Whether you’re spending Mother’s Day with your favourite people or raising a glass over Skype, wine makes most things better. Jo Page, our wine expert, has picked her favourite rosé wines to help us forget about the present and pretend it’s summer already. They’re all available to order online, too.
Jo says: “Rosé wine is mainly made with red grapes. The colour is produced when the juice is left in contact with the grape skins for a very short time – usually less than one day. This is in contrast to red wine, where the grape skins stay with the juice throughout the fermentation process to give a much deeper colour. Rosé wine is never produced by mixing red and white wines – this is only allowed in rosé champagne.
“A wide range of grape varieties are used in rosé wine. This means there are many different styles available. From the pale onion-skin colour of Provençal rose through to the bright vivid pinks of New World versions, there’s something for everyone.
“Here are three of my favourites. They will all work well on their own, with grilled fish and summer salads or even a fruit-based dessert such as rhubarb meringue (recipe coming soon).”
Chapel Down English Rosé (£12.99 Waitrose). Chapel Down is based in Kent, where the chalky soils are similar to that found in Champagne. The wine is beautiful – like an English summer – think flavours of strawberries and cream.
Me and Monsieur Jones Rosé (£9.99 Naked Wines). From the Languedoc region of southern France, produced by wine producer Katie Jones using a blend of grapes from her and her husband’s vineyards. It is fruity and floral, slightly off-dry and very refreshing.
Miraval Rosé (£17.99 Majestic). A ‘celebrity’ wine – the estate is owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – in a very classical Provençal style. The palest of the three wines, with flavours of red berries and stone fruits.
About The Green Apron
You’ll find The Green Apron cooking school in Coggeshall, Essex. We’re focused on creating simple and seasonal dishes that are as natural as they are delicious, so our cooking classes are fun and hands-on and feature no hard-to-get ingredients or complicated equipment. If you’re interested in Thai, Indian and Italian dishes to match your wines, our cooking courses have all the inspiration you need.