In the US, rosé is traditionally associated with the summer: barbecues, al fresco picnics and long warm evenings are the perfect settings for a glass of chilled pink wine. We all feel the allure of a refreshing glass of rosé when the sun comes out, and pink feels like an appropriately frivolous color for a time of fun and relaxation. Rosé is the perfect drink for hot weather, with its lightness and flavors of summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries.
However, rosé is increasingly being drunk year-round and there are many factors which make it an appropriate and pleasant choice for autumn and winter as well as for the warmer months. In France, where many of the best rosé regions are located, it is drunk in all seasons and in fact the French now consume more rosé than white wine. The fuller body and fruity notes usually associated with red wine are combined with the refreshing crispness of a good white, making rosé extremely versatile and perfect for pairing with a range of more wintery foods.
Many wine makers are now emphasizing the multi-seasonal appeal of rosé. Provence’s Chateau de Pinarbon has recently announced that it will be releasing a new limited-edition rosé cuvée, aimed at year-round drinking, which they hope to market to traditional red and white wine drinkers. It is a wine with a carefully crafted structure and therefore benefits from a slightly longer aging period. It is presented as a more ‘gourmet’ rosé option which lends itself to autumn and winter consumption.