If picturing yourself drinking a glass of chilled rosé wine conjures up images of hot summer nights spent outdoors, eating and chatting with friends, there’s a good reason: Rosé was made for warm-weather drinking. Factor in its food-friendly, easy-to-drink nature, along with a generally affordable price tag, and it’s no surprise that rosé is a popular party choice. So when choosing foods to serve with your rosé, it should come as no surprise that spring and summer party fare is just the ticket.
We may already be aware that millennials like to drink wine (big-name beers, not so much), but we may not have grasped just how much vino the young’uns are guzzling.
Now we know: a whole lot.
In 2015 alone, American millennials (in this case defined as those 21 to 38 years old) glugged through — or, more charitably, delicately sipped — 159.6 million cases of wine, according to new statistics on wine consumption unveiled by the Wine Market Council and cited by Wine Spectator. Figuring there are about 79 million millennials (estimates vary a bit), that’s more than two cases of wine per person. It’s also more wine consumption than any other generation. (Sorry, baby boomers and Gen Xers.) In fact, nearly half — 42 percent — of all wine consumed in the nation in 2015 was drunk by millennials.
The word “natural” is notoriously indistinct and ill-defined when it comes to food (though that may one day change). The term may seem especially cloudy when it is applied to wine. Yet, NPR’s The Salt blog notes, “natural wine” is currently a cult hit.
WBUR reporter Andrea Shea, clearly a fan, has offered a primer on natural wine. Here are a few things to know:
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When parties abound, it’s tempting to just buy a box of wine and let the masses descend. But if you want to put a little more thought into the season’s celebratory bottles, dazzle your guests by taking your cues from these chefs’ go-to bottles to serve, gift and brighten spirits. Read more
The Oak Bottle, billed as “the first for-home-use barrel-aging apparatus,” promises to make your “cheap or average-tasting” wine and spirits far more palatable by infusing them with an oaky flavor in anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
If you’ve found yourself drinking more rosé — or drinking it for the first time — these past two summers, you’re part of a national trend. “Folks on the coasts had heard it for a couple of years, but 2014 was where rosé really became like, it,” Devon Broglie, Whole Foods’ associate global beverage buyer, recently told Eater.
But how did the pretty pink wine get so popular, so suddenly? Eater took a look. Here are a few takeaways:
It was no accident: Having noticed the rosé trend fermenting in wine-forward areas like Southern California, buyers at national retail chains, who have a nose for such things, made a conscious decision to decant it to areas across the country.
Americans may be drinking more wine these days than we used to — especially in Washington, D.C., where, it may not surprise you to learn, more wine is consumed per capita than in any other state or district. But that doesn’t mean we know how to properly store and pour it. At what temperature should it be served? How full should our wine glasses be? And are we really supposed to decant?
Here are a few rules of thumb:
Be Chill (But Not Too Chill) About Storage: Ideally, bottles of wine should be stored (preferably, though not necessarily, on their sides) in a cool, dark place — like a basement or closet, if not in a dedicated wine cooler — at temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees F, with 55 degrees F being the sweet spot. Exposing wine to temperatures above 70 degrees F could speed aging or even flatten out the flavors and aromas, Wine Spectator warns. It’s cool to keep wine in your kitchen fridge short term, but don’t leave it there for months on end, as the low temp could damage the corks and, in turn, the wine. Aim to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations and long-term exposure to bright lighting when storing, but don’t freak out if they happen, especially if you’re planning to drink the wine sooner rather than later.