Although rosé is easy to find and countless articles have been written extolling its virtues, it's still a misunderstood wine. Back in the old days (the '70s and '80s), it was a sweet sipper characterized mostly as a “woman’s wine.” You know, because women like pink, right?
In Europe, there never was that stigma. European women drink rosé, yes, but so do plenty of men. It’s the essence of summer, and it can range from a deep strawberry hue to a pale, almost apricot shade.
“Rosé is usually just the extra-short maceration of red grapes,” Secco Wine Bar’s Julia Battaglini says. Gently pressing immature red grapes is another method. Mixing white grapes with red? Back in 2009, the European Union tried to legalize the practice, but the French were so horrified, that they stopped it in its tracks.
Why were we saddled with such sad pink wine for so many years? “The wines of my youth were skewed sweet out of fear," she says. "Are you afraid? No, you are not. Therefore rosés of the present are mostly dry.”
Battaglini will lead Secco’s 2015 Rosé Rumble, a now five-year-old rosé wine crawl through Carytown, with additional stops in the Museum District, May 14. Attendees will start the crawl at Amuse at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, you can hang with your new friends at the Room at Secco and taste more than 14 different 2014 rosés.
“Dress comfortably. Bring cash if you're in a hurry,” Battaglini advises. “Wear comfy shoes. Wear pink! And be cool with chaos.”You can RSVP by following this link.