The 2013 wedding planning season is in full swing, and the myriad choices facing today’s couples include what wines to serve at the reception. For a chic yet affordable selection that pairs well with a wide array of foods, couples can’t go wrong with dry rosé from Provence.
“Dry rosé wine from Provence is a fashionable way to treat your guests to an elegant toast while providing a pop of color to your dinner tables,” said Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events, Inc. in New York City, a winner of WeddingWire.com’s Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 and TheKnot.com’s Best of Weddings 2013.
Produced in a beautiful palette of pinks, from the palest peach to rich coral, Provence rosés are an exquisite complement to bridal décor, not to mention cuisine. All Provence rosés are made from red grapes. To keep the wines light and fresh, the winemakers allow the grape skins only a short period of contact with the pale juice before fermentation – just long enough to achieve the desired color and aromas.
The wines offer a good balance of fruit and acidity, making them ideal on their own or matched with a variety of wedding-day foods – from appetizers and canapés to fish, poultry, pasta, and ethnic cuisine. Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expected to serve Provence rosé, from their own winery, at their planned wedding.
Provence, the oldest winegrowing area in France, is the world’s only wine region that specializes in rosé wine. Dry rosé has become a hot growth category in wine: Exports of rosé from Provence to the United States have grown at double-digit rates each year since 2003, according to reports from Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion.
This means more bottles of crisp Provence rosé are available in the U.S. today than ever before, and many are available at under $20 per bottle. For references, consult a local fine wine retailer or distributor.
The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP), known in the United States as the Provence Wine Council, is an organization representing more than 600 wine producers and 40 trade companies from the Provence region of France. Its mission is to promote and advance the wines of the region’s principal appellations. The organization’s members together produce 96 percent of Provence’s Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) wines. More information can be found online at www.winesofprovence.com or www.facebook.com/winesofprovence or http://twitter.com/winesofprovence.