Weekly Wine Quiz: A Rosé Is A Rose Is A What?

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Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps like you, I do not supply the quiz answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. Blah, blah, blah – you know all this already…

Continuing our current theme of quizzing you about winemaking comes this week question, which has nothing whatsoever to do with Friday the 13th, unless you suffer from triskaidekaphobia and feel that you will answer unluckily, I mean:

A Rosé Is A Rose Is A What?

How are rosé wines made?

  • A. Red wine grapes are pressed directly, and the juice is fermented without any contact with the grape skins (as in white wine).
  • B. Exactly the same way as red wine, only for a shorter, abbreviated period of maceration.
  • C. “Free run” juice from maceration of red wine grapes is “bled” from the grapes, and then continues fermentation without skin contact.
  • D. Red and white wines are blended together.
  • E. All of the above

Cheers – and good luck!





  • Jeff

    That would be E.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jeff – great avatar pic, by the way!

  • Jim Nordaker

    E. all of the above.

    Love the Rose's, tried a Piattelli Rose of Malbec last night

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jim!

  • Jeff E

    I will say B.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jeff!

  • Dan

    With regard to A, whats the difference between using this practice to produce Rose and using it to produce white wine from red grapes?

    • 1WineDude

      Dan – there is none, apart from using red wine grapes instead of white, creating what is commonly called a Vin Gris.

  • Joel Ohmart

    I will go with E Alex.

    • 1WineDude

      Joel – I'll take "Obscure Sangiovese Roses for $800, please"…

  • @fatcork

    C & D.

    My $.02 with regard to Champagne is that I used to think the "saignee" method (C), was superior to the blending method (D). But after tasting hundreds of Rosé Champagnes made in both methods, I have concluded that there is no one method that stands above the other, just individual Champagnes that stand above others!

    Cheers, Bryan

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Bryan!

  • 1WineDude

    Alllllrighty then… here is your Wine Quiz Answer:

    E. All of the above

    Rosé wine is made in many forms. It can be made exactly as a white wine but using red wine grapes ("vin gris"), as a result of an "abbreviated" red wine vinification with skin contact, or (more commonly in fine wine, and usually with superior results) using the "saignée" method of bleeding off red wine juice to finish a normal fermentation period without further skin contact. Red and white wine can also be blended together to make rosé, though the results are often poor (that last method is actually forbidden in many EU wine producing regions).

  • gabe

    we killed our rose this year. too much toast on one of the barrels. if we had caught it early, we might have saved the rest of the barrels. instead, we've got three barrels of topping wine. :-(

    • 1WineDude

      Gabe – ouch!!

      • gabe

        Joe – I guess that is the price you pay for experimenting. Sometimes the results are fantatsic – other times, it turns into topping wine :-/

        • 1WineDude

          gabe – that is also the fun of it. I really believe that. It is just the same as every time that Is screw up when playing my bass – a learning opportunity. People tend to forget the power of those negative experiences as potentially being formative, I think – a chance to learn more about the WHYs of what it is about something that you do not like. Cheers!

          • gabe

            well said. cheers

            • 1WineDude

              gabe – I am just trying to live up to the high standards that folks like you set around here! :)

  • traductionvin

    So everybody inFrance got this wrong….blending strictly lllegal here.

    • 1WineDude

      traductionvin – Indeed! I think it is that way for much of Western Europe, actually?

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