Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Provence in the City 2014 - Chicago

Provence in the City 2014 - Chicago

Even though this has been one of my favorite winters in recent memory, despite the cold and snow, it was with slight relief to attend the Provence in the City 2014 - Chicago, and imagine myself beachside, sipping dry Rosé.
Provence, the site of France's oldest vineyards, is the world's largest wine region specializing in rosé. The physical environment of Provence – with its plentiful sunshine; its mistral winds; its Mediterranean Basin soils; and its hillsides covered with wild lavender, rosemary, and thyme – is reflected in the refreshing flavors and zesty aromas of the rosé wines made there. Provençal winemakers make rosé from the red grape varieties traditionally grown in the region: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tibouren, Carignan, and, occasionally, Cabernet Sauvignon. All Provence AOP rosés are estate bottled – made and bottled by the grower under Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP) rules. This guarantees the quality of the wine and ensures the reputation of the AOP system.
Though slightly crowded, the Pump Room restaurant was a classic and classy place to hold this wine tasting. While we were uncertain where to get started, it turned out that it didn't matter - the Provencal winemakers are a friendly bunch, and held to strict standards in the production of Rosé, so every wine was pretty much amazing. When's the last time you could say THAT about a tasting? Tasty food pairings were offered, along with bottled water and sodas (does anyone still drink soda anymore?). Though not all to our taste, every wine was well-made and beautifully explained by the winery rep, often the winemaker themselves.

Add in meeting some well-known winemakers, like Sacha Lichine (he made the mistake of inviting us to visit him) and the event was beyond our expectations - thanks Wines of Provence!

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1 comment:

  1. Great tasting - will definitely search out some rosés from Provence this summer!