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Vanderpump Rose 2016
Perfect with light appetizers, seafood and of course the classic Provence dish, Moules Frites.
Produced in Côtes de Provence, from the interior Valley of Provence and Sainte Victoire Terroir where the sunshine is plentiful and frequent dry, cool mistral winds blow in from the north. The vineyard soils are primarily clay, limestone pebbles and sand, and the hillsides are covered with wild lavender, rosemary and thyme.
Inspired by time spent in the south of France, Lisa, along with her husband Ken Todd, daughter Pandora Vanderpump Sabo and son-in-law Jason Sabo, decided to launch their first rosé wine – a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, from the Interior Valley of Provence and famous Sainte Victoire terroir. Soils of mainly clay, limestone pebbles and sand contribute to the wine’s classic Provençal profile, which offers aromas of red currant, sweet citrus and hints of pepper that lead to a dry, refreshing palate with notes of strawberry, tangerine and peach.In addition to great success as an author, actress and well-known television personality, Lisa and Ken are international restaurateurs who have owned over 30 restaurants, bars and clubs in London and Los Angeles, such as The Shadow Lounge, Bar Soho, SUR, Pump, and Villa Blanca. The experience and passion the entire Vanderpump family has applied throughout the establishment and launch of Vanderpump Rosé has been viewed by millions on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. They are ecstatic to finally share the wine’s long-awaited debut vintage.
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provence appellations and extending all the way east to the border of Italy. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a warm Mediterranean wine-producing region.
Here there is a new focus on quality rosé, as it defines four fifths of the region’s wines. Following in the rosé footsteps, a lot of new effort is going into the region’s red production. A new generation has turned its focus on high quality Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. Cotes de Provence white wines, which represent a miniscule part of the region as far as volume, are nonetheless worthy of consideration and can include any combination of Clairette, Semillon, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. It is produced throughout the world from a vast array of grape varieties, but the most successful sources are California, southern France (particularly Provence), and parts of Spain and Italy.
Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color will depend on the grape variety and the winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta. These wines are typically fresh and fruity, fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to preserve the primary aromas and flavors. Most rosé, with a few notable exceptions, should be drunk rather young, within a few years of the vintage.