Wine Classification

DECODING CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ

There are still people out there who think that rosé comes from blending red and white wines and others who (seriously) think rosé is made from a single grape variety called rosé. This article focuses on the traditionally dry, fresh, fruit-forward, pale-colored rosés that hail from the largest appellation in Provence, endeavoring to shed light on what to expect in a glass of such elixir. More informed readers may prefer to scoot right down to “Four Côtes de Provence Rosés” where a subset of our regular PWZ tasting panel decodes four premiere rosés from that appellation.

It sometimes seems the whole world is drinking rosé right now—the United States is second only to France in the consumption of rosé these days and the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, and Hong Kong have all seen significant growth in consumption.2 And yet, many people don’t have a clue about what’s in their glass, whether it is rosé from Provence or any of the other many countries where it is currently
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food
Those Summer Nights

While summer isn't the only season to drink rosé, it is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer evening... and that is something we know well in Tucson. Sometimes, it is so hot in the evening (lately, our temperatures have been hovering at 115°F or 46°C) that we don't want a full meal - perhaps just apéro with some nice wine, a little cheese, and a few friends. With a bottle of the 2015 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé chilling, we invited a few friends over for some wine and cheese. Simple. Casual. Relaxed. Early in the morning, while it
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