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Pretty In Pink #Trending — Provence Rosé

Bar None

with Debbiann Spence-Minott

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Pink is in! Just like fashion, wines complement our lifestyle, offering an element of pizzazz and making us feel oh, so fab! Rosé is on trend and this week's Bar None tells you why, between sips of Rosé wines (Chateau Berne Inspiration, Ch â teau de Berne Estate and Urban Provence, otherwise called UP) from the Provence Rosé Group, the number one producer of premium Provence Rosé in France, and local distributors Harbour Wines & Spirits, a division of the GraceKennedy Company Limited.

Rosé wine is perfectly aligned with the evolution of new consumer and lifestyle trends: less structured meals, cuisines from around the world on our plates, simple and direct gastronomy, an interest in discovering new things, a desire for conviviality, and for immediate enjoyment. Rosé provides a different vision of wine, one that is more accessible, without the burden of tradition: it's the wine of freedom.

Rosé is considered one of the oldest and most modern of wines, proving that it is possible to combine trend and tradition; Rosé wine is not just the trendy wine of the 21st century. When the Greeks planted the first grapevines in Provence 2,600 years ago, they were already making rosé! This was because wine-making techniques in those days were different: the method of macerating red grapes, which gives red wine its colour, was unknown or, at the least, very uncommon. Wine made from red grapes was therefore rosé. In other words, Provence is the oldest wine region in France, and rosé is the oldest known wine!

In Provence, making rosé is a speciality, and a long-standing way of life, thanks to Provence's climate, terroir and varietals which are perfectly suited to this wine. It is only logical then that Provence should be the number one French region for the production of rosé wines: 156 million AOC bottles in 2016, accounting for 42% of rosé production nationwide and 6% around the world! In the minds of consumers too, Provence is the top wine region associated with rosé. This is no surprise: the producers are the only ones to dedicate 89% of their vines to that wine! From vineyard management to wine-making, by way of the choice of varietals, every step is carefully thought out by Provence's wine-growers to ensure they produce high-quality rosé wines.

 

Popular Provence Varietals

• Rolle (known as Vermentino in Italy) — a white grape varietal that has always been cultivated in Provence. Rolle makes wines with bouquets of citrus, pear, almond and fennel. Rolle also adds structure, balance and finesse.

• Grenache — a red grape varietal originating from Spain. Grenache gives wines full body and power. To young wines, Grenache provides elegant hints of berries and spicier meaty notes to more evolved wines.

• Cinsault — a flavourful and attractive red Provencal varietal that has long been used as a table grape. Cinsault adds a fresh, delicate and fruity touch to wines nuancing the power of other varietals.

• Syrah — a red varietal that creates solid deep coloured wines whose tannins make them coarse in the first years but benefit from prolonged ageing. Over the years, Syrah evolves into its characteristic notes of vanilla, tobacco and candied berries.

• Mourvèdre — a red grape varietal has been planted in Provence for a long time. This grape varietal grows best in warm calcareous terroirs, ripens slowly, and is happiest when facing the sea. Mourvèdre produces robust wines with delicate assertive tannins. To young wines, Mourvèdre offers hints of violet and blackberry. Its smooth suppleness accompanied by characteristic notes of spices, pepper and cinnamon are revealed after several years of ageing. Mourvèdre is often used in blends with Grenache and Syrah.

 

Readers' Feedback:

Imagine if we embraced life's moments big and small, without reservation. Together, we might fill the world with contagious joy. Please share with me your wines, spirits and cocktail experiences or comments on the above article at debbiansm@gmail.com, or follow me on IG @debbiansm #barnoneja.

 

Debbian Spence-Minott

An Alumna of the US Sommelier Association

CEO of the Academy of Bartending, Spirits & Wines

President – Jamaica Union of Bartenders and Mixologists (JUBAM) Limited


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