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Red or Rose Wine: Which One to Serve at a Dinner Party?

ByJessie Sanner

Jun 17, 2015 #Alcohol, #wine
a glass of rose wine

Nervous about a dinner party you plan to throw this weekend? Will you nail it with your choice of food, table setting and of course, wine? Wine must be the trickiest, right? You know that no dinner party is complete and successful without the presence of wine, as this is the heavenly drink that adds a special touch to the magic ambiance your guests and you deserve.

If you are completely in the dark about which type of wine to serve, here is a friendly advice – serve a wine that is not overpowering and can be paired with almost any food. My guess is that bubbles and red wines are your top choice, right. Why not wake up your party with something ‘not so ordinary’. If you want your party to rock, steer clear of cliches. Serve Rose.


Although rose is most likely the oldest wine style, unfortunately, it’s quite often an overlooked category and sincerely, that’s too bad. It makes the perfect companion for casual, warm summer days and dinner party occasions too. If you feel skeptical about serving rose wine at your upcoming dinner party, I strongly suggest you give it another thought. Let me introduce you to the fabulous rose and I may just change your mind.

First, let’s start with some basic information. Contrary to popular belief, rose is not a blend of red and white wine. What rose actually represents is a French technique of making wine that features a light-pink body enhanced with fruity aromas of raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and grapefruit. Sounds refreshing, right. To fully experience the rich bouquet, prior to serving rose wine, it is recommended to chill it in a bucket of ice water for couple of hours. Rose wine is served at the same temperature as white wine which is between 7 and 13 degrees Celsius.

Styles of Rose

Certain rose wines can be far too sweet. Choose bone-dry rose wines which are ideal for spring and summer dining. Few of the fantastic dry roses are made out of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Sangiovese or Syrah grapes. Thus, serving any of these at your dinner party will be an excellent choice!

Rose Food Pairings

Take a look at several spectacular ideas of serving rose wine with food. Make sure to use some for your fabulous dinner party.

  • AppetizersMelon & Prosciutto; olive appetizers; salads.
  • Main PlatesFried fish; grilled fish; tuna; lobster; shrimp; crab, salmon; eggs; pizza; grilled chicken; grilled sausages; turkey, couscous; quiche; hamburgers; wraps and sandwiches.

By Jessie Sanner

Always weighing things, the life of a Libra isn’t easy and that’s something Jessie is well acquainted with as a Libra herself. The confusion with having to choose between things is what helps her write for the blog, in the hope of making it easier for readers who are indecisive themselves. Interested in contrasts, like period dramas and sci-fi, casual and classy outfits, fries and detox shakes, the life of this young lady is anything but boring. Or is it?