We’ve got a bit of a thing for a pink drink here at Regional Wines, where I work as wine programme director – tastings, writing interesting info’ about the world’s most interesting beverage and all that jazz… Anyway, so this week, we’re going to crack open three pink drinks tomorrow night at our new weekly casual tasting, Wine Wednesday, at Regional Wines from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Our resident wine whizzes will guide you through a trio of pink drinks and explain the differences in style and why colour is not an indication of dryness – or otherwise.

Speaking of which, rosé – or pink wine – can be made from any red grape and can even be made by blending red and white wine together, which is standard practice in France’s Champagne region for the production of the world’s highest priced pink sparkling wine. Unusual as that sounds (and it’s another story, which we can revisit over the upcoming festive silly season), most New Zealand rosé is made from Pinot Noir – for obvious reasons.
Pinot is the most widely planted red grape and most widely produced red wine in this country. This means that rosé tends to be produced in two main ways in New Zealand.
Firstly, it can be made as an intentional wine where red grapes are pressed and given anything from a few hours to a few days of skin contact so that the colour adds a light tinge to the wine.
Secondly – and this is more common – rosé is made using a method called saigneé – French for ‘bleeding’.
This refers to making pink wine from red wine (in this case, Pinot Noir) while the wine is still fermenting in tank – by bleeding off a little of the fermenting juice, The wine that remains in the tank (most of it) can gain a more intense colour and flavour while a fresh, light pink wine can be made at the same time. Hey presto – rosé.
Come along and check out this trio tomorrow at 5.30pm at Regional Wines in Wellington – there’s no need to book… come and check out these pink drinks with us for $5 at the door.
We hope to see you there.

Pink drinks at Wine Wednesday…

2016 Whitehaven Rosé $17.99

2016 Eradus Rosé $18.99 

2017 Haha Rosé $14.99