Provencal Rose Wine from Footballers’ Wines
Provencal Rose Wine from Footballers’ Wines
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When people think of wine they have the same view as if you were looking at a Sunderland kit too closely: Red or White. But there is a third way, and it’s called Rose (pronounced Rohsey). In fact that third way is becoming increasingly popular as people discover the joys of the pink stuff. In France, where let’s face it they know a thing or two about wine, Rose actually outsells White wine.
That’s because, unlike Sunderland, Rose wine is superbly food friendly and refreshing. It’s at its best when quenching a thirst on a hot summer’s day. But these days, as that French sales stat would suggest, Rose wine has reinvented itslef as an all-year-round player.
The distinctive pink colour of Rose wine comes from dark grape skins being allowed just a little bit of contact with the juice during production, but not enough to make the wine fully red. But even that small contact with the skins gives Rose a bit more body than a white wine, without going as far as a punchy red wine. So think of Rose as a chilled wine for red wine lovers who can’t bring themselves to drink white.
It’s a bit of a misconception that Rose is produced by blending Red & White wine together. Like a Suarez bite, although it does happen it’s a rare, frowned upon, and in certain circumstances illegal, practice.
Due to the popularity of very sweet varieties of Rose wine such as Mateus Rose in the 70s & 80s a lot of people associate Rose as a sweet, and therefore rather unclassy wine. However the proper stuff is made to have little, or no residual sugar, making it dry, or at most a little bit sweet. The limited amount of exposure that the juice has to the skin during production creates a unique delicate fruity flavour. But the downside of this delicacy is that the flavour starts leaving the wine quite quickly after being made. Like a team that starts the season strongly but fades after Christmas, it’s estimated that half a bottle’s original flavour will have disappeared from the wine within a year. So it’s best to drink Rose as soon as possible.
Uniquely for a wine, Rose is so called because of its colour (Rosé is French for pink), not because of the grape its made from or the region in which its produced. It’s also known as rosado in Portuguese/Spanish-speaking countries or rosato in Italy. It can be made from any red wine grape, and consequently pops up all round the world. Spain, Italy, and USA all produce good quality pink wines. But the real home of Rose wine is France, and the real home of Rose wine in France is a 125 mile stretch of South-Eastern France known as Provence.
Provence Rose Wine Production
Of all the wine produced in Provence, it’s estimated that two-thirds of it is Rose. It’s easy to understand why Provence is the go-to place for pink wine when you learn that they’ve been making Rose it in these parts since Roman times. The producers of Provence have got Rose down to a fine art. The vineyards in Provence are never more than 25 miles from the coast meaning they get a grape-tastic 3000 hours of sunshine a year – almost as much as Ronaldo’s tan. All Provencal rosés have some common characteristics: they tend to be fresh, crisp, bright, and dry. They are also usually a pale pink in colour.
Food to pair with Provencal Rose wine
Rose wine is very food friendly, and can be a happy partner for a wide variety of food. In France a small glass of Rose is often drunk at lunchtime. But think of Mediterranean cuisine and you’ll get a good idea of what suits Rose best. Grilled fish, salads, barbecued meat and shellfish all are great partners with Rose.
Buy a case of 6 Provencal Rose Wine
Footballers’ Wines is a great place to find out about QPR. Not the blue and white hooped Premiership/Championship yo-yoists, but Quality Price Ratio. When we find a wine that has great QPR we write about it. But when we find one that has superb QPR we put our name on it and import it. This classic Provencal Rose wine is produced in a small winery in Cogolin, just down the road from glamorous St Tropez, that’s part of the quality controlled ‘Appellation Côtes de Provence Contrôlée’ group. It’s a Gold Medal Winner at several Paris wine shows (the FA Cup for wines). The wine is a traditional Rose blend of local grapes Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache, with a splash of Rolle and Mouvedre added for good measure. For those that want to know it has aromas if raspberry and honeysuckle with elegant flavours of peanch and cherry. For those that don’t, trust us: this is good stuff.