What's Inside #WineWednesday: Rose Oxide

Spring has sprung and we’ve written a poem for you about this week’s chemical:

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Flowers smell sweet
because of a chemical that's in wine, too.

Along with our top-notched in-house poets, we are using a team of sommeliers and scientists to uncover the hundreds of molecules (read ingredients) in your wine. From red to white and everything in between, each has a different makeup of molecules that create the flavors, tastes, feel and overall experience of the wine. Once we know these ingredients, we find exact molecules from other sources to rebuild your luxury wine molecule by molecule.

With our methods, we can reproduce a $10,000 bottle of wine at a fraction of the cost. (That’s better than a dozen red roses!)

Facing the Science

Chemicals are in everything- from your organic, vegan, kosher avocado toast to Poptarts. We understand that molecule names are a bit terrifying and can even make this seem “unhealthy.” But, we’re here to show you these molecules (read: ingredients) are the exact same molecules in your bouquet of flowers, your cheat day treat, and your “natural” wine.  

So, what’s in #WineWednesday:

Rose Oxide

Chemical Name: Rose Oxide
Class: Monoterpenes
Smell:  Floral - Roses
Color: Colorless

Uses: Rose oxide is the signature smell of love, so perfumeries, body lotions and cosmetic companies, and flavor creating companies all use the molecule to infuse the smell of love in their products.

Where it’s found in nature: You might have guessed it- rose oxide is found naturally in roses and rose oil. Additionally, it is found in fruits like lychee, essential oils, and sweet white wines like Gewürztraminer.

Product Goods: Rose oxide smells so good you simply can’t resist it. That’s why fragrance companies use it when making a wide variety of aromas from herbal to honey, and raspberry to red rose fragrances. They use these irresistible smells in body lotions, cosmetics, and shampoo. Who can say no to another bottle of Wild Rose body lotion? Additionally, food companies use rose oxide in certain beverages and hard candy. If we had to guess, we think rose oxide might be Valentine’s Day iconic aroma.

Rose Oxide Wine

How We Use It @AvaWinery: We use rose oxide molecules the same way nature and perfumeries do: to make your #WineWednesday have hints of rose garden delight.