Rosé wine pairs well with a wide range of foods, making it an excellent choice for your next dinner party or picnic. This Rosé food pairing guide covers all key wine styles and courses so you can confidently create delicious food and wine matches.
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How to pair Rosé with food in 3 easy steps
Similar to red wine and white wine, well-paired Rosé and food matches enhance both, the wine and dining experience. Here are 3 easy steps to help you to find your perfect pairing:
- Match weight: Pair light Rosés wines with lighter dishes and full-bodied Rosé wines with heavier dishes.
- Pair flavor intensity: Match bold-flavored Rosé wines with bold-flavored dishes and light-flavored Rosé wines with light-flavored dishes.
- Match acidity: Pair acidic Rosé wines with acidic dishes and low-acid Rosé wines with low-acid dishes.
5 dry and light Rosé food pairings
A light-bodied, blush, dry Rosé wine with crisp acidity pairs beautifully with a variety of light and fresh summer dishes including the following types of food:
- Grilled seafood: The delicate flavors of grilled fish and seafood such as shrimp, scallops, or snapper complement subtle floral and fruity Rosés.
- Salads with citrus: Light salads with citrus or zesty dressings are a great choice for crisp and delicate Rosés.
- Ratatouille: This classic regional dish from Southern France harmonizes with local Provençal Rosé.
- Roasted chicken: Lemon and herb roasted chicken with plenty of fresh herbs is a great pairing for a light-bodied Rosé.
- Vegetable tart: A light, flaky vegetable tart or quiche matches the elegant style of Rosé.
5 full-bodied, complex Rosé food pairings
Deep pink, bold, and intense Rosé wines made with grape varietals such as Merlot, Syrah, or Cabernet Sauvignon match well with spicy food and heavier dishes:
- Cajun shrimp: Rosé with bold flavors can stand up to the heat and spices of Cajun-seasoned shrimp.
- Grilled tuna: Fuller-bodied Rosés complement the rich flavors of tuna steaks.
- Mediterranean paella: Robust Rosés pairs well with a hearty paella.
- Smoked salmon: The richness and saltiness of smoked salmon pair well with a complex glass of Rosé.
- Spicy Thai curry: Bold Rosé can handle the heat and spices of flavorful Thai curries and other hot rice dishes.
5 sparkling Rosé food pairings
Sparkling Rosé or Rosé champagne adds a touch of effervescence and elegance to a variety of food pairings:
- Oysters: The effervescence of sparkling Rosé complements salty foods including oysters.
- Sushi and sashimi: The delicate nature of sparkling Rosé pairs well with the refined flavors of sushi and sashimi.
- Smoked salmon canapés: Smoked salmon canapés served alongside Rosé champagne makes a great start to any dinner party.
- Truffle popcorn: Perfect match for your next movie night. Brut Rosé pairs surprisingly well with the earthy flavors of truffle-infused popcorn.
- Lobster tail: The fine beads of sparkling Rosé such as Cava Rosado match well with sweet and tender lobster tail in a light citrus jus.
Popular Rosé matches by course
From appetizers to desserts, Rosé’s versatile flavor profile allows it to be paired with a variety of dishes and courses, from crisp salads and seafood starters to savory mains and fruity desserts.
Appetizers & starters
Rosé’s crisp acidity and bright fruit notes make it an ideal match for light appetizers and starters, enhancing delicious dishes such as fresh salads and seafood canapés.
- Bruschetta: Diced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil on toasted bread.
- Shrimp cocktail: Chilled shrimp served with tangy cocktail sauce.
- Prosciutto-wrapped melon: Sweet melon wrapped in thin slices of salty prosciutto.
- Spicy tuna tartare: Diced tuna mixed with spicy mayo, and avocado, served on crispy wonton chips.
- Gazpacho shooters: Chilled tomato soup with cucumber, peppers, and a hint of spice served in small glasses.
Rosé’s versatility shines when paired with main dishes, effortlessly complementing a spectrum of flavors from white meat and seafood to pasta, offering a refreshing and balanced pairing to diverse cuisines.
- Salmon with lemon-dill sauce: Baked or grilled salmon topped with a refreshing lemon-dill sauce.
- Chicken piccata: Lightly breaded and pan-seared chicken in a lemony caper sauce.
- Grilled shrimp tacos: Marinated and grilled shrimp served in warm tortillas with fresh salsa.
- Lobster pasta: Lobster chunks tossed in a rich, creamy pink pasta sauce.
- Goat cheese tart: Puff pastry topped with a mix of roasted vegetables and creamy goat cheese.
For a successful Rosé wine pairing with desserts, it’s essential to match the sweetness and flavors of both. Fruit-forward Rosé wines made with Pinot Noir or Grenache grapes match particularly well with desserts.
- Strawberry shortcake or fruit tarts: Layers of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and light cake or pastry.
- Raspberry sorbet: Refreshing and fruity sorbet made from ripe raspberries.
- Rosé strawberry cheesecake: Creamy cheesecake with fresh strawberries and Rosé jelly.
- Mixed berry pavlova: Crispy meringue nest filled with whipped cream and a mix of fresh berries.
- Panna cotta with rhubarb coulis: Creamy panna cotta with a tangy rhubarb sauce.
Rosé’s delicate balance of fruitiness and acidity allows for a variety of delicious cheese pairings.
- Goat cheese (chèvre): Earthy and tangy goat cheese complements the acidity in Rosé.
- Brie: The creamy texture and mild flavor of soft cheeses including brie pair well with the fruity notes in Rosé.
- Feta: Feta’s tangy and salty flavors complement dry Rosé wines.
Recipes using Rosé wine
If you’re looking to use up a bottle of recently opened Rosé or just want to add some extra freshness and flavor to your food, here are some ways to use Rosé wine in your dishes:
Sweet Rosé dishes
- Rosé cupcakes: Cupcakes with Rosé wine frosting.
- Rosé jelly: Jelly made with Rosé wine, creating a unique spread – the perfect wine jelly for your next cheese or charcuterie board.
- Rosé slushie / frosé: A frozen cocktail made by blending Rosé wine with ice, creating a refreshing and icy treat.
- Rosé poached fruit: Fresh fruit poached in Rosé wine, resulting in a flavorful and wine-infused dessert.
- Rosé marshmallows: Homemade marshmallows made with Rosé, adding a subtle wine flavor to this classic treat.
Savory Rosé dishes
- Rosé risotto: Arborio rice cooked with Rosé wine, shallots, and Parmesan cheese makes a creamy and flavorful dish.
- Rosé poached salmon: Salmon fillets poached in a broth made with Rosé wine, herbs, and citrus.
- Rosé braised chicken: Chicken thighs or breasts braised in savory flavors of Rosé wine, broth, and aromatic herbs.
- Shrimp scampi with Rosé: Succulent shrimp cooked in a buttery and garlicky Rosé wine sauce.
- Mussels in Rosé sauce: Fresh mussels steamed in a flavorful broth made with Rosé wine, garlic, and herbs.