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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What does “blush” mean on a wine bottle?
—Sam S., Hackensack, N.J.
“Blush” is another way to say “rosé” or “pink” wine, though it’s really a dated term from the 1970s and ’80s, and not used very often any more. It used to refer to rosés made on the slightly sweet side, but when those wines became unfashionable, so did the term.
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