It may be one of the most misunderstood wines on the tasting card.
“Yes, it’s Dry Rosé.”
“But it’s not sweet.”
“Why is under Red Wines when you serve it cold?”
“It’s meant to be serve chilled.”
Sharrott Winery’s Dry Rosé is semi-red wine that drinks like a white wine. This smooth pink wine exhibits a fruity, strawberry flavor without a hint of sweetness.
And that’s where our customers get confused. Most people believe that pink wines should be sweet, a notion made popular by blush wines and the likes of White Merlot and White Zinfandel.
Our Dry Rosé, however, couldn’t be further from these sweet pink sippers. It is made in the French style called Saignée which means to bleed. When our winemakers desire to increase the tannins and flavors in our popular red wines such as Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, they remove a small portion of the juice from the tanks early on, before the juice has had much contact with the grape skins. The remaining juice intensifies in flavor due to the decreased volume of liquid. Meanwhile, the pink juice that has been pumped off is fermented together in a separate tank to make Rosé.
A true Dry Rosé is the French wine of choice for a picnic. Due to its light body, fruity flavors and refreshing finish, it the perfect complement to salads, cheeses and light appetizers. It’s also fantastic with salmon!
If you’ve been afraid to try this pink wine, I urge you to reconsider. Try our Dry Rosé the next time you are in the Tasting Room. And get ready to be surprised…