A mix of
red and white?
Rosé is not a mix of red and white wine. Well, not entirely anyway. Some pink champagnes are the product of a combination of red and white wine. However, in the production of rosé, it’s important to note that the colour comes from the skin of the red grapes used. When making rosé, you have to extract a portion of the colour from the skins, as if you were making a very pale red wine. Here are two of the most frequent techniques used.
This technique consists of gently pressing the red grapes with the help of a press. In the few minutes it takes to accomplish this task, a light-coloured and very subtle-tasting juice is obtained. This is the same technique used to make white wine. Rosés made in this fashion are very refreshing, like wines from Provence for example. Making a good rosé is all about finding the perfect balance between colour and tannins.