Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wine Review: Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rose` 2010

Note: This image is the 2009 vintage.

This wine has a beautiful soft light pink color. The nose is soft with notes of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. The palates flavors mirrored the nose with all of that bright berry fruit, with a light and refreshing mouth feel. The wine has structure due to the composition of Syrah (40%), Grenache (40%) and Cinsault (20%). This wine was like summer and Provence in a glass, just what you need in this summer heat. The wine has a nice fruit finish, but remains light, crisp and refreshing. I shared this bottle of rose` and food pairing with a friend who is eager to experience the world of wine, and she loves the light pink color of this wine and how refreshing it is. Also, she got her first taste of pepper jelly. That was amazing to me, since we are both from New Orleans. We all learn something new everyday!

 I paired this rose`wine with a no cook pairing of cream cheese topped with Tabasco Brand Red Pepper Jelly and Town House Flatbread Crisp, the olive oil and sea salt variety. This makes for a tasty and pretty quick appetizer. I think the spiciness of the pepper jelly melds with the Syrah in this blend.  In addition,  the sweetness of the pepper jelly melds with the fresh berry flavors of the rose` wine, and the cream cheese gives the sweet and heat of this no cook pairing "balance".

 This wine would also pair well with fresh goat cheese, salmon, chicken (grilled or southern fried), turkey burgers and light appetizers. I enjoyed sipping it alone and with the  cream cheese and pepper jelly appetizer with crackers.   Note:  This wine was a sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports 

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