What’s Good with Rosé? A French Drinking Style

by Nov 26, 2020Rosé0 comments

When people try to get a better understanding of wine, one of the first things they look up is how to pair it with something. And on some occasions, they start by getting a cheap rosé and just figure out what they can cook to serve it with. What most people don’t know is that they can also just start by learning how to drink a rosé (both on its own or with a meal). Where do you learn that? Well, you can’t go wrong with drinking as the French do.

What makes the French-style so special?

Whether you like it or not, rosé was originally a French wine, and ignoring the way the French drink it is like ignoring the way Chinese people use chopsticks.

It also has a lot to do with the culture. People in France generally take their time drinking to really savour not just the taste of the wine itself but also the atmosphere, the conversation, and the flavours that come with a truly enriching meal.

How can French mannerisms really affect the taste?

For one thing, a lot of the etiquette that comes with French drinking is still pretty good table manners in other places. Can you really enjoy wine when everyone just pours and drinks it like water without so much as a toast?

The same goes for other things like using the right glass, the best time to serve it, and at what temperature it must be before popping the bottle open. These are all secrets that the French learned first and

Wine tastes best when you also help to create the mood for experiencing it. That is true for rosé as it is true for other types (and food in general).

Can drinking it slow really make the difference?

Many associate French-style drinking with slowness and the sharp perception of a sommelier. This can be intimidating for a lot of people who are just used to letting the flavors wash over their tongues as they enjoy wine with food.

On the other hand, taking your time to taste a rosé will help you appreciate it in new ways. You don’t have to be a wine expert to just experience this. You may think your sense of taste isn’t that sharp or that you don’t know enough. That doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you take the time to just notice the smaller details about how a wine feels and tastes.

Wait, why rosé? Shouldn’t we save fancy drinking for fancier wines?

Rosé does get a little bad rep for being the ‘cheaper’ wine (often because making it can be simple and it isn’t too dependent on a particular region for its grapes). Still, that might actually be all the more reason to be as perceptive as a French drinker.

Cheap rosé isn’t the only kind that’s out there. This wine can come in a wide range of flavours, strengths, and dryness (as well as price tags). By learning how to drink things the French way, you can even start recognizing the right brand that is both great value for your money and for the kind of dinner you’ll be having.

These days it may seem easier to just take a nice bottle of rosé and then look up recommended pairings online. That’s fine for starters, but if you want a wealth of knowledge for figuring out what exactly makes the pairing work, then you can’t go wrong with asking the French!