June 10th is National Rosé Day, and we know just how to celebrate. Share your love for the pink stuff in style by incorporating it into your wedding day. If you're a summertime bride- or groom-to-be, then take note: Rosé is the It drink of the season.
Though popular, you may know less about the beverage than your classic red and white. That's why we spoke to Katie Owen, Wine Director of wine club Winc. The subscription-service rep knows all about the pink drink, and she answers the questions we know you're asking. For flawless integration of the just-plain-pretty sip, look no further than these must-knows.
First thing first: Why serve rosé?
"There are many reasons to serve rosé at a summer wedding, but there are two that are, in my opinion, most prominent," shares Owen. "First, rosé is the ultimate refresher." Warm-weather weddings can be hot, hot, hot, and the attire isn't doing any favors. "Men are looking dapper in suits or tuxes, and us women know that sometimes we're not in the most comfortable—or airy—gowns or dresses. What we ultimately want while we're standing in the blazing sun is something that is served chilled," she poses. That alone makes rosé a viable go-to, especially in an outdoor setting.
"Secondly, rosé is versatile when it comes to food, so it's a fail-safe pairing for what you've got on the menu. It's hard to find a wine that will pair well with all courses, from the apps all the way through to mains and even dessert." Looking for a fool-proof bottle? "A dry rosé is a great option," says Owen. "It won't be overbearing in flavor and is likely to have the acidity that a wine needs to pair well with food."
So, rosé is adaptable, but what are the best summer foods to pair it with?
Turns out, there are a ton that Owen approves. Love poultry? Try fried chicken or chicken piccata. More of a seafood gal or guy? Opt for tuna, mussels, shrimp, ceviche, or delicious salmon with pesto. Gazpacho pairs well for a flavorful soup, and arugula salads taste great alongside rosé (especially with pecorino sprinkled on). For apps, you can't go wrong with charcuterie and cheese, and feel free to include bruschetta, too. Casual, beachy, Italian, you name it—rosé will ensure that your menu's got it.
Serving it straight seems easy, but what about in a signature drink?
Refreshing and just plain pretty, why wouldn't you want to experiment with the wine? Owen's got you covered with five super-simple recipes, featuring wines her subscription service carries.
Garden Party Punch: 3 oz Summer Water Rosé, 1 ½ oz gin, 3 oz ruby-red grapefruit juice, one edible-flower ice cube, and one rosemary sprig.
Yes Way Negroné: 3 oz Summer Water Rosé, ¾ oz Campari, 1 oz Lillet Blanc, and one grapefruit peel.
Friends with Benefits: (from Kat Odell's Day Drinking): 4 cups ginger beer, one bottle Ruza Rosé, one bottle Cocchi Aperitivo Americano, 2 cups fresh lemon juice, 10 dashes grapefruit bitters, lemon wheels, and edible-flower ice cubes.