Summer is here (way too early in Texas), and everyone is looking for the perfectly refreshing beverage to sip while socializing outdoors. If you’re one of the many in search of the right summertime drink, look no further than rosé wine.

What’s not to like? It’s served cold (more on this in a moment), it won’t stain your teeth, and it rarely leaves you with a hangover.

But you may also be wondering how to serve rosé wine. If so, here’s quick rundown of the perfect presentation for rosé wine, everything from temperature to the type of glasses to use. Enjoy!

Before we get too far, a little background on what rosé wine is. Rosé is made using black grapes, though the skin of those grapes come into contact only briefly. The rosé color is from the interior of the grape rather than the skin. Rosé wine often features flavors and scents of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. And here’s the most unique thing about rosé: It looks more like white wine (and is served more like white wine), but its flavor is much more like a red.


When and Where to Drink Rosé Wine

Rosé season stretches from late spring to early fall — the hottest months of the year. That’s because rosé is best served cold and it’s completely refreshing in a way that other wines simply are not.

Consider saving rosé for outdoor occasions when its coldness and color will be most appreciated. That said, rosé doesn’t fit well with pool parties. Why? Because glass is a no-no around the swimming area, and rosé is too delicious to drink from plastic (or those aluminum cans that have popped up at the grocery store).


Rosé Wine Serving Temperature

Just like its color, rosé’s serving temperature falls somewhere in between a sparkling white wine and a red. Sparkling whites are best between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and reds are best between 60 and 70 degrees. Shoot for 50 to 60 degrees when serving rosé.

Just get a bottle at the store? Pop it in the freezer for half an hour, and it should be ready for consumption. Here’s the twist, though: Don’t put the rosé back on ice after opening. When you let it sweat just a little bit, its temperature rises and brings out stronger scents and more personality.

After it has broken that sweat, you can put it back on ice — especially if it’s a hot summer day being spent outdoors.


Selecting Rosé Wine: Go Dry

Many assume that rosé wine is sweet, and you can certainly find sweet versions. But try to find something dry instead.

Sweet wines are deceptive because they aren’t particularly refreshing when it’s hot outside. But dry wines are. When you find a dry rosé, you’re able to enjoy the rosé’s cold serving temperature and the dry wine’s natural refreshing character.


Pick the Rosé Right Glasses

Looking for the perfect rosé glasses? You have 2 acceptable options:

  • Stem, Short Bowl, Slight Taper: The slight taper brings out the more full-bodied flavors. This is best for mature rosé wines.
  • Short Bowl, Flared Lip: The flared lip ensures that the wine hits the tip of the tongue where the taste buds are most sensitive. This is best for younger rosé wines.

In a pinch, feel free to use a white wine glass. Not everyone has slightly tapered, stemmed wine glasses with short bowls, and not everyone has flared-lip wine glasses. So choose your go-to white glasses, and you’ll be OK.


There’s Nothing Fussy About Rosé

Rosé is fun. It looks gorgeous, especially when direct sunlight hits a glass full of it. And it’s pretty easy, too. There’s nothing fussy about rosé.

So choose your preferred hot day, pick out a nice bottle of rosé, and have some friend over to imbibe in the shade. For those wondering how to serve rosé, rest assured: It’s not that hard.

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