangria.
6. With a Bit of Fizz
If you have a bottle of still Rosé, you can still make it sparkle with a splash of tonic water, sparkling wine, or even a seltzer. Let the bubbles lift your spirits and your mood with every sip!