Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

NOTH­ING seems more fit­ting on a balmy sum­mer’s day than a glass of chilled rosé.

Dur­ing the warmer months rosé could be the most ver­sa­tile of all wine styles in that it’s of­ten per­fect to drink on its own but will also match sum­mer dishes such as fish and sal­ads.

It could be that the very first wines ever made were rosés, be­cause the modern tech­niques for mak­ing more con­cen­trated red wines were not widely prac­tised in the an­cient world.

The word claret de­rives from ‘clairette’, which was the name given to a much paler form of wine ex­ported from Bordeaux hun­dreds of years ago.

There are two main ways to make rosé. One is to leave the grape skins in con­tact with the

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