OK, so you’ve bought some lovely Rosé wines – how do you get the best tasting experience? Here’s some general guidance put together by Rose-wine.com which might help.
Remember, that tasting tends to be quite subjective with people often having surprisingly different opinions. There are no set rules. Where wine is paired with food this can have a marked effect too. Not only does the wine often heighten appreciation of the food, the food can have an effect on the perception of the wine. Experimentation is often the best course and can be good fun!
There are various other factors that can influence your enjoyment of wine besides the wine itself. Serving temperature is one, with Rosés often being best served cool, perhaps around 8 to 12 C. When the Rosé is cold it will be quite sharp and clear and very refreshing. As it warms up to room temperature, well-made Rosé can become fruitier and slightly softer. Ideally, try the wines cool to start with, which would be most people’s preference, but if you find you enjoy it warmer then that’s best for you. Also, good ice in Rosé can be very pleasant and only has the effect of diluting the wine, not spoiling it.
Glasses make a difference mainly because a bulky glass will quickly warm up a cool wine whereas a finer glass will keep the wine cool. The size of the rim opening matters in that too narrow an opening causes you to have to tilt back your head when drinking. This fails to deliver the Rosé to the best part of the mouth for full enjoyment. A good fairly wide rimmed white wine style glass is ideal for Rosé.
Where possible it is good to let wine settle down after transit. Good Rosé is a natural product and is best stored in a cool dark place. A refrigerator will be fine, ideally a few days before drinking. The difference is small but, may just be noticeable.
There’s a great selection of Rosés available, all different to the taste, everyone’s perception of them will vary, but hopefully the above notes will help! Just add good company. Have fun! Bill