Buy Rose Wine Online

We have rose wines for every taste. So buy popular and award-winning rose wine from France, Italy and around the world. We have a variety of roses wine from well-known regions such as Loire and Provence, made by the finest winemakers including Chateau du Seuil and Caves d’Escalans Whispering Angel.

Think pink: rose wine is for more than just for brunch or summertime, there’s a choice for every wine lover from the casual drinker to the connoisseur and for any occasion. Despite it being the ‘it’ drink for wine lovers and favoured by social media influencers many people don’t know exactly what it is or where it comes from.

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Historically, the wine’s home has been Provence where it is known for its dry, delicate taste. Now produced around the world including in Spain, Italy and across the pond in California. Its history goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, and is now found on every supermarket shelf and its popularity only continues to grow. An incredibly versatile wine, itcan be anything from sweet, crisp and dry to full-bodied and juicy depending on the grapes and the processes used by winemakers.

What are the different types?

Much like their red or white counterparts, this wine can be made with a variety of grapes. Here are just a few of the most popular varieties produced across the world. 

  • Grenache: Commonly found in Provence and in areas of Northern Spain where it’s called Garnacha Rosado, grenache has a moderately high amount of acidity and usually has taste notes of sweet, red fruits like strawberry and watermelon. 
  • Sangiovese: This type originated in Italy but is now produced all around the world. Its flavours and textures will vary depending on the climate where it is grown, but predominantly has cherry-like flavours and a clean, crisp finish that is heightened when served cold. 
  • Pinot noir: Commonly produced in California, pinot noir rose often has a zesty flavour and aromas of red berries such as strawberries and raspberries. 

Do they taste sweet or dry?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that all roses are sweet.

It’s true that early versions of rose wine were historically sweet, but as it’s now being produced the world over and climates, soil and winemaking processes all play their part in the end flavour. Some grapes are innately sweet, whilst others become sweet through the processes used by the winemakers. If your palate favours sweet wines, typically sweet types to try include white Merlot and pink moscato.

Wine is considered dry when all of the grape’s sugars are converted into alcohol during the fermentation process, meaning the wines produced usually have a higher alcohol content. If you’re looking for a dry wine, Grenache grapes are some of the driest in the world, and other types include Syrah and Carignan. 

The perfect partnership 

As with all wines, it all comes down to the nuance of flavours between each individual bottle and grape as to what food will complement it. In general though, there are pairings which will work beautifully together:

  • Light, dry: A light, dry bouquet can be enjoyed with what you’d eat with a dry white wine – light pasta or salads and seafood.
  • Medium dry: pairs perfectly with sweet foods and are delicious when served as a dessert wine.
  • Full bodied and fruity: These fruity grapes have big flavours that work wonders with barbecued meats and curries.
  • Sparkling: Sparkling rose wine can be anywhere between dry and medium dry. A good rule to live by is that lighter ones go well at parties with nibbly savoury food, and sweeter ones complement sweet treats such as cakes and tarts. 

What temperature should it be served at?

Of course, personal preference goes a long way when it comes to what temperature you drink your wine although it’s important to keep in mind that serving temperature can vastly affect the way wine tastes. It’s widely agreed that rose wine tastes best when served between 7°C and 13°C. Too cold and the flavours will be stifled – so a great way to achieve the optimum temperature at home is to take the bottle out of the fridge around half an hour before serving, to allow the wine to warm up ever so slightly.

What kind of glass should I drink it from?

There have been an increasing number of rose specific wine glasses created in recent times which are still under speculation. Many wine connoisseurs suggest drinking from glasses designed for white wine, with a smaller bowl and narrow rim which both keeps the wine cool and allows the aromas to concentrate. Learn more about choosing your wine glass on our blog

Impress at your next dinner party

Every day is a learning opportunity: impress your guests with this wine fact at your next get-together.

Many people believe that it is created from simply blending red and white grapes; but it is not that simple. Rose may be one of the oldest known types of wine as it uses one of the most old-fashioned methods of winemaking: maceration. This is where red grapes are juiced and left to soak (macerate) for between 12 and 24 hours. The skins are removed and the grapes are left to ferment, leading to the resulting pink hue which gets darker the longer the batch is left to macerate.

What does Fine Wines Direct UK offer?

We offer a cornucopia of wines for every nose and palate. Whispering Angel rose wine is the talk of Provence, offering a pure, round and flavourful taste balanced out by beautiful acidity. Wales’ own Ancre Hill is fresh on the palate combining notes of strawberries, lemon peel and just a hint of spice. Our Allan Scott pinot noir is an elegant wine from New Zealand that tastes like a delightful combination of bright berries, stone fruit and a medium dry finish. These beautiful, diverse wines are just a selection of our collection.

Why buy from Fine Wines Direct UK?

We are passionate about wine, and have over 100 years combined experience working in the wine trade. We pride ourselves on bringing the best wines to suit every palate from around the world, straight to your door. Many of the wines we stock are exclusive to us in the UK – you won’t find them anywhere else. We have long standing, personal relationships with vineyard owners and always look to source only the most high quality products, truly there’s no better place to buy rose wine online. If you’d prefer you can pop into our shop in Cardiff and talk with one of our experts who will advise you on the perfect wine to match your tastes. In addition to our rose selection, we also offer an outstanding array of white and red wine. It can be difficult to pick a selection when there’s so much choice, which is why we offer mixed cases where our experts curate the perfect range to suit your tastes. 

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