It’s early April, there is still a foot of snow in these mountain yards.  Summer is a dim memory and a vague promise.  We can only dream of sitting on the terrace in the sun, enjoying a chilled glass of wine.

Wines of Provence (and Corsica)

Wines of Provence (and Corsica)

At the French Wine Society class on Provence (and Corsica) we had the opportunity to taste several rose wines from Provence area. It was like tasting the sunshine.

Starting with Caves D’Esclans Whispering Anget Cotes de Provence Rose 9012 from a producer near Frejus. It’s a lovely delicate pale rose color and subtle aromas of strawberries. Perfectly named for an angel.

Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose 2013Another beautiful pink color, a bit more intense color and aromas in this one.  It could easily stand up to a roast chicken or even your Thanksgiving turkey.

Clos Ste. Magdeleine Cassis 2007
Golden color and aromas that border on almond.  This from an organic grower committed to bio-dynamic production.  This was from Shera;’s personal cellar.  She took it for a test run when it was new and suggested that it benefitted from a nap of several years to let it soften and open up.

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Sheral Schowe, Wine Educator and instructor in the French Wine Society’s French Wine Scholar Program

With all due respect for those who have White Zinfandel in their cellars, this is the wine you were actually wanting.  Gorgeous color, soft in the mouth, appropriate for both seafood and a roasted bird.  Or my favorite, sitting on the terrace, soaking up the sun and enjoying a friendly chilled glass of Rose.  Now where is that sun?

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