A Definitive Guide To What To Eat With Your Rosé
You probably noticed there were different types of rosé the same way we did—by drinking a lot of it. And while rosé happens to be a very versatile wine, there are certain foods it pairs best with, if you’re fancy and so inclined. To get the scoop, we chatted with Heidi Turzyn, wine director for Gotham Bar and Grill, and she gave us the scoop:
“The taste profiles for rosé wines vary based on the different grape varietals used and the time on the skins,” says Heidi. “The Saignée method will leave you with a light pink hue that will be dry with subtle aromatics… Examples of other varietals would be Cabernet Franc leading to savory notes, or Pinot Noir offering more fruit. If the wine is a darker hue it may give a touch of tannins and will have a fuller mouth feel. These different styles make rosé wines extremely versatile.”
Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean our favorite pink drink is about to get complicated.
Here, a simple guide to the foods that pair best with your beloved rosés. Bonus: We also included our very favorite pink wines as well as the things we ate with them that weren’t expert-approved but still tasted good (because you don’t always have time to buy fancy cheese).
Recommended food pairings: Heidi recommends choosing a pale pink light rosé, which tends to be drier, to pair with light dishes such as salads, fruit, seafood, shellfish and crudités.
Tasting notes: peach and candied orange with an acidic finish
Paired with: two bowls of Special K, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, five peanut butter M&Ms and like three pieces of licorice
2016 Presqu’ile Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Rosé, $22
Tasting notes: fresh strawberries
Paired with: overpriced poké bowl
Recommended food pairings: "If the BBQ dish has light spice flavors, try a rosé with a good amount of fruit," says Heidi. Darker-hued, full-bodied fruity rosés pair extremely well with a smoky BBQ dish.
Recommended food pairings: Try pairing your sparkling rosé with sweets—the crispness will balance out the sugar. Because of said crispness, it really pairs well with anything.