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!

The best wines for spring, Rosé of course!

Rose wines are bright, fresh, crisp and refreshing

Here we are in the beginning of March already. Where does the time go?  This was a nice mild winter here in the Hudson Valley, great for those of us who don’t like the cold, and not so good for those of us that like the cold and snow.

We have already had some days that feel like spring in February, and in just a couple weeks, it will be here to stay.  That excites me for a number of reasons. It’s almost time to plant our gardens, enjoy great outdoor activities like hiking, boating and golf, and most of all the release of the 2015 Rose wines.

Rose wines have come a long way in the past five-10 years. Gone are the sweet, sugary wines that our grandparents and parents used to enjoy. Not that there is anything wrong with those, if that’s what you like.Several_Rhone_and_Provence_roses

Now we have bright, fresh wines that showcase the fruit that makes them, and the terroir in which they are grown. These wines are crisp and refreshing, making them perfect for the spring and summer months, and they pair wonderfully with the lighter foods that we indulge in this time of year. These wines are meant to be consumed young. That’s why it is so exciting for when the new vintages come out every spring, and from everything I’ve read and been told, the 2016 wines are fantastic.  

The home of Rose wine is Provence, France, and year after year Bieler Pere et Fils is one of the best Rose wines from Provence. This lovely salmon-colored wine is a blend of 40 percent Grenache, 25 percent Syrah, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and rounded out with Cinsault and Rolle.

The vineyards are located in the rolling hills just outside the town of Coteaux d’Aix. The beauty of this wine is that it includes all the rich flavors of a red, with the refreshing qualities of a white. There is s nice combination of red fruit and floral notes on the nose, on the palate, the wine shines with strawberry, raspberry and bing cherry. The finish is crisp with herbal notes and refreshing acidity. The value of this wine is undeniable, coming in under $12.

The Rhone Valley is another great French location for Rose wines, and Paul Jaboulet Aine is one of the most famous producers, for all his wines, in the Rhone. Jaboulet’s vineyard is located just outside the town of Pont de Ilsere and two miles south of the 45th Parallel, for which the wine is named. This light pink wine consists of 50 percent Grenache, 40 percent Cinsault and 10 percent Syrah. The complexity and finesse of this wine amaze me, with ripe red berries, melon and minerality being the focal point. This beautiful wine is a little more pricey, at $15 a bottle, but worth every penny.  

The Rioja region of Spain is well known for its’ fantastic reds, but you don’t want to overlook their Rose wines. Cortijo is a fantastic producer from the town of Hormilla in the Rioja Alta sub-region. Their Rose, made from 100 percent Garnacha, is a superb wine made with extreme care.

Cortijo is a family-owned estate that uses 100 percent organic farming practices, and only estate fruit. This wine has nice rose petal and cherry notes, with strawberry and spice on the palate. The finish is dry and refreshing. This wine pairs well with light foods and salads and is the best value at right around $10.  

Last but not least is one of my personal favorites, Charles & Charles Rose. This deep pink wine comes to us from the Columbia Valley of Washington State, and is a blend of 72 percent Syrah, rounded out with Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault, and Counoise.  This is a big bold Rose with lush red fruit, border lining on sweet, it turns dry, with a touch of citrus, minerality, and refreshing acidity. This wine is bold enough for BBQ meats, and delicate enough for lighter fare as well. I find it to be a fantastic wine for $13.

So here is to the warm weather of Spring, and the great Rose wines that come along with this time of year.  They are perfect for that first backyard BBQ or picnic.