Pop Quiz, and this time it’s all about rosé winemaking. The original question, borrowed from my WSET tutoring, was quite a simple and straight-forward one. I, of course, am going to go out of my way to make it, as my dad would say, more interesting.
Original Question: Name and describe TWO methods for making rosé wines.
Stacy’s Version: Name and describe THREE methods for making rosé wine. Then, let’s go on a tour of rosé wines around the world. Which method is traditionally used in each region.
I came into contact with Marty Johnson, winemaker and co-owner of Magdalena Vineyards, when doing research for an article about the lesser-known varieties growing in Washington’s wine regions. Marty hails from the Rattlesnake Hills AVA near Zillah, Washington. All his wines produced (a modest 200-plus annual case production) are made from grapes grown on his petite 1-acre vineyard that he manages with his wife and co-owner Ryan.