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Rosé Season

The spring is always an exciting time. The sun is out for longer, the weather gets warmer, color returns to the trees, flowers bloom, birds chirp, and you can finally un-tense the muscles that you haven’t realized you’d been clenching all winter. But all of that is small potatoes compared to the real reason to look forward to spring: It’s finally rosé season! There are many ways to celebrate the great occasion, but here are a few of our favorites.

Pool of Rosé

A swimming pool is more of a summer feature than a spring one. Unless you’re in some place tropical it’s probably not warm enough yet to make a swim refreshing, but sometimes a pool doesn’t have to be swum in… maybe it can be sipped! If you get enough rosé to fill your nearest in-ground pool up to the brim, you can spend all day sitting in the sun and refilling your glass by dipping it right into the source! Amarose Wine is not liable for any illnesses or infections you might catch by creating and consuming a ‘rosé pool.’

Rosé Egg Hunt

A common Easter celebration is to decorate eggs and hide them all around the yard for children to find. However, if you’re not Christian, or if you are but love rosé more than God, this sort of non-secular activity can make you feel a little left out. Thankfully, we have a solution: replace the eggs with sip-sized pouches of rosé! Rosé season knows no religion, and can be celebrated by all. However, it should go without saying that once you add rosé to an egg hunt, you should no longer allow children to participate.

Replace Cleaning Supplies with Rosé

Spring cleaning is a classic springtime activity, but it’s not very ‘rosé season.’ Less creative wine bloggers might tell you to drink a glass of rosé while you clean, but I’ll do you one better: pour out all your cleaning fluids and replace them with rosé. Spray it on the windows. On the kitchen floor. Use it to polish your silver. It might not be very effective, but it will be very festive!

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How to Tell If You’re About To Drink Bad Wine

Contrary to what some people think, the ultimate goal that a wine strives towards is to taste good. Whatever the variety, whatever the price point, the hope of all winemakers is that someone, somewhere, enjoys their creation. However, sometimes the process doesn’t go as planned, and you’re left with a bottle that just sucks. Thankfully, there are some ways to tell if you’re about to drink bad wine.

Taste

The taste of a wine is the ultimate indicator that it has gone bad. Even if you’re drinking a cheap wine, there’s a few unpleasant tastes that can tell you that your wine has gone from ‘bottom shelf’ to ‘down the sink.’ The taste of vinegar is a well known indicator that you’re drinking a bad wine, but chemical flavors, excessive sulfur, and flatness can also tell you that something is off with your wine, usually that too much oxygen has made its way inside and over-oxidized the liquid. You can also tell if your wine has been contaminated by the cork if it has a musty, cardboardy quality that overpowers the other flavors. But what if you want to tell if you have a bad wine before you drink it?

Visuals

‘Corkiness’ or cork contamination can also show up before you’ve even opened the bottle. When a defective cork has turned a wine bad, often you’ll be able to see wine stains traveling up the cork before you’ve even removed it. Corkiness, as well as other potential flaws, can also manifest itself in the form of sediment, which can indicate that the cork has degraded into the wine or that something during the brewing process has led the wine to be improperly filtered. Of course, if you’re drinking a natural wine, then that sediment is likely meant to be there, but most other types of wine are meant to be clear.

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Wine for Spring

The last few months of winter are hard. In December everything is awesome, the snow is pretty, the cold is novel, and the holidays are just around the corner to provide fun with friends and family and a break from work. By now though, you’re probably sick of short days, low temperatures, and flaky white garbage falling from the sky. It’s okay though, because spring is just around the corner. To prepare for the warmer months, let’s talk about the best wine for spring, and what you should be stocking up on this March.

White Wine

Light, fruity, and easy to drink, white wine is a great option for spring. But that doesn’t mean that some white wines aren’t better than others. While winter whites tend to be rich, oaky, and buttery, white wine for spring is usually unoaked, with a lighter, more acidic flavor. Try a bottle of pinot gris or sauvignon blanc to liven up your springtime celebrations!

Red Wine for Spring

If your wine habits change with the seasons, you probably associate reds with the winter or the fall. But a good red can get you through the springtime as well! You’ll want to pick something from the lighter-bodied end of the red wine spectrum with lower levels of tannins. A grenache or a pinot noir are perfect picks for spring.

Rosé

It is possible that we have an agenda to push here, but rosé is the perfect wine for spring. Not as tannic as reds, not as oaky as whites, rosé is a wine designed to be light and refreshing. You can find a good springtime wine in the white and red sections, but if you really want to capture the essence of spring in a glass of wine, you won’t be able to do better than rosé.

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Dune Wine: What Will They Drink In Dune 2?

If you’re a fan of science fiction novels from the 1960s, boyish gen-z actors, or sand, then you’re probably very excited for the month of march. Dune Part 2 is hitting theaters, this time with more worms, more desert, and more of Timothee Chalamet staring into the middle distance while having visions about Zendaya. As any fan of Dune can tell you, the spice must flow! But what about the wine? After spending a long time under the hot sun we can only assume that Paul Atreides, Chani, and the Lady Jessica will spend a significant amount of screen time relaxing in the shade with some classic vino. But what kinds of wine will they be drinking? Until the movie is released, we can only speculate on what the Dune wines will be.

Vinho Verde

A type of wine originally from Portugal, vinho verde literally means ‘green wine,’ and while sometimes it does have a slight greenish tinge, the name actually refers to its age. Vinho verde is usually pulled from the aging process early, and as a result it tends to be very light and tart. It’s best served chilled, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Timothee Chalamet cool off with a glass of this Dune wine after a long day riding sandworms and battling Harkonnens.

Merlot

In the world of Dune, there is nothing more important than Spice, a magical substance that slows aging and allows its users to see into the future. It’s also a component of many of the foods prepared in the desert, which leads me to think that a complex red wine with notes of clove like a merlot would pair excellently with a Spice-heavy meal that Paul and the Fremen might enjoy. I’ll bet anything that this wine appears in Dune Part 2.

The Best Dune Wine: Rosé

If Paul Atreides does not drink a full bottle of rosé on screen I think I will scream in the theater. If Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, and Florence Pugh don’t close out the film with a toast of beautiful pink wine I do not know what I will do, I’ll be so mad. From the very first behind the scenes photo of Dune Part 1 where I saw Timothee Chalamet as Paul, I thought to myself, that guy drinks rosé. I know in my bones that he will drink rosé. Please Warner Brothers I need this.

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What is the Most Presidential Wine?

By now the signs are impossible to ignore. ‘Vote for X’ signs in peoples lawns. Long winded New York Times think pieces about the end of democracy. A resurgence of the insane deep state psy-op to try to make you believe that ‘caucus’ is a real word. That’s right, it’s President Time again. Didn’t we just do this? You might ask. It sure feels that way. But time waits for no one, and in just a few short months it will be time to cast your ballot. But until then, lets ask ourselves: if wines could be president, how would they govern? Read on for more about presidential wine.

Chardonnay

If Chardonnay was president, they would be a master diplomat. War on the horizon? Avoided! Political crisis at home? Resolved! Critics would claim that Chardonnay is wishy-washy and wants to have it both ways, and if they find themselves in a situation that they can’t talk their way out of, they might not be able to take more decisive action. Chardonnay would be impeached 3 times for insider trading but would narrowly avoid removal each time.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc’s career as a presidential wine would be short but impactful. After heroically pushing several major reforms through congress and reshaping society for the better, Sauvignon Blanc would be assassinated by a lone gunman whos true motives would never be discovered due to their own untimely death.

Syrah

As president, Syrah would flout democratic convention, show blatant disregard for nearly every political party and interest group, but would oversee the building a surprising amount of very pretty, very functional infrastructure. Contemporaries would hate them, but after 100 years, their opponents will be dead and their name will be on all the coolest bridges and dams.

Pinot Noir

As a presidential wine, Pinot Noir would ascend to the White House after the previous president and vice president are killed within seconds of each other after slipping on the same banana peel. Pinot Noir would try their best, but ultimately they would decline to run for reelection and would retire to the countryside.

Rosé

If Rosé was president, all world conflict would cease immediately. Hunger would end, poverty would end, enemies would embrace as brothers, every day would be 70 degrees and sunny. Everyone would get sports cars and huge mansions and nothing bad would ever happen again.

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What is the Best Wine for Valentines Day?

February is here, and for some that means old brown snow, not enough sunlight, and a nagging feeling that winter should be over already. But if you’re single, February isn’t just a bad month: it’s the worst. Valentines day, right in the middle of the month, is a reminder of how happy your friends with partners are and how you are alone. But all is not lost! You can still get a date in time, or at least in time for next year, if you can accurately pick the best wine for Valentines Day.

White Wine

White wine isn’t the most traditional wine for Valentines Day. Chilled, fruity, and buttery flavors tend to work better in the warmer months, and, as we’ll talk about later, red is the color of love! However, there is one type of white wine that is perfect for Valentines Day, and that is champagne, prosecco, or any type of sparkling white wine. A traditional celebratory drink, carrying a bottle of champagne around on valentines day will have you primed to immediately make a toast if a potential partner accepts your advances.

Red Wine

It’s hard to go wrong with a red wine for Valentines day, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain options that are better than others. I recommend something layered and complex with fruity notes, like a cabernet sauvignon. Recommending this wine to a potential life partner is almost guaranteed to net you a Valentines date, but if for some reason the cab sav lets you down you can tell them that red wine is considered an aphrodisiac, which is a fact and thus impossible for them to deny.

The Greatest Wine for Valentines Day: Rosé

There is a simple reason for this: Rosé is pink. Pink is the color of valentines day. You can’t get more on brand than that! If you’re single on valentines day, call up any eligible partner you know and offer them a bottle of rosé. It will work! I promise you!

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Wine Tasting Notes: What’s the Deal?

The world of wine can be intimidating sometimes. Maybe you’ve been invited to a wine tasting where the beverage that you love is treated with a degree of nuance that you just don’t understand. What do they mean it has legs? It’s wine! Why are they swishing it around? And why are they saying that it tastes like stonefruit and charcoal when it actually just tastes like wine? As it turns out, wine has something called tasting notes.

What are wine tasting notes?

Sometimes it can seem like people are just making stuff up when they talk about the tasting notes of a wine. Being able to draw complex, identifiable flavors out of essentially a single ingredient seems insane! But tasting notes are real, and you can experience them too if you work to refine your palate!

How do I do that?

It takes a lot of time to become a fully trained sommelier, but starting is easy. A major tip is that even though they are called tasting notes, the flavor is really in the smell. If you practice identifying the odors of common wine notes like fruit, oak, and grass you’ll have an easier time identifying them when you drink the wine. Also remember to compare wines against each other, and keep in mind the grapes that go into each. If you have a deeper familiarity with the taste of wine, you’ll find it much easier to find the notes lingering within.

Don’t put to much pressure on yourself!

You aren’t getting tested on this. There’s no reason to worry about guessing the ‘correct’ wine tasting notes. Next time you have a nice glass of wine, try to identify as many notes as you can, and maybe even compare thoughts with whoever you are sharing your bottle with. Wine tasting as a hobby has a snobbish reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

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The Health Benefits of Rosé

We all know at this point that a lot of health trends are phony. One year the experts are telling you that you need to eat more eggs, the next a headline reads “eggs cause cancer, cease consumption immediately.” Nowhere is the health benefits of a food more heavily contested than in the world of wine. Some studies indicate a correlation between wine consumption and longer lifespans, but there’s nothing conclusive. Today, we are putting an end to the lies. We are cutting through the bullshit once and for all, to figure out the health benefits of rosé.

What are the health benefits of rosé?

As with any alcoholic beverage, the potential health benefits only outweigh the risks when consumed in moderation. Try to limit yourself to one glass outside of special occasions. With that said, there are some pretty significant upsides to drinking rosé! Better cholesterol is one thing. Chemicals present in rosé help your heart stay healthy, keeping your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels down at healthy levels. The same chemicals can also reduce your risk for certain types of cancer and will help you combat aging and cognitive decline.

How healthy is rosé compared to other wine?

You could make a solid argument that rosé is the healthiest of all types of wine! The chemical compounds that lead to the amazing health benefits of rosé are found in greater quantities in red wine and orange wine (white wine made with extra skin contact), which might lead you to think that those varieties are actually the healthiest. However, most rosés have a lower calory count than reds and oranges, and dry rosés also tend to be much lower in sugar. So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your normal wines and beers, try for a rosé!

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2024 Wine: What Are The Trends?

We’re a few weeks into the new year, and there’s one thing on everyone’s minds: What wines will define 2024? If you want to remain relevant in this fast paced age of tik tok, chatGPT, bitcoin, and other things that I have learned about against my will, you need to get rid of all that boring old 2023 wine and stock up quick on the HOT NEW TRENDS. But what are these hot new trends? How can we predict what wine will be all the rage in the near future? It may seem impossible, but there are actually a few tricks that can make it quite easy.

2024 Wine: How to Find It

An effective but expensive method to increase your chances of acquiring the hot new wines before everyone else is to buy literally every bottle of wine you can find. Will 2024 be dominated by dark, smoky reds? Maybe! Buy as many as you can find. What about buttery, oaky whites? The same. If you have the cash, this is the most effective way to make sure that you are stocked up with what you need to look cool.

Of course, there are more sophisticated ways to find 2024 wine. If you have your nose to the ground and know what to look for, you might be able to find the trendiest wine with the highest degree of accuracy. It may take a while to properly analyze all the various external factors that make a wine the next big thing, such as weather patterns, socioeconomic trends, national and international spiritual health, and more. But the results will be worth it!

That’s a lot of work.

It is! If you have neither the money to buy every wine, nor the time to develop a skill for trend-finding, then there’s still an option for you: Buy some rosé. Its good for every season, it’s loved by all, and it never goes out of fashion. The hunt for 2024 wine can be over with just a single purchase.

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Rice Wine: What’s the Deal?

You’ve probably heard of rice wine. While not technically ‘wine’ as it’s not made of grapes, rice wine is the staple alcoholic beverages of many parts of the world. While it’s likely that you’ve tried sake at a hibachi restaurant and have a passing familiarity with it, it might surprise you just how expansive the world of rice wine is! From Japan to India, the styles and varieties have almost as much variation as more familiar grape based wines.

How is it made?

Despite its alcohol content generally matching wine (most are actually a little bit stronger), the process for making Japanese sake or Korean Makgeolli is actually closer to that of beer. Rice and water is combined with a fungal culture that converts the starches and sugars into alcohol. The brewer can modify this process however they like to change taste, texture and alcohol content.

What are the varieties of rice wine?

Japanese sake is the most famous rice wine, and it comes in two general categories: a sweeter unfiltered variety and a smoother filtered variety. While it’s a little harder to find in the west, Korean Makgeolli can also be fairly easily acquired. It boasts a much lower alcohol content and has a thicker texture- while it is traditionally unpasteurized and thus continues to ferment in the bottle, some pasteurized varieties make up for the loss in flavor by introducing fruit juices and other outside flavors. If you’re interested in getting really deep into the world of rice wine, there are variations of it made and drank all across Asia: China, India, Vietnam, and more all boast several varieties that look and taste surprisingly different from the clear or milky liquid than you might expect.

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