Men seem to have a have a love-hate relationship with the color pink. They secretly love how daring it is but many feel like they can’t go overboard.
A hint of pink on socks: perfect. Pink shirt: maybe. Pink coat: never.
Well here's a pink they can openly enjoy and the only ramifications from overdoing it is the potential headache in the morning.
Pour a glass of Rosé already because we think everyone should drink pink. Quite frankly, you can’t call yourself a wine lover if you eschew an entire category.
Because Rosé isn’t a grape — it’s a genre — red, white, rosé.
And the 2015 Rosé season might be the best one yet — so drop your hang-ups, especially because National Rosé Day is Saturday, June 11, this year and you don’t want to miss out.
The problem is it’s often presumed that all Rosés are grown-up versions of the Shirley Temple. But that’s so not true.
So many are dry, fresh and acidic and don’t have all that extra sugar.
When in doubt, look for something from France — specifically, Provence.
France is the motherland of traditional, dry rosé and it’s hard to go wrong with anything from Provence, the Rhône valley, or the Loire valley.
But Rosé is made everywhere and, as a result, has a bunch of different names.
It’s produced in Spain (where it’s called “Rosado”), Italy (“Rosato”), and the United States. But there’s also excellent stuff coming from South America (Chile, Uruguay), Germany, Australia, and even South Africa.
And the alcohol levels have increased too. Lighter styled Rosés are around 12% to 13% alcohol. But many now have anywhere from 13.5% to 14% alcohol, which is right up there with a Cabernet Sauvignon, if that makes it sound more manly.
So men need to drop their fear of pink. Truth is, they already wear a ton of it on the golf course. They often eat their burgers that way and Bruce Springsteen had no problem hoping to get busy in the back of a pink car.
Men really do like pink — and should drink it all day long.
And here are a few higher-octane suggestions:
Domaines Ott BY.Ott Rosé 2015, 13.5% ($25) — Light copper color, fresh and complex
Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2014, 13.5% ($15) — Extra dry, medium-bodied
Crios Malbec Rose 2015, 14.5% ($13) — Deep rose color, strawberries and cherries
And if you happen to be in Chicago on June 17, swing by our event, Around the World in 80 Sips, and come taste more Rosés with us!
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.