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I’m not a big fan of rose wines. My wife is and fortunately so it the Kitchn. Here are their Rosé Wine Buying Tips <link>

“1. Look for the current vintage, which this year will be the wines of 2008. That said, I did taste a number of 2007’s that had retained all their freshness and youthful bright fruit, as well as one or two from 2006.

2. As most rosé wines do not indicate whether dry or off-dry, it is worth remembering that in general, old world producing countries will be dry. For the New World, ask the sales assistant, if the back label information does not help.

3. Ask about the grape variety. Traditionally many rosé wines are blends. However today we see more and more varietal rosé, made from Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec to name but a few.

4. Experiment – Rosé wines are keenly priced. Most run from under $10 to about $20. Try different ones for sipping, or with your favorite foods.”

But the article goes much further giving background and makes recommendations. If you’re into rose, it’s well worth a read. Me? I’m unconvinced.

Update: More rose coverage. This time the New York Times <link>. More on the business and politics of the rose trade.

Update: The Times (of London) joins in <link>. Jane McQuilty says, “The pink wine boom continues. Our thirst for rosé, far from being a craze, is still growing year on year and there are walls of pinks everywhere, with Tesco fielding a sticky, supposedly crowd-pleasing selection of more than 50 bottles, while discerning Waitrose offers 40 and Majestic Wine 35.”

Update: I think it’s written in Swedish, but it definitely someone’s list of recommended rose wines and the names of the wines can be understood, even if the rating system is a little obscure. <link>

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