Okay, let’s set it straight. When the heck is National Rosé Day? Well, it really depends what part of the world you are in. However for Australia and New Zealand we officially celebrate it on the 5th of February every year.
Which means next year it’ll be on Monday 5th February 2024.
Now if you are in other parts of the world, the fourth Friday in June every year might be when you celebrate ‘Rosé Day’.
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Who came up with National Rosé Day?
For International Rosé Day in June, this was the brainchild of Valérie Rousselle, owner of Châteaux Roubine and Sainte Béatrice in Provence, France in 2018 when it first began.
For Australia and New Zealand, it was Sip NZ who created National Rosé Day in 2015 to help support local producers and raise awareness of premium New Zealand Rosé.
And it was in 2021 when @fraserinwine and myself decided that Australia should join in on NZ’s National Rosé Day too!
Never forget a national/international wine day with my printable wine days calendar!
Fun facts about Rosé
To get in the spirit of this absolutely fabulous wine holiday, let’s learn a few things about our favourite pink drink
- Rosé isn’t a grape variety, it is a style of wine
- Rosé wines can be made from a number of different grape varieties. They can be made from a single variety or a blend of 2-3 grapes varieties is also common
- The different shades of pink/orange is determined by the grape variety used as well as the length of time the juice has contact with the grape skins
- Darker Rosé usually has bigger flavours and qualities of red wine
- Rosé can be still or sparkling, sweet or dry and you may even find it called ‘blush’ at some wineries
- With the exception of rosé champagnes and rosé from Bandol in France, typically rosé is made to be drunk young.
- There are 3 common ways to make rosé wines: Skin Contact, Blending and Saignée
Learn more about drinking pink via my Rosé Wine – Your Guide to Drinking Pink blog post.
Celebrate National Rosé Day with these Rosé wines
I admit it, I drink a fair bit of wine, and I do love my Rosé! So here are some of the really tasty ones that I have tried in the last 12 months:
Souleil Wines 2021 ‘Le Rosé’
Summer weather calls for a delicious salad and wine combo.
I was kindly sent a bottle of Souleil Wines 2021 ‘Le Rosé’ to sample (thank you!!!). And I thought it would be rude not to enjoy it with the matching recipe from Good Pair Days – Prosciutto, Chickpea, and Orange Salad.
We also had some bbq apple and pork sausages which went equally well with one of my new favourite Rosés.
This southern French beauty is made from Grenache and it has a sophisticated savouriness to it. Absolutely delightful with some blood orange, wild strawberries and citrus zest. The delicious salty acidity will have you running for the beach, pool and sunshine.
Souleil Vin de Bonté are all about sustainability but they also big on helping our oceans with part of their proceeds going directly to ocean conservation.
I would 100% buy and drink this wine and I will definitely be making the salad to go with it again!
3drops Great Southern Cabernet Franc & Nebbiolo Rosé
Thank you Jo for this sample of your new release Rosé (85% Cab Franc & 15% Nebbiolo) from WA’s Great Southern wine region.
It’s a gorgeous pinky peach sunset colour in the glass with notes of fresh raspberries, crunchy red apples, lemon drops and a hint of fresh herbs straight from the garden on the nose. You won’t be able to stop once you start sipping this delectably dry yet fruit forward rosé. It’s delicate and balanced, yet has such a moreish flavour to it which sticks around long after you swallow. Matched with a sticky orange chicken dish.
Heidsieck & Co Monopole Rosé Top Brut Champagne Blend
Hands up my fellow Champagne lovers. This one is for you.
The coveted Champagne House Heidsieck & Co Monopole ‘Rosé Top’ went down so well, I would absolutely drink it again. I was kindly sent this as a sample, but I would 100% go out and buy it again.
In the glass it’s a pale peach shade with a golden shimmer to it. Florals, raspberries and lemon wedges dominate the nose for me while in the mouth it’s incredibly smooth and so darn easy to drink. Red fruits, wonderful acidity and a hint of tartness in the finish keep you going back for more
Gibson Wines Discovery Road Graciano Rosé
This Discovery Road by Gibson Wines 2021 Graciano Rosé from the Barossa Valley came in one of my Good Pair Days wine subscription monthly boxes. And it was divine!
In the glass it’s a pretty light peach shade with juicy aromas of freshly cut lemon and lime, raspberries and musk. Those flavours flow through to the palate which make it super thirst quenching and 100% smashable. I loved it!
Small Victories Wines Grenache Mataro Rosé
A big thank you to Small Victories Wine Co for sending us over their new release Grenache Mataro 2022 Rosé to try. The bottle didn’t stay full in our house for very long!!
In the glass it’s a pretty baby pink shade. Cranberrry, raspberry and juicy citrus notes rise from the glass alongside that über refreshing spring air feel. The juiciness and refreshing-ness follow through to the palate with licks of lemongrass, musk and pomegranate coming through for me.
Tell us about your favourite Rosé / what you’ll be drinking for National Rosé Day in the comments below.