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Provence… the name conjures up images of charming hilltop villages, terraced vineyards, rocky hillsides, pastel meadows, lush fields of lavender, intensely blue skies, windswept seashores, and open-air cafés serving bouillabaisse and rosé.
Made famous by the Impressionist artists Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, this sun-drenched region is set in the southeastern corner of France, along the Mediterranean Sea. It encompasses the cities of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Cannes, Marseille, Nice, and Saint-Tropez.
Provence is known for its intensely blue skies, warm summers, plentiful winds, and abundant sunshine – up to 2,900 hours per year. Its classic Mediterranean climate also brings mild winters and little rainfall. The region's clear, sapphire skies are a gift of the strong mistral winds, which sweep all clouds and dust from the atmosphere. Visitors can count on lovely weather throughout the region from May through October.
Provence offers the lifestyle many Americans dream of. It's an outdoor lifestyle, flavored with fresh local vegetables, seafood, olive oil, and food-friendly wines. People tend to live and eat outside, taking full advantage of their beautiful surroundings. If Provence is calling you, learn about some places to visit.
"Rosé fits with the taste and the lifestyle of wine drinkers today."—Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier
Pairing Food with Provence Rosé
Fact 1: In France, rosé outsells white wine.
Fact 2: After having been largely ignored outside of France for decades, dry rosé has been rediscovered in the United States and globally as a fun, versatile wine that complements today's lifestyles.
There are at least three reasons for the rosé explosion:
- It's fun – rosé is a beautiful, festive wine that goes hand-in-hand with good times.
- It's Mediterranean – the dry, acidic nature of Provence rosé is the perfect strikes a perfect balance with the well-loved Mediterranean flavors of olive oil, seafood, and fresh vegetables.
- It's versatile – many foodies consider rosé THE pairing wine because it complements so many dishes.
The crisp, cool flavors of a well-balanced Provence rosé pair well not only with traditional Provençal cuisine, but with spicy, full-flavored dishes from many parts of the world. Year round, try a dry, fruity rosé with:
- Asian fusion
- Indian curries
- Mexican and Tex-Mex fare
- Middle Eastern cuisine
- Spanish paella and tapas
- Italian pizza, pasta, and risotto
- Thai cuisine
- Szechwan and other Chinese dishes
- Soups and stews
- Southern BBQ
- Barbecued pork
- Grilled burgers
Fish and Seafood
- Grilled fish, seafood
- Steamed or poached fish
- Bouillabaisse and other traditional Provençal cuisine
- Grilled or steamed vegetables
- Herb omelets
- Appetizers, hors d'heuvers
Appetizers / Hors d'Oeuvres
- Cold cuts, sausages
Pairings: Pan-Seared Cod + Provence Rosé
Former White House Chef Patrice Olivon on San Diego Living
What the Experts Have to Say
"A more versatile food wine you won't find in any color, at any price point."
"To achieve rosé nirvana, follow my 'Rosé Rule of P': serve it with anyting pink–lobster, shrimp, ham, pork–or anything Provencal–such as bouillabaisse, salade Nicoise, or grilled sardines."
-Mark Oldman, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (Norton, 2010), p. 114
Proven rosés are "gently made, intriguingly perfumed , and dry enough to be the perfect foil for the garlic and olive oil that characterize the region's cuisine."
—The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, p. 146
—The Wine Guide by Wiliams-Sonoma (p. 53)
"Not just for summer sipping and bouillabaisse, rosé wines pair well with all kinds of cuisines, all year long."