By Carl Hanson

Rosé, it's the quiche of wines in some men's minds. But learning to love it ain't hard. Really, it's just a two-step process.

Rows of Rose
Photo by Carl Hanson

Step 1. Get Over Yourself

Rosé is made from red wine grapes. It's lighter in color and body because the juice is pulled off the grape skins early. It's the compromise that let's you "drink red" in the summer heat. So if it helps, think red, as you drink pink. There's nothing to fear.

Hey, look here. Pink's working for these firefighters from North Carolina.


Step 2. Drink the Wine

Seriously, it's time. It's fine. Drink the wine.

If you must, before daring a stunt like sipping pink wine in public, start out with baby steps. Pour yourself a glass of rosé in the privacy of your own home. Start in the garage. Then move to your Man Cave. Then the living room. The kitchen. And finally, the backyard (the grill will be there to comfort you). Then introduce fellow human beings into the equation. You might also begin with darker shades of rosé and gradually progress to lighter shades of pink.

The thing is, rosé is super refreshing, and you can drink it nice and cold. Plus, rosé pairs with just about everything you'll be eating this summer. So don't deny yourself the pleasure just because you're carrying around a Y chromosome. Make the Y stand for YES, and reach for rosé!

Here are some summer foods to pair with your new favorite summertime wine:

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