Tucked in the rolling hills surrounding Gilroy, California, Aver Family Vineyards takes great pride in creating quality Rosé wine that has quickly become an Aver Family favorite. Rosé is perfect for any occasion from the beach to an intimate dinner. It makes a great summer sipper and pairs well with a variety foods such as Summer Strawberry Salad with Chicken, Grilled Pizzas, and Paella, an Aver Family Favorite.
Rosé and the History of Winemaking
It was 26 centuries ago, when the Greeks founded a colony in Marseille, that the first vines and winegrowing culture were introduced in Provence. The wines made in those days had a light color, similar to Rosés, because the maceration of juices with grape skins was either unknown or only practiced on a limited basis. Even after the Romans introduced red wine, Rosé was still held in high esteem in the Provence region.
During the Middle Ages, Rosé wine became a source of revenue for monasteries, as local abbeys undertook the job of winemaking. With time, Rosé evolved to become the drink of kings and princes, establishing itself as a wine of prestige by the 14th century. Rosé has experienced a rebirth over the last several years, as appreciation for its flavor profile has spread beyond the region of its birth.
How Rosé Is Made
There are three Rosé wine-making methods:
One way to make Rosé is to blend red and white wine, this method is only used for less expensive, lower quality wines and is actually not allowed in some regions especially France, with the very notable exception of Rosé champagne.
Maceration or Skin Contact
Red grape juice is left in contact with their skins, this is called must, until the desired color is obtained, at which time the must is pressed and the skins are discarded. Maceration times can take between a few hours and few days, depending on the intensity of color in the grape skins and the types of grapes used.
Rosé wines made using this method, the winemaker will bleed off some of the juice from red grape must. The juice that has been “bled off” is fermented separately becoming Rosé wine, while the remaining must is turned into red wine! Aver Family Vineyards prefers this method of making our Rosé.
California Rosé For Every Occasion
Aver Family Vineyards Rosé tends to be deep in color, usually trending more towards ruby red thanks to the use of our Estate Syrah in the blend. On the palate our Grace Rosé has a vibrant acidity that envelopes strawberry, melon and raspberry flavors, light yet bold. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, (GSM) make it easy to serve chilled or a touch warmer to bring out richness and beauty that our Grace Rosé blend has to offer.
Visit Aver Family Vineyards’ Gilroy tasting room, and experience our passion for quality wine making. Or peruse our wine offerings online for shipping in California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. We are excited to introduce you to the wonderfully rich and luxurious character of 2015 Grace Rosé – we think you’ll appreciate the magic that the Uvas Valley brings to every bottle!