Welcome to the second Saturday in June. Today is National Rosé Day. Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. It is hailed as a wine suited for a variety of dishes.
Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes, while lighter in color than a true red wine, it is also deeper in color than a white. A Rosé sits sweetly between the two. But don’t let that fool you. While a Rosé can be sweet, it is often dry.
In 2014, Bodvar – House of Rosés founded National Rosé Day to share their love of the Rosé and to give the overlooked Rosé Lover their day of celebration. In more modern times, the Rosé has become the star of Social Media, and a blushing attraction at backyard parties. The beauty of a Rosé is that it can be made with any red grape, cultivated in any wine region throughout the world. While relatively new to the American circuit, Rosé has been a mainstay in France for centuries. The characteristics of a Rosé can be fruity – like strawberries or cherries, with a flowery bouquet and notes of citrus, melons or even celery. Rosé is the perfect wine to use as the base for a Sangria. And nothing tastes quit like summer as a sparkling Sangria.
So mix up a pitcher, call your friends and neighbors, and sip the beauty of summer in a glass. Cheers!
Summer Rosé Sangria
1 pint Raspberries
1 pint Blackberries,
1 Nectarine, pitted and thinly sliced
1 Peach, white or yellow peach
1 (750 ml) bottle Provençal Rosé Wine
1-1/2 cups (10 fl. oz./310 ml) White Cranberry Juice
Rise and pat dry the berries, set aside. Pit and thinly slice the nectarine and peach, set aside.
In a pitcher, combine the rosé, cranberry juice, raspberries, blackberries, nectarine, and peach. Stir well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours for the flavors to blend and the sangria to chill well.
When ready to serve, fill 6 glasses with ice. Divide the sangria among the glasses and serve. Be sure to include some fruit in each glass.
Oh, and just for the record, as fate would have it, June 12 is also National Red Rose Day. So plant a rose bush in your yard and enjoy the beauty of summer blooms.