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Try It | A Girl’s Guide to Rosé

We tapped one of our favorite people/models Michele Oullet to share with us her tips on understanding and pairing the delicious pink beverage we call rosé. She & her mom Melinda Kearney produce Lorenza Wines from her home territory of Napa CA. Cheers!

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The Facts

True Rosé is made from red grapes which are harvested early in the season.  Rosé is the gorgeous pink juice that runs from the skins right after the whole clusters are gently pressed.  The longer the juice remains in contact with the red skins the darker the color until it becomes red wine which is something else altogether. Rosé is one of the most versatile wines out there! You can literally pair it with anything!  No coincidence, rosé pairs well with foods of the same color: salmon, gazpacho, crab cakes, charcuterie, shrimp and lobster rolls!

We like our wine pale pink and dry and JUICY — life is sweet enough! We have modeled LORENZA ROSE´ after THE PINK wines from the South of France, the Motherland of rosé! We particularly love rosé from Bandol. Diana Vreeland also loved pink wine!! In one of her legendary columns in 1936 she suggested to her readers, “Give a case of vin rosé—a delicious wine for luncheon or simple dinners.  We couldn’t think of a better gift! Rosé is not just for summer,  drink it year round to keep that bright sunshine flowing 365!

Pro Tips

  • The best Rose´s are pale pink, salmon or copper color
  • Provençale style Rosé is made from Rhone Varietals like Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignane, etc.
  • Serve chilled and don’t worry about adding ice cubes
  • Embrace the screw cap. Ask any aficionado and they will assure you that twist offs aren’t just for low end wines. Who needs a cork screw with you’re at the beach or on a picnic?  Easy access to fun wine.
  • Get creative with your glasses.  There is always Reidel stemware but it’s even more fun to serve rosé in mismatched antique tea cups.
  • When ordering rosé at a restaurant, don’t be shy to ask if it’s dry

Three Ways to Make Rosé

  • 0 Stars:  Add Red Wine to White Wine and Stir (anyone can do that)
  • 2 Stars:  Siphon pink juice from Red Wine tank to make the red wine more intense.  This is called a Saignee and results in higher alcohol and sometimes sweeter wines.
  • 5 Stars:  Rose Made with Intention. Pick grapes at low brix especially for Rosé and whole cluster press just until the juice turns pink, like Lorenza Rosé.

Photos by Rachel Roberts and Garance Doré.