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We've been spoiled by a cooler-than-normal summer—until now. Who would have thought we'd get July weather in September? The good news is that we'll still be reaching for rosés to go with our bounty of tomatoes and other late-summer foods.
Once upon a time the only pink wines we found in the U.S. were sweet. White Zinfandel for domestic wines, and pink Portuguese wines like Lancers and Mateus. Some people still have bad memories of those times and shy away from rosés. But now you can find everything from a bone-dry, very pale salmon-y pink to a robust, practically magenta color with a ton of fruit. And just like reds and whites, rosés are made all over the world.
What they have in common is that nearly all rosés are made from only red wine grapes. The amount of color in the rosé depends on how long the juice spends in contact with the grape skin after crushing—that's where the color is. If you peel the skin off a red grape, it looks just like a green grape. Red wines have different fruit flavors than white wines, so you can find flavors like strawberry and plum in a rosé that you won't find in whites. Rosés also have enough acidity to make you feel refreshed when you drink them.
Since it's still pretty warm out, and there's nothing like a chilled rosé on a hot day, we're offering a chance to beat the heat at an extra 10% off on nearly all our rosés through October 18, the end of DC Wine Week. Shop via First Vine, and enter the code Pinkisin at checkout. The 10% will magically vanish from the rosés in your cart, in addition to the existing multi-bottle discounts*. An easy way to beat the heat and explore the world of pink wines!
* The discount code is good for one use per customer between September 4 and October 18, 2014. The extra 10% discount applies to all wines in the Summer Pinks category [http://firstvine.com/summer_pinks] except for the Bodega Hiriart Sobre Lías.
Tom Natan is a chemical engineer with experience in environmental science and advocacy. These days he's a wine importer and internet retailer through his company, First Vine Getting to know wine producers in France, Spain, and Italy, and giving customers a slice of life in those parts of the world through pairing food and wine pretty much means he's living the dream. Tom writes the Vine Art blog and you can find him on twitter @firstvine.