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Conversations: Breaking the Stereotype of “Provence-Style Rosé”

Contributor blog post by Liz Gabay for Provence WineZine:

One of the comments I often hear when going around international wine exhibitions is, ‘We make our rosé in a Provence or southern French style.’ What this means is that the wine has minimal skin contact, making a pale pink, dry wine with delicate fruit character.

This confuses me. Most producers around the world making red and white wine are desperate to create wines which are unique and have varietal or terroir character. But when it comes to rosé, they seem happy to make an anonymous copy led by the consumer for ‘brand pink’.

…Continue reading here for Elizabeth Gabay’s notes from her conversations about rosé with winemakers at Vinisud (Montpellier) and ProWein (Dusseldorf ) wine conferences. Gabay is a Master of Wine and has recently published this book “Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution” so her knowledge of this category is deep. In this article, learn about aged rosé, some of the typical and unusual grape varieties and how dénomination de terroir impacts on the wine that comes from a bottle.

Via:: Provence WineZine


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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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