This season we have been experiencing summer like conditions that seem to coincide with the release of the 2014 Rose’s. Rose has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, especially those from Provence in the south of France. Provence really is the benchmark for rose and the dry rose style there dates back to 600 B.C. beginning with the Greeks planting wine there. It to this day is the largest dry rose producing region in the world and Provence is home to some of the oldest plantings in France. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! Modern winemaking techniques and versatility with or without food has really brought Provence international recognition. It really looks like a trend that might stick around for a while.
Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault are the 3 primary grapes used in Provence for the production of Rose. The main difference in Rose wine production and Red wine production is the maceration time. This is the amount of time the skins of the grapes are allowed to spend with the must, or the juice. Skin contact imparts color and tannin. Rose is allowed just a short period of time with the skins, resulting in that salmon color. The result is not quite a white wine and not quite a red wine, but exhibiting qualities of both.
Provence rose is usually enjoyed chilled. Like I said before it really does take on characteristics of both white and red wine. Light and fresh with good acidity but also has those red fruit qualities that are associated with red wine. They are great options for all types of foods, everything from fish to barbecue. They also provide a great option to be enjoyed all on their own. The wines are traditionally meant to be drunk young, within the year of their production. For example the 2014 vintage would be best enjoyed over the 2015 calendar year. They usually start showing up for sale around March and April stateside.
Two of our top selling Provence Rose’s just arrived and are available for purchase!
Bieler Rose 2014 ($11.99)
D’Escalans Whispering Angel ($24.99)
Come in and get some Provence Rose to enjoy on the decks this spring!