Take Our #RoseAllDay Tour Of France
By Chef Amanda Jackson
Delicious, refreshing, and sweet nectar are all accurate, but rosé is a type of wine that utilizes the color of the grape skins in the winemaking process. It does not utilize enough to quantify as a red wine, and colors can vary from light to deep blushes depending on the varietal and craftsmanship.
This light, refreshing wine that’s sparkling and sweet or sometimes still and dry, has made itself right at home as one of the most popular wines in the world. As one of the earliest known red wines, rose has a long, rich history and should be added to your regular rotation.
Location: Northeastern France
Grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunrier
Notes: sparkling, full bodied, noted for ageability
Go There: Take a day trip from Paris! This destination is an hour away by TGV train.
Location: Southern France, across from the Rhone River
Grapes: grenache, cinsault, syrah, mourvedre
Notes: dry, medium bodied, deeply aromatic
Go There: See the favorite vineyards of kings during a trip to the South of France. This destination is an hour car drive from the Marseilles Provence Airport.
Cotes de Provence
Location: Southeastern France, off the Mediterranean coast
Grapes: carignan, cinsault, grenache, mourvedre, tibouren, cabarnet sauvignon, syrah
Notes: dry, fresh fruit aromas, almost always pairs well with seafood
Go There: While visiting the coast and tasting the seasonal seafood of the region, visit any number of vineyards located here. The area is a less than 45 minute drive from the Marseilles Provence Airport.