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I Love French Wine and Food - A Rose From Provence

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					If you are looking for fine French wine and food, consider the world famous Provence
region in southeastern France. You may even find a bargain wine in this sun-drenched
ideal tourist location, marred only by the excessive number of tourists. I hope that
you'll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour of this French candidate for
paradise in which we review a local rose wine.

Provence ranks ninth in acreage among France's eleven wine-growing regions. Over
half of Provence wine is rose wine, some excellent and some that leave much to be
desired. One of the problems, believe it or not, is excessive sun, which can almost
literally bake the grapes much as it bakes your skin. The wine reviewed below is a
Cotes de Provence made out of eight grape varieties ranging from the local Rolle (it
has other names in Corsica and Italy) to the international Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you have unlimited funds you may choose to visit St.Tropez, a Mediterranean port
made famous by Brigitte Bardot much more than by the French writer Guy de
Maupassant or painters including Matisse. I won't list today's glitterati often spotted in
the area. For a change of pace visit the Musee de l'Annonciade (Annunciation
Museum), a Fourteenth Century chapel. Stroll through the old town and stop by the
Sixteenth Century Citadelle (Citadel) overlooking the city and the sea. You may even
want to play petanque, a local form of bowling. Did I suggest that you bring plenty of
money?

Before reviewing the Cotes de Provence wine and local cheeses, here are a few
suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Tapenade (Chopped Olives, Capers, Anchovies, and Olive Oil). For your
second course savor Gardienne de Taureau (Bull Stew in Red Wine). And as dessert
indulge yourself with Clafoutis d'abricot (Apricot Custard).

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at
the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed Petale de Rose, Regine Sumeire, Cotes de Provence 2007 13.5%
about $15

Let's start by my sight translation of the marketing materials. Its color reminds one of
a low-intensity onion peel. Its aroma is delicate with subtle whiffs of small red fruits
and vanilla. Enjoy this dry rose's good acidity and fairly long finish. Suggested food
pairings include stuffed mushrooms, braised ham, lobster stew, grilled salmon, grilled
trout, and veal saute.

Before the first meal I sipped some of this wine. It was light, refreshing, and
somewhat long. It was summer in a glass. The meal consisted of chicken meatballs
slow cooked with soft wheat kernels. The wine tasted of grapefruit. It was feathery
with nice acidity and did a great job of cutting the meat's grease. In the presence of
roasted eggplant with lots of garlic (as in Provence) the wine became rounder.

The second tasting involved a barbecued chicken breast, potatoes roasted in chicken
fat, and green beans in a tomato sauce. The rose tasted of light cherries. It was softly
acidic and nicely long. The word feathery popped up again. I had the feeling that there
were some dark red grapes hiding in this wine. I was a little disappointed when the
wine was flattened by fruit juice candy.

The final meal consisted of a red pepper and a Portobello mushroom omelet. The rose
was sweet, light, refreshingly acidic, and not very fruity. When paired with a
high-quality French lemon pie with a buttery crust the wine lost its sweetness. There
was a note of citrus in the background but it was clearly overpowered.

The first cheese pairing was with a local Provolone. At first the cheese seemed to
flatten the wine. Later it was nicely acidic, round, and light. With a marbled Cheddar
the wine was definitely muted. But it did return to normal when I finished the cheese.

Final verdict. I would definitely buy this wine again. I have been reviewing a lot of
$10 wines and this one is clearly in a different league. But as so often, it's important
not to waste it on inappropriate food pairings.

				
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