Celebrate summer, friends and all things pink on National Rosé Day! Not many people need an excuse to open a fresh bottle of rosé wine but we’ve got some great ideas on how to turn the day into a fun and memorable occasion. Held every year on the second Saturday in June, this year falling on June 13, National Rosé Day was started by Swedish Rosé house Bodvár to pay homage to this glorious summertime wine. Whether you prefer your rosé still or bubbly, sweet or dry, deep pink or more orange, raise a glass to this perfect summer sipper.
History of National Rosé Day
When the sky clears up, the sun is shining and the sunbeds come out, it’s the perfect time to get yourself a glass of the silky pink drink. But who was the magician that first bottled the pink haziness of the dusk sky?
Unfortunately, the exact moment when the beverage was first made is still unknown since long ago, many of the more familiar red wines were commonly pink in color. This is because the techniques used to make darker wines like hard pressing weren’t widely practiced. Places like ancient Greece, who were experts in all things wine, preferred the lighter drinks as you appeared more civilized.
The Greeks and Romans finally figured out a way to separate their red and white wines, but it was around the middle ages when people from Phocaea, modern-day Turkey, brought grapevines to the old city of Marseille, turning people’s heads towards rosé.
However, rosé had its coming to America party a bit too late. It wasn’t until recent times one of the famous American wineries, Sutter Home Winery, tried to replicate the summer drink — and failed, with their first result being too sweet with an unpleasant aftertaste. That didn’t stop the winery from finding a way to perfect the recipe and become the first producers of the blush drink.
Nowadays, rosé is associated with all things chic, class, glamour, etc. It’s so widely popular, that it’s considered a wine to quench thirst. An easy-going drink to sip on while you’re cooking or a refreshment offered to guests before having dinner.
The bubbly rosé status was solidified in 2014 when the Hamptons had a shortage of rosé. And it wasn’t a surprise that in October of the same year National Rosé Day was made official.