Italian Food, Wine and Travel Weighs in on Rosé
Our Italian Food, Wine and Travel blogging group (#ItalianFWT on Twitter) has been writing about all of the different regions in Italy and what they have to offer in terms of food, wine, travel, culture and more. We have discovered many tasty bottles of vino, cooked up new, mouth-watering recipes to accompany our vino and uncovered lots of hidden gems and exciting places to travel in Italy. This month, we are excited to take a closer look at the blush colored wine we know as Rosé, and Italians know as Rosato.
What is rosé and how is it made?
There are three methods used to make the pinkish, rosé wine: maceration or skin contact method (direct pressing of red wine grapes for a short period of time), saignée method (bleeding of the must), and blending method (blending white and red wines-very uncommon). The amount of time the grapes are in contact with the skins determines the color or the shade of the wine. As the color or shade of rosés and/or rosatos vary, so does the sweetness level. Additionally, a rosé can be still or sparkling.
Although Italian rosato is usually associated with Puglia, it is found all over the peninsula, in every region. Moreover, Italian rosés are made from many different grape varieties, as opposed to the same few that other rosé-producing countries use (syrah, grenache, pinot noir). Some examples of the grape varieties used in Italian rosato production are Bonarda, Brachetto and Lambrusco in the northern regions, Nebbiolo, Canaiolo, Sangiovese and Montepulciano in the Central regions, and Negro Amaro, Aglianico, Bombino Nero, Frappato and Nero d’Avola in the southern regions. There are over 1000 Italian wine grapes, so…you get the point!
Therefore, this month, the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group are discussing Rosato from any region in Italy. It will interesting to see how Italian rosato compares to rosés from other countries, or even from one Italian region to the next. Since we also love to write and read about food and travel, we invite bloggers to share their stories on the regions of Tuscany or Puglia (since these are also rosé- producing regions).
So please join us, as our Italian Food Wine & Travel group weighs in on the rosés of Italy!
Join our Italian blogging group this Saturday, August 6 at 11am EST on Twitter at #ItalianFWT to chat about Rosé wines from Italy. Here’s a Preview of What’s to Come:
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