July Featured Wine: Bieler Rosé

Robs Review

Bieler Pere et Fils Rose

 

This fantastic Rose from Provence France is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Rolle.  This classic style rose features beautiful notes of raspberry and strawberry with a mid palate of floral and citrus.  The finish has nice minerality and refreshing acidity creating a well balanced wine.  Enjoy the Bieler rose all throughout these summer months, it is perfect with light fare, and all by itself.    

 

Light Fare for a Bright Rose’

Rose’ is such a summer time wine; it’s fresh and delicious!  This is a light fare I had with the Bieler Rose’ and it was just perfect.  The summer is here celebrate with simple food and bright Rose’ from Provence, the Rose’ capital of France and the world!

Frittata

Frittata

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scramble 6 – 8 eggs, add a little coconut milk and set aside.  In a cast iron skillet, saute a little garlic and olive oil and whatever vegetables 

you desire.  After few minutes, pour the eggs into the skillet and cook on stovetop for only a few minutes so the eggs set.  Then move the skillet to the oven and cook for about 20 – 30 minutes.  Check to see if done with a toothpick.  Remove and let cool to room temperature.  Remove entire frittata from pan gently and place on round plate and add fresh arugula and cherry or grape tomatoes to the top.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt and serve room temperature.

Caprese

This is an easy summer dish, it is just tomatoes and mozzarella.  Use whatever tomatoes and mozzarella you have and it can be prepared in a bowl with small tomatoes and small mozzarella balls or you can use gigantic slice

Caprese

s of each on a plate, or anything in between.  The key is FRESH BASIL.  Once plated, add salt and olive oil, but just a touch then use fresh basil, cut lengthwise and sprinkled on top.

Shrimp Scampi

This is super easy and delicious and goes well with Rose’.  Clean and prepare shrimp and place in a baking pan.  Chop a generous amount of garlic and put in small mixing bowl with olive oil, lemon and either parsley or basil (your choice but please use fresh).  Mix together until it looks slightly congealed then pour over the shrimp.  Add just a little white wine as well to the

Shrimp Scampe

shrimp.  Put in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.  Check to see if done, remove and plate, add more fresh herbs to the

2015 Provence Rosé Wine Vintage Review

2015 in Review, Provence Rosé Wine

Producer Charles Smith said, “This isn’t your Grandma’s Rosé.” No offense meant of course to anyone’s Grandma, as I’m sure your grandma is just as lovely as the next kindly woman out there. But you get the idea. As our own venerablRosé Wine, Charlies Bieler e Rob Accordino stated in a recent article on the wine, Rosé has evolved greatly in the last 10 years.

This year we’re picking up several Rosé wines, but one we wanted to feature here is a wine produced by Charles Bieler in Provence. The vintage in Provence this year was very promising with a great growing season and overall very fantastic weather. The harvest was about a week earlier, but the fruit maintained great acidity and did not over ripen, so all is well that ends well. Rob had the chance to taste the wine a few weeks ago, and it was nothing short of stunning. In his own words, it was “off the chain.” This one is what we’d call a “serious Rosé,” not so much a party in your mouth as it’s something that asks you to stop and think for a minute about what you’re drinking. Any Rosé wine that does that (or any wine for that matter,) and tastes great on top of it is not to be taken lightly.

Overall we think you’ll be pleased with the wine this year, and look forward to sharing it with you. Here’s to your Grandma, and the awesome 2015 Rosé.  Happy Drinking!

Big Run down on French Wine

Education is the key to understanding these renowned wines

French wines are some of my personal favorites. They are refined, focused, well structured and delicious.

I also understand how they can be intimidating for wine novices, for they are classified by the regions that they come from and not by the grape varietal, like we are used to here in the U.S.  Another misconception is that French wines are expensive, this cannot be further from the truth, for some great values can be found, with the proper research. For this particular article, I am going to focus on a couple different French reds that will satisfy a variety of palates, and budgets.  

Let’s start in Burgundy, for this is the easiest region to understand when it comes to French Reds, for if it’s from Burgundy it is Pinot Noir. Wines from Burgundy do tend to be on the expensive side. As a matter of a fact, some producers from this region make the most expensive wines in the world. David Duband is a producer who makes several fantastic wines, one of which is his Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits, Louis Auguste.

This Pinot Noir is an incredible value, drinking way above its price point. The nose is full of wild floral notes, rich cherry and earth, the palate has nice cherry flavors, followed by wild mushroom and forest floor flavors, with a fantastic finish with balancing acidity tannins. This well-structured wine is a crowd pleaser for sure, and all for under $30.

Provence is not a region well known for its red wines, but more for its roses.  I was lucky enough to find one from Mas de Gourgonnier. This wine is a juicy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. Bright red fruit and spice stand out on the nose, with strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate. The finish is smooth with nicely integrated tannins, earth, and herbal notes. This is the perfect example of a value wine from France, from a region not well known for its reds.  

Bordeaux is one of the most complicated regions to navigate for its red wines. The grapes used in Bordeaux blends are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot being the dominant grape. The reason it is difficult to follow is that each producer uses different blends. Sometimes Merlot is the lead grape and other times Cabernet Sauvignon, sometimes just two varietals are used and others have all five. This leads to wines that vary in flavor and texture, so it is important to ask your wine professional what the wine’s blend is and what amounts to decide what you will like best.

Chateau de Landiras is one of my favorite red Bordeaux. This wine is 80 percent Merlot and 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. This vineyard is a small family-owned Chateau in the Graves section of Bordeaux, with great care going into the farming of the land and making the wine that only a small family operation provides. The wine has an aromatic nose filled with black cherry and currant, the palate fills with dark fruit and earth, with great structure and balance throughout. Unlike many red Bordeaux, this wine is meant to be enjoyed when it hits the shelves and does not need any bottle age. It is a great value at around $20.

Another fantastic producer in Bordeaux is Chateau Pascaud, another family owned vineyard that puts great care into their land and the wines they produce. This blend of 90 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cab Franc shows blackberry, floral and mocha notes on the nose, with soft tannins and juicy black cherry on the palate. The finish is full and balanced with a touch of licorice. It has a true Bordeaux character ready for consumption at the modest price of under $15.  

The Rhone valley is home to my two favorite French reds, one for everyday drinking and another for special occasions. Cotes du Rhone is the everyday drinking wine for people in this region, as well as myself. Les Garrigues is a producer that hits the nail on the head with its blend of 60 percent Grenache, 25 percent Syrah, 10 percent Mourvedre and 5 percent Cinsault. Spicy and fruity is the best way to describe this one, perfect for sipping with friends or paired with BBQ. At around $10 a bottle, it would be difficult to find a better value for a fruity smooth drinking red.  

Clos du Mont-Olivet is an exceptional Chateauneuf du Pape and a perfect wine for special occasions. A similar blend to it’s little brother Cotes du Rhone has 80 percent Grenache and the rest rounded out with Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvedre. This wine comes from the best terroir in the Rhone Valley, making it more complex and balanced. On the nose, this wine exhibits red fruit, spice and floral notes, followed by fresh raspberry and rose petal on the palate. The finish is long and smooth with spice, sweetness, and well-integrated tannins to add balance. It is still considered a great value for Chateauneuf du Pape for $35 a bottle.