wine wednesday: provence, france

It’s no secret that I have a love for rosé. What can I say? When the weather is sunny and 70 degrees ninety-percent of the time in LA there’s not an easier choice.

But there IS an even better choice when it comes to rosé selection, and that would be from: PROVENCE, FRANCE.

Nearly all the wine that comes out of that region is ROSÉ, so it is there specialty if you will.

Located on the Mediterranean coast, the climate is easy, breezy and beautiful…and yes it’ll make you feel like a covergirl. It’s got hills (grapes loooove to grow on hills) breeze, loads of herbs like lavender, thyme and rosemary-plus the glorious Med sun. These factors all lend a hand to create wines uniquely provencal.

c/o wine folly
c/o wine folly

As you can see, there are a lot of smaller regions within Provence. Individually they are known as an AOC.

What is an AOC you ask?? Besides being a great restaurant in LA, it stands for “Appellation de’Origin Contrôlée”. These are a set of rules and regulation wine makers/growers have to follow and its specific per region in France. Examples are: what kinds of grapes growers can grow, the blending percentages, how many grapes can be harvested per season etc.

buying tips

For stellar Rosé look for these regions:

  1. Côtes du Provence $$
  2. Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence $$ (Brad and Angie’s Miraval is from here RIP)
  3. Bandol $$$

cÔte de provence rosé pick:

2014 Château d’Astros Côtes de Provence approximately $15. It’s clean, crisp and dry with notes of strawberry, raspberry. Well rounded and drinks like a more expensive bottle, score!

Any favorite Provence wines?? Share away!

-video and photography help from Sophie Kuller

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