Pronunciation: [roh-ZAY]

Rosé wine is usually made from red grapes but—contrary to the normal process of making red wine—the skins and stems are typically removed within 2 to 3 days. This brief contact with the skins and stems gives the wine its light pink (or rose) color. It also, however, is the reason that rosés lack the body and (some would say) the character of most red or white wines. In general, rosés are very light-bodied and slightly sweet. They should be served chilled and can accompany a variety of lightly flavored foods.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.