Epicure

EVERY DAY IS A REASON TO DRINK PROVENCE ROSÉ

Birthdays, anniversar­ies, festive occasions and more – Provence rosé wine is a drink that suits all occasions.

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Some wines are meant for special occasions; others for a hearty meal or the aperitif hour. Provence rosé can defy such convention­s – especially in Singapore where this wine naturally suits our lifestyle.

These bright, crisp, dry pink wines are made from a selection of grapes such as grenache, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault. The vastness of the Provence wine region lends itself to a diversity of landscapes – the altitude and soil variations, the strong

mistral wind and varying rainfall create microclima­tes which produce wines with distinct characteri­stics.

The red grapes are gently pressed to extract colour and juice and fermented to the house style to produce rosés of different hues, all with a lovely line of acid and a mineral or saline finish.

Provence rosé is most associated with sunny afternoons and aperitif hours, but given that we live in perennial summer, these pink-hued wines naturally suit into every occasion.

First, let’s tackle the most significan­t occasion of them all: Christmas. Provence rosés pair exceptiona­lly well with seafood and white meats, as with salads and greens. If you’re opting for a turkey centrepiec­e, Maison Mirabeau suggests orange rind and Provençal herbs stuffing to complement their wines.

Special occasions like birthdays, anniversar­ies and in particular, Valentine’s Day, call for a shot of romance and pink – it is, after all, the most instagramm­able wine style of all. But when it comes to holidays marked by Asian cuisine, rosé impresses with its versatilit­y. The wine style works well with spice and piquancy, as well as the diverse range of dishes and flavours we find on our tables.

Most of all, rosé retains its charms as an everyday drink. Serve chilled; it’s hard to argue against a glass of Provence rosé.

Find out more about Provence rosés at www.vinsdeprov­ence.com/en.

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