by Russ Anderson on March 22, 2018

Many people mistakenly think rosés are a new phenomenon, but they have long been popular in Europe, especially in the south of France. Rosé, rosato, rosado, etc has been drunk for years, usually a dry wine that gives some feel for the vintage and provides a wonderful bridge for what I call the “in between.” Either in between seasons where it is not too cold nor too hot or meals that are in between, not a full on red meat but neither just a light salad. Rosés have a great affinity for this as they combine the crispness of a white wine with a touch of red fruit and tannin of a red. There is a range from light to heavy with the heavier ones being well suited to the recent weather we have been having. A truly classic rosé is this one from the region of Tavel in France.

1 cavisteTrinquevedel Tavel 2017
Tavel was established as an AOC (wine region) in France in 1936. It is the only AOC that if you see the name, Tavel, can only be a rosé wine. Guillaume Demoulin is the fourth generation making wine at this estate which his ancestor purchased in 1936 at the birth of the new AOC. The wine is comprised of 45% Grenache, 24% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah from vines that are almost 40 years old now. The Grenache adds nice depth of red fruit to this wine, lots of ripe and dried strawberry notes on the palate. this wine is perfect for white beans and a grilled salmon fillet, wonderful with Provencal mussels and even on its own. Perfectly suited to ushering in the warmer weather on the way. $19

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