Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose` 2010
This wine has a beautiful light salmon color. The nose has aromas of ripe peaches, white pepper and a hint of rose petals. The palate has red fruit flavors like cherry, raspberry and a slight herbal note. The wine has a nice note of minerality and a hint of lemon on the finish. This wine is like Provence in a glass. This wine inspired me to create a cream cheese spread infused with Herbes de Provence. This wine would pair well with fresh goat cheese, especially Purple Haze, appetizers, fish, shrimp, and chicken. Note: this wine was a sample provided by Palm Bay International. SRP $11.99 http://www.palmbay.com/news_roses_for_spring.asp
Lorrie's Herbes de Provence Spread
8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon half and half
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence http://www.vgourmet.com/
¼ teaspoon of sea salt or to taste
2 pinches of cayenne pepper
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until blended and smooth. Place in a bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes. I served this spread on Town House crackers. This made for a simple but great pairing.
Mas de la Dame Rose` du Mas 2010
This wine has a medium pink color. The nose has aromas of strawberries, rose petals and a hint of spice. The palate mimicked the nose with an addition of black pepper and a hint of fennel. This wine has a nice structure that showcases its blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault. This wine would pair well with grilled meats, especially baby back ribs slathered in a smokey sweet sauce, pork chops or chicken. Note: This wine was a sample provided by Palm Bay International. SRP $ $14.99 http://www.palmbay.com/news_roses_for_spring.asp
This wine has a beautiful light salmon color. The nose has aromas of very ripe strawberries and cherries. The palate mimicked the nose showcasing those extremely ripe berry flavors along with a hint of white pepper. The grapes were picked at maturity, which makes the natural sugars apparent in the wine. This makes for a fruity and so delightful pink wine to drink on a lovely spring or summer day. If you are looking for a wine that would please those who don't enjoy a very dry wine, this would be a great choice.This wine would pair well with young goat cheese, shrimp or ham. Note: This wine was a sample provided by Palm Bay International. SRP $11.49
In closing, please realize that the myth that rose` wines are the twin of white zinfandel is just that, a myth. Try some of these French beauties and tell me what you think!