Perfect for Spring: Washington Pink Wines

April 10, 2017 by Mount Vernon Hotel

Know Your Pinks and Roses

Spring has come, and though rose wines they say are perfect summer drinks, actually no season applies to this lovely pink wine. The wine’s beautiful blush, increasing complexity and overall approachability make it pairable with just about anything – and anybody. Experts say that pinks enable red wine and white wine drinkers to meet in the middle.

The rosé is very drinkable and so affordable, that is why it is doubly accessible. Its price range and its signature pink color make it pleasing. While it is a warm weather drink, it is not meant to be aged, but best enjoyed right away. Served chilled, it is refreshing.

But do you know what makes the wine pink? Mixing red and white wine together is not how you make rosé. To make most rosé wine, red grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate with their red skins for a little while after which the juice is strained out from the solid “must” and fermented in tanks. The longer the grapes’ skins sit in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé.

Rosé isn’t from a specific grape or region; it’s a genre of wine, like red or white. France, Spain (called “rosado”), Italy (called “rosato”), and the US are the biggest volume producers. Most rosé wines are blends of multiple grapes, like Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, and Pinot Noir. In Washington state, winemakers tend to use syrah, merlot and sangiovese. And is rose wine dry? Yes it is. Rose is fresh and acidic, without extra sugar. Rose from Europe is usually more dry, new world rose is less dry.

Rose wine is food-friendly, great for barbeques, fish, veggies, chicken, grilled steak, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, and more. It’s also great for cocktails. Have a glass of spring wine now or have it any time.

Celebrate Spring with Pink Wine near Mount Vernon

Know that when you visit Mount Vernon and stay with us, be assured you’ll enjoy all that Washington can offer by way of wine. You are in premiere wine country! Reds and whites and roses are available when asked.