Dare to Mix Red and White Wine?
Before reading further, please understand that wines like rosés are not just mixtures of red and white wines. They are made by a process similar to red wine, but the skins of the grapes are removed before they fully turn the wine a deep shade of red. (Read more about the process of making rosé wine in our previous post How to Choose a Great Rosé.) That said, some experimental wine drinkers delight in mixing red and white wines, producing curious concoctions that either intrigue or disgust (This is the adult equivalent of the way kids mix multiple sodas together at fast food restaurants). While purists will have no part in such playing, some wine drinkers delight in making their own mock blends of “signature” wines this way.
Is it possible to mix red and white wines to create new blends of your own? Yes, it is. Will they be any good? While there’s no guarantee, if your palate is discriminating enough you may just very well be able to come up with a custom mix that suits your fancy (We can’t speak on behalf of your guests, however!). And while your blend will not be a real rosé, it may still exhibit an interesting, rosé-like appearance.
How should you go about mixing red and white wines? If you want your results to be drinkable, follow these simple steps:
- Decide on the two wines you want to mix.
- Fill a glass halfway with whichever wine has the weaker flavor.
- Add half a shot glass full of the stronger wine.
- Sip, and see what you think. If the flavor is too weak, repeat to steps 3-5.
If you’re lucky, you may have discovered a personalized blend you’re absolutely crazy about. Then again, you may have Frankenstein’s monster on your hands! If so, discard your glass and use a wine preserver like the Napa 4- bottle wine dispenser to keep the unused, untainted portions of your two opened bottles fresh for another time to be enjoyed on their own! Good luck, and happy mixing!