Rosé wine in India

Renowned wine guru Jancis Robinson recently tweeted an article by Cher Lim on the consumption of Rosé wines in Asia. In her article, ‘Why Asia lacks Pinkos’, Cher makes excellent observations about how Rosé wines are perceived in China, Singapore and other Asian countries. The situation of Rosé wine consumption in India is similar to the rest of Asia. I believe that Cher’s observations about Asians’ perception of Rosé wines apply to Indians as well. To many new wine drinkers in India, wine is synonymous with red wine. Rosé is often perceived as feminine.

Rosé wine from Provence

The best Rosé wines are dry and are made from an ‘abbreviated’ red wine method. The juice of the grapes is allowed to macerate on red grape skins for a short period to extract some colour and tannin. The blush or pink coloured juice is then pressed and separated from the skins and the fermentation continues. The result is a Rosé wine which is blush or pink in colour. These wines are best drunk chilled and are very refreshing. I consider good Rosé wines as an excellent option for the long, hot Indian summer. I also believe that their somewhat more robust structure than white wine makes Rosé wines an excellent and versatile companion to Indian food. Given that they are drunk chilled, these wines are often a better option than red wines for some spicy Indian dishes.

Another important factor that keeps Rosé wine consumption low in India is the lack of availability. Only a handful of imported Rosé wines are available in Indian importers portfolios. Of these, very few make it on to the retail shelves – some being available only in restaurants. Some Indian wineries are beginning to make Rosé wines. The next time you get a chance, give a Rosé a chance and make up your own mind about it!

About Gaurav Anand

Certified Sommelier Gaurav Anand is an India based wine writer, consultant, educator and founder of Wine Forays. He earned his Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds the WSET Advanced certification in Wines & Spirits. Above all, he is a wine lover on a full-time mission to taste and discover the best wines in the world.
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4 Responses to Rosé wine in India

  1. Cher Lim says:

    Dear Gaurav
    Thanks for your comments on the article! In Singapore, consumer perception of Rose wines remains a challenge unless importers or wineries put in some marketing efforts to ” correct” it.
    Best,
    Cher

  2. Dharti Desai says:

    Hi Gaurav,

    I agree completely with your comments on Rosé in India and have always felt that India has great potential for it. FineWinesnMore is launching a Rosé (made specially for India by Roberto Bava) in November and we are quite excited about it. I would be happy to send a bottle for you to taste and give me your valued feedback. We are bringing this at a fabulous price and that too from a house known for very superior quality Barolo wines from Italy.

    Also, there are 3 very interesting books by an English writer (Jamie Ivey) on Rosé wine which had me riveted – Extremely pale Rosé, La vie en Rosé and Rosé en Marché. Have you read them? let me know if I could send you the first one…

    Happy “wining”!

    Dharti Desai – FineWinesnMore

  3. Prasannakumar G. Kulkarni says:

    Hi Gaurav
    I read your article. It’s good, informative. I am a writer & director and was searching a reference regarding Red Wine. Your article will help me a lot. Since 1985 I am enjoying my Drama and film world.
    Regards,
    Prasannakumar G. Kulkarni

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