Blush wine has an army of fans that adore it. It is a wine that is easy to drink, can be paired with pretty much any type of meal, and has a very delicate color.

Here is an introduction to blush wine, its main characteristics, as well as a few interesting facts about this unique wine. Let’s start from the beginning!

What is Blush Wine?

Blush wines can be made in a palette of colors, from light to medium pink. The juice that comes out from every wine is always clear in color. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from white or red grapes.

What affects the color of the wine is the process of placing the clear juice in contact with the wine’s skins. To that end, when winemakers want to make blush wine, they either blend the white and red, or they leave the clear juice to be in contact with the red wine skins for about an hour or so. By leaving the clear juice in contact with the red wine skins, they influence the color of the wine.

Blush Vs. Rosé

Many people mistake blush wine for rosé wine, and they think these two are the same. Even though they are very similar, there are still some differences.

Blush wine
While rosé is the more common, there are some important differences with rosé wine and blush wine. Technically, all rosé wine are blush wines, but not all blush wines are rosé…

First and most importantly, all rosé wines are made from clear juice that has been in contact with grape skins. At the same time, rosé wine can never be a blend of white and red wines, whereas blush wines can be made via both methods. Therefore, all rosé wines can be considered blushes, but that cannot be said for all blush wines.

In the last few years of the wine industry, the term rosé is used more frequently than blush. Wines that have been labeled as blush are more mass-market oriented, whereas wines labeled as rosé come in smaller, premium batches.

Main Characteristics of Blush Wines

All pink wines share many traits with white wines. Typically, they come with a bit more body, and as a result of their freshness, they are considered summertime wines. Some blush wines that are more intensely colored, lean more toward red wines with their complexity and structure.

Also, there are differences between the old world and new world blush wines. For example, the old world wines contain more alcohol compared with their counterparts from the new world. On the other hand, new world wines tend to be quite sweeter.

So, blush wines can be fruity, floral, and light. But they can also be insipid and bland. A well-balanced blush wine needs to contain the right amount of acid, sugar, and alcohol. The key is in the balance that can bring out its complexity, while at the same time, the wine is not as strong as the typical red wine.

Blush and Rosé Varietals

Some of the most common blush wines in the United States are White Grenache, White Merlot, and White Zinfandel. Even though these wines contain the term “white,” they are all blush wines made for red wine juice in contact with red skins. Thanks to that minimal contact, they’ve received their pink color. When it comes to rosé wines, they come from even more wines – from pink Champagne to rosé of Sangiovese.

Serving Blush and Rosé

Blush and rosé wines need to be served chilled at temperatures ranging from 40 to 45 degrees. If it is dry, bit more complex rosé wine, it can be served at a somewhat warmer temperature, from 43 to 48 degrees. Ideally, blush wine needs to be served in wine glasses with stems.

Serving blush wine
Blush wine and rosé should always be served chilled, although drier blush wines can be served at very slightly higher temperatures – although should still be in the chilled temperature range.

Blush Wine Food Pairing

Thanks to its light flavor, blush wine can be paired with a wide palette of foods. Here is a list of some interesting pairings.

  • Lobster
  • Salmon
  • Italian food featuring red sauces
  • Barbecue
  • Goat Cheese

In Conclusion

Winemakers have tried to make rosé or blush wine from almost every red wine variety. Thanks to that, there is a wide selection of blush wines. There will always be some new blush wine waiting to be discovered and tried. You never know, they might become your favorite wines.