In the ultra-stylish 1957 movie Funny Face, the actress Kay Thompson, playing an eccentric fashion editor à la Diana Vreeland, sparks a national trend with her show-stopping, call-to-charms song and dance number “Think Pink.”
Change the words to “Drink Pink,” and it could be our collective warm weather anthem. Last year, Americans bought $258 million worth of rosé wine — most of it in the summer months. Not bad, considering it’s usually possible to get a perfectly lovely bottle of it for well under $20.
Rosé Wine 101
Here’s a quick download of how rosé wine comes to – excuse the pun – fruition. Any color of wine is determined by the juice making contact with the skin of the grapes from which it’s squeezed. Thus red wines are the result of the grapes’ skin bleeding into the juice for quite some time. This process is called “maceration.”
So winemakers of rosé simply allow the juice to remain in contact with the red grape skins for a shorter amount of time – just a few days – which tints the juice a lovely pinkish color. Provence hails as a renowned region for rosé wines, so look for these French wines – available at a wide range of prices – and you’ll likely love them.
Rosé All Day
It’s not just the generally reasonable prices that’s made rosé everyone’s favorite summertime sipper. It’s also that gorgeous color that looks great on many an Instagram feed (even the corset-shaped bottles are pretty!). Not to mention, a lot of rosés have a lower alcohol content than other popular wines — all the better to day drink, my dear.
Rosé has taken on such a life of its own that there’s an annual two-day festival, Pinknic, devoted to drinking it on Governor’s Island in New York City. A music journalist coined the term “roséwave” to describe his playlist of summertime pop hits, and you can’t walk into a store or yoga studio without seeing T-shirts and water bottles touting “Rosé all day,” “Rosé? Yes way,” or “Rosé and slay.” Oh, and can I interest you in a rosé gummy bear?
National Rosé Day
Having united so many disparate groups (there’s even brosé for the fellas), it’s no wonder rosé has gotten its own national holiday – the second Saturday in June, so June 9, 2018. Heck, I’ve heard there’s a whisper campaign to make it a four-day weekend.
Since all great holidays have their traditions, I’m celebrating with pretty foods, lots of flowers and floral patterns (I love scattering those whimsical graphic scrapbook papers that you can find at craft stores) cheerful friends, and a glass of rosé to ring in the season.
Mixed Berry Frosé Slushes
Yes, you can freeze rosé wine! It’s delightful chilled with dinner (or brunch), but when planning poolside libations, blending up a batch of frosé slushes is easy and special all at once.
- Pour a bottle of your favorite rosé into a freezer-proof container and freeze six hours to overnight. (If you’re pressed for time, choose a shallow baking dish. If you have 12 hours or so, you can use a plastic quart container to save precious summertime freezer space.)
- Make a simple syrup: place 1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water in a small saucepan and heat gently (stirring regularly) until the sugar dissolves (about 10 minutes).
- Pour the simple syrup over a cup of mixed berries and let the berries sit in the liquid for about 30 minutes.
- Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the liquid into a jar with a lid. Don’t press down on the berries, but do feel free to reserve them for an ice cream topping. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cool.
- Once the rosé is slushy, blend with the juice of one lemon (or two limes), a cup of ice and 2T simple syrup (more if you like it sweeter), until it’s a milkshake consistency.
- Freeze in the blender container another 30 minutes, then blend again until slushy and serve.
When thinking about what foods go best with rosé wine, I keep the makings for summer rolls on-hand all season long because A) as long as I have mint and basil growing in my garden, I can make up the rest with whatever else is in the fridge, and B) like rosé, these little rolls are just so, so pretty.
The only must-have is spring roll wrappers. Simply soak them in a pan of lukewarm water until they have lost firmness and wrap up your choice of fillings inside of them, burrito-style.
For National Rosé Day, shrimp is a pretty-in-pink choice, but here are a bunch of mix-and-match options:
- Cooked pork, steak, chicken or smoked salmon
- Grilled marinated tofu
- Bean threads or bean sprouts
- Rice noodles
- Basil, mint, cilantro — or any combo of the three
- Cucumber peelings
- Matchstick or peeled carrots
- Shitake or enoki mushrooms
- Sliced mango
- Thinly sliced red, orange or yellow bell pepper
- Shredded red cabbage
Serve with lime wedges, peanuts, and your favorite dipping sauce. Garnish with chives and their flowers if desired.
At First Blush
Sure, you can drink rosé alone, but where’s the fun and connection in that? In order to fully experience the wine that social media built, creating the perfect atmosphere is everything. Start by surrounding yourself with beautiful pink and sunny day accessories, then set the mood with intoxicating scents and sounds. (And, should you feel the need to capture the moment with a selfie, I suggest styling your shot with a rose gold thought bubble.)
Cheers and Tables
Rose gold softens the industrial edges of these mid-century classics, creating a homey and inviting vibe that makes people want to stay — and rosé — all day.
Rose-colored Glasses (and Dishes)
Once you start looking at the world through rosé eyes, you never run out of excuses to entertain.
It’s not just for Rosé Day that the color blush is perfect. It’s become a beloved neutral and on-trend décor staple for every day. For more ideas about incorporating this soft pink into your spaces, see our article about it here.
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