Over 50% of Provence's wines are Rosé
I owe this delightful discovery to a client of ours who telephoned recently about a Rosé tasting he had conducted in the Bay Area with friends. He was calling to tell us that the hands-down favorite was a French one from Trader Joes. The price? A whopping $6.99. My husband jumped in the car and dashed out to grab a few bottles. Our client was right. This one, a wine from Provence, is a real winner that delivers a terrific value.
If a Rosé could choose its birthplace it might very well choose Porvence. First, the area is stunning. Second, it's been making wine for >2,000 years so they've had plenty of time to get it right. Located in southern France not far from the Riviera, Provence specializes in Rosé. I was in Provence last month at a Wine-Knows sponsored Julia Child cooking event. Our group tasted a plethora of Rosé most of which were very good. But, none offered the quality price ratio of the one from TJ's.
Drum roll please! The terrific seven buck Rosé is produced by J.L. Quinson and its called Cotes de Provence, AOC (which means its from the appellation encompassing the hills of Provence). The 2016 blend is a equal blend of Carignan and Grenache...both common grapes for the Rhone Valley of which Provence is a part. (Note: Quinson also makes another Rosé which TJ carries called Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, so pay attention).
We're heading back to TJ's to pick up several cases for summer drinking and reminiscing about our glorious time at the Week in Provence with Julia Child. Thank you, Marco, for this great tip!
Have a Rosé-all-day kind of weekend!