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Decoding the Mystery Côtes de Provence Rosé

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

There are still people out there who think that rosé comes from blending red and white wines and others who (seriously) think rosé is made from a single grape variety called rosé.This article focuses on the traditionally dry, fresh, fruit-forward, pale-coloured rosés that hail from the largest appellation in Provence, endeavouring to shed light on what to expect in a glass of such elixir.

…Continue reading here for another detailed post by Susan for Provence WineZine that decodes the mystery (for many) behind rosé. The popularity of pink tinted wines has skyrocketed in recent years, yet most drinkers are quite unfamiliar with what is actually in their glass. Rosés from Provence are seldom made from a single varietal, most are blends. The Grenache (White Zinfandel) grape is often the base for most of the rosés in Provence.

In Susan’s article, learn more about the Côtes de Provence appellation, and which grapes are allowed in rosés produced within that Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP).

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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