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Rose vs. Blush Wines

Eager novices to the colourful world of wine are commonly led by the misconception that Rose and blush wine are actually the same. The truth is, if you compare a glass of Rose and a glass of blush standing one to another, visually you won’t notice any difference in colour. But, would the world of wine be as bountiful and mystic as it is, if everything was as simple and superficial as it usually seems? Of course, not. So, what’s the secret; what’s the difference between these two types of wine that make the perfect option for refreshment and relaxation during warm, sunny, summer days.

The ultimate answer lies in understanding how red wine is made. When red wine grapes are harvested, they are processed into a special machine where stems are removed and grapes are sent into a fermentation tank. During the fermentation process, the juice soaks up the colour from the skins effectively and the longer they stay together, the darker the colour of the wine. That is the formula for making a quality, full-bodied red wine. And when it comes to producing Rose wine that features a nice pink hue, juice needs to be pressed out sooner, in order to limit the contact with the skins.


The biggest difference between Roses and blushes is that Rose wine is and never can be a blend of red and white wine, while blush wine can. Blush wine can be made out of varietals like Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo or Merlot. And has anyone ever heard a Rose being made from Cabernet Sauvignon? Anyone? Thus, it is not wrong to say that all Roses are blushes, but not all blushes are Roses. Simple, but absolutely true. Moreover, did you know that Rose wine is considered the ancestor of red wines and it is one of the earliest forms of wine ever produced?

When it comes to Rose, the term itself describes the French technique for making wines that range in colour, from light-grayish pink to dark pink. In the past, the term ‘Rose’ was used for blush wines too, but that was before the differences between the two have been revealed. Also the sweetness is not necessarily a common feature of Rose and blush wines. Hence, there are dry Roses that contain no residual sugar at all, while on the other hand, you can find Rose wines as sweet and tasty as a dessert.

Bottom line is, there are amazing Roses and blushes on the market today, so do not miss out the opportunity to beautify your celebration with whichever styles suits your taste more. Each styles pair perfectly with various delicious meals, such as: lobster, goat cheese, grilled salmon, and Italian dishes.