Rose needs to be conceived from a specific intent to make Rose. Too much Rose today is the after thought of blending various substandard, homeless red and white lots or the result of bleeding off pink wine from highly alcoholic reds. It should only be made from red grapes with proper maceration techniques.
Good Rose is made in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures and is bright orange or very light pink. Leave the bright pink neon in Las Vegas where it belongs.
Rose should be drunk chilled, not ice cold or luke-warm. And remember, ice cubes are for iced tea, not Rose.
Drink only the most recent vintage of Rose – ie, only 2011 Rose should be consumed this year. All other vintages are terminal or deceased.
Rose is to be consumed only during t-shirt weather. If this is too difficult to remember, defer to the old white pants rule for women. If you can wear white pants, you can drink Rose. Since this is absolutely foreign to most men, you can start drinking Rose right after March Madness and should stop when you hear John Madden on TV – or when you start cleaning that deer rifle.
Rose is one of the most versatile food wines, second only to German Riesling and Champagne. (Note that “French Champagne” is a redundant term).
And most importantly, never be ashamed to admit you love Rose with your whole heart and soul. It will never give you more than a summertime romance, but you will always have the memories.