Thursday, 2 April 2009

Rosé by Another Name . . .

Here is a useful list of Rosé terms and names:

Vin Gris - a French name sometimes used for very pale rosés made from the Pinot Noir, Gamay or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Saignée - a French name that is sometimes used to describe rosé wine that has a dark pink colour which is made by leaving the wine on the lees.

Clairet – a French name for the dark pink wines usually made by the Saignée method. This is the original claret! See Bordeaux Clairet

Oeil de Perdrix (partridge’s eye) - sometimes used in France and Switzerland to describe pale pink wines made from the black Pinot Noir grape.

Rosado - rosé wine made in Portugal or Spain.

Clarete - a Spanish name that is sometimes used for their darker coloured rosé wines. Rosato - rosé wine made in Italy.

Chiaretto - an Italian name that is sometimes used for their darker coloured rosé wines.

Weinherbst - rosé wine produced in Germany.

Schillerwein - rosé wines that are produced in Germany’s Württemberg region.

Blush - sometimes used for particularly pale rosés, especially for wines from California. .

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