Vanderpump Rose 2017
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.
Many decades in the hospitality industry worldwide have cultivated the Vanderpump family’s love for outstanding wine. Lisa and family are delighted to introduce Vanderpump Wines to you, including a special selection of Côtes de Provence Rosé, Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay and Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rosé became a passion of the Vanderpump family after living in the South of France for many years. The family’s affinity for the classic Provence style inspired them to create their very own. In 2017 they decided to launch Vanderpump Rosé, a fresh and bright wine from sun-drenched Côtes de Provence region.
The Vanderpump family has deep roots in California: it is where they call home, where their businesses thrive, and where they focus their philanthropic efforts. The Vanderpump family is excited to introduce these two elegant and delicious wines: Vanderpump Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay and Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. In collaboration with renowned Winemaker Tom Hinde, these wines continue a tradition of excellence in Sonoma, and combine the Vanderpump family’s love of the traditional Old World style with the incredible bounty that California has to offer.
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provencal appellations. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a region mainly influenced by the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Here the focus is 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 as well. 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. 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 depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.