When it comes to pairing wine with food, most people will opt for either red or white, because traditionally, those wines are thought to pair best with food. In recent years, though, there has been an insurgence of rosé on the market. Surprisingly enough, it’s becoming known that rosé wine pairs even better with food.That’s right, rosé is not just for summer anymore, nor is it just an aperitif wine. Rosé is all-encompassing. Rosé is for all days, seasons, celebrations, occasions. And most importantly, rosé is the perfect wine for almost all types of food. We’re not just talking oysters and salads (excuse me, sir, what is a salad?). Rosé is the real wine, for real food. See a few of our favorite pairings below.
Next time you order some pizza delivery, or head to your local pizza joint for a cheesy slice, don’t go for beer. You know what, don’t even go for that glass of Sangiovese. That’s right, go for a dry, crisp, refreshing glass (or bottle) of rosé.
We think a nice Pinot Noir rosé, such as this one from Acrobat in Oregon, would be perfect, but really, as long as it’s pink and it’s chilled, it will be just fine.
Believe it or not, the crispness and acidity of many rosé’s pair perfectly with spicy foods, as it pleasantly refreshes the palate. So at the next tailgate, ditch the filling beer and grab your favorite bottle of rosé instead… and get down on those wings!
This Beringer White Merlot is the perfect, slightly sweet, but perfectly crisp wine that will cut through the spice and leave you craving for more (rosé, that is!)
You don’t have to wait until 5 o’clock to drink rosé. In fact, when it comes to brunch cocktails, we would choose rosé over mimosas any day! We know, brunch isn’t one food, but it might as well be: strawberry topped waffles, smoked salmon benedict, pancakes slathered with syrup, or a simple scramble. We love it all.
It doesn’t matter what your brunch item of choice is, we’re positive that a chilled bottle of rosé is all you need to get your day started off just right. To make the day spectacular, try this lovely bottle of Cote des Roses from Gerard Bertrand, and after brunch you can use the bottle as a vase for roses.
Move over, tequila. Taco’s got a new girlfriend. Fish, chicken, vegetarian, beef… whether it’s from the taco truck down the street or made right in your kitchen. Rosé doesn’t discriminate when it comes to tacos, as long as it comes in a corn tortilla and is topped with some fresh guacamole.
For tacos, a bright Syrah/Grenache rosé, like this one from Provence, is the perfect option, especially if you like a little extra hot sauce. So ditch the tequila, and grab a chilled bottle of rosé.. you (and your non-existent hangover the next morning) will be glad you did.
No, we’re not talking about the boxed Kraft mac n’ cheese (as comforting and delicious as it is). The mac n’ cheese we’re thinking about is the ooey, gooey, straight-outta-the-freezer, oven-baked, Seattle-based Beecher’s mac n’ cheese. They call it the “World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese” for a reason…. and with a name like that, you gotta have the world’s best type of wine: rosé, of course.
And though there isn’t any one “world’s best wine”, this Cru Classé Cotes de Provence Rosé comes quite close, and is our choice for pairing with a nice bowl of cheesy, pasta heaven.
Whether you like your burgers topped with bleu cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions, or simply made with a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Rosé is a classic companion for this classic meal.
Any Southern France rosé, from Provence or the Rhone Valley, would be the best suitor for our favorite burgers. Try this Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault blend with your next hamburger meal for ultimate satisfaction.
Yes, you can have your cake, and eat it too… while you drink wine! And we’re going
to go out on a limb here and assume that if you’re eating chocolate cake, it’s either a birthday or a celebration of sorts, so you might as well whip out the bubbles.
And why not make it rosé? We think that Ballatore Moscato Rose is the perfect sweet sparkling rosé wine to celebrate and eat chocolate cake with.
(photo’s courtesy of BevMo!, Classic Wines of California, Chateau Ste. Marguerite)