There are three ways of producing wines with a “blush” or “rosé” hue. A rosè can be made from a pink grape, or can be a combination of white and red wine, or can be made from a red/purple/black grape with the grape peel separated from the juice after a short period of contact – until the winemaker decides it is perfect. The finest rosès come from grapes from the Vitis vinifera grape species, because these grapes make the world’s best wines. Great quality rosè wines are made from mixtures and/or many types of single grape varieties, including: Grenache, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Groulleau Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah to name a few.
The wine Americans think of as a “blush” wine is White Zinfandel, which is made from the red/purple/black grape. The skin/peel of the Zinfandel grape is left on the juice for a short time – just enough time to add the “blush” of color.