Texas is quickly emerging as a region known for its rosé wines. Winemakers all over the state are experimenting with different styles and different grapes, and every season Texas rosé wines are garnering national attention. It's no wonder that Texans are beginning to take note of the different styles of rosé wine being produced in this burgeoning powerhouse of a state.
Origins of Rosé Wine
Provence, France’s largest southeastern region, is the most populated region and one of the warmest. It also may be one of the longest continuous wine making regions in the world, going back some 2,600 years to the Roman occupation. This was the first Roman province outside of Italy, and they called it Provincia Nostra, or “Our Province”, hence the name.
Experts believe that the origin of rosé wines began here, where the first mention was in a document from 1678 by Nicolas-Joseph Foucault describing the production process. Provence has been producing some of the world's best expressions of rosé wines ever since. The term “rosé” comes from the French word for “pink.” The pink wines of Provence are typically made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, or Mourvèdre grapes.
Texas Makes Rosé?
So, you're from Texas. You love your football, your barbeque, and your Tex-Mex. But have you ever tried Texas rosé wine?
No? Well, you're missing out.
Texas Rose wine is some of the best in the world. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a Texan. I've traveled all over, and I've tasted wine from every corner of the globe. And Texas rosé holds its own against the best of them.
But don't take my word for it. Try a bottle for yourself and see what you think. I promise you won't be disappointed.
The Different Styles of Rosé Wine
What makes rose winé so special? There are a few things: first, it's light and refreshing, making it perfect for hot weather. Second, it's versatile, pairing well with a variety of foods. Third, it's affordable, with good quality bottles for under $20.
It also comes in many styles, and knowing which one is right for you is a tough (but fun) process of trial & error. Do you want something light and refreshing, or something a little more complex?
Here in Texas, we're spoiled for choice: we've got everything from dry rosé to sweet sparkling wines, and each has its own unique flavor profile.
If you're looking for something a little more special, we've also got some premium rosé wines that are made from 100% Texas-grown grapes. These wines are aged in oak barrels, which gives them a nice roundness and complexity, perfect for summer dining.
How Rosé Wine is Made
Before the grapes have had a chance to fully ripen, they are harvested, typically early in the season. They are then crushed, releasing the juice inside. This is then put into fermentation tanks, where it’s left to ferment for a few weeks. At this point, winemakers will add yeast and other ingredients to help with the process.
The resulting wine is then bottled and aged for a few months before it's ready to be drunk. This process gives a wine that’s light, fruity, with a crisp acidity.
Why Texas Produces Amazing Rosé
At a foundational level, the climate is perfect for growing grapes. Hot summers and arid conditions put stress on the vines, making for smaller grapes with more concentrated flavor.
Perhaps most of all, Texas wine makers are passionate about their craft, and they're always experimenting with new blends and styles. When the market demands rosé, you find these Texans pouring their soul into making it the best it can be.
The Best Texas Rosé Wines to Try
Not sure where to start when it comes to Texas rose wines? Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
The first wine on our list is the Heller Estates Texas High Plains Rose. It's made with 100% Texas-grown grapes, and it has a light, refreshing flavor that's perfect for a hot day.
If you're looking for something a little bit sweeter, we recommend the Duchman Family Winery Texas Sweet Rosé. It's made with a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, and it's got a fruity flavor that's sure to please.
Last but not least, we have the McPherson Cellars Texas Rose. This wine is made with 100% Mourvèdre grapes, with a rich, earthy flavor that's perfect for a winter evening.
Try Texas Rosé
Texas rosé wine is a delicious, unique beverage that holds its own on the world stage. From the varieties in style, the unique flavor profiles produced by rugged terroir, and the pure passions of the winemakers, it’s a distinct taste of Texas that shouldn’t be missed.
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