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Seafood Pasta and Provencal Wine Pairings

By David Scott Allen

We were gifted this bottle of wine; après tout, wines of this caliber are not in my normal wine budget. It is such a special bottle that it actually made me nervous when it came to pairing it with food.

I fretted for weeks about the menu. When doing some research, I found this sentence in a review by James Suckling: “I think that the 2013 Château d’Esclans Garrus may be the best rosé ever made.” Oh, the pressure!

I had a world-class rosé in my future and I didn’t want to blow it with a bad – or even mediocre – food pairing. Continue reading here for David’s tasting notes on this special bottle of wine by Château d’Esclans (details below). He decided to pair the wine with an Italian-inspired (Amalfi coast)Rock Spaghetti (Spaghetti allo Scoglio), a seafood pasta with clams, mussels, shrimp and more.

Winery: Château d’Esclans
Cuvée: Garrus
Appellation: Côte de Provence
Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2013
Grape Varieties: Grenache 50%, Rolle 50%
Alcohol: 14%
Average Retail Price: United States $100

Contributor blog post by: 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.


  1. David
    December 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Such an amazing wine… wish I had another now!

    • CKAdmin
      December 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm — Reply

      I bet! Maybe Santa will deliver. :-)

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