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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What's the difference between rosé and blanc de noirs?

—John, South Africa

Dear John,

Rosé refers to the color of a wine (some people also refer to them as "blush" wines); rosés are typically dry wines made from red wine grapes with white winemaking practices. Think of the grapeskins like a tea bag—the more exposure to the skins, the more color and flavor extraction imparted to the wine. Some rosés are also made by blending red and white wine together.

Blanc de noirs is a type of sparkling wine. In French, it means “white of blacks,” and in Champagne it can only refer to bubbly made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, both of which are red wine grapes. The resulting sparkling wines can range in color from a deep yellow or gold to pink or copper.

—Dr. Vinny

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