Hérosé 2021 - Cellier des Princes

A real beauty of a modern rosé from the Cellier des Princes, a cooperative of 150 winegrowers in Chateauneif-du-Pape. 

Strawberry pink colour - in a bottle with elegant floral design and an attractive 12.5% in alcohol making it very drinkable.

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An injection of pink into a monochrome world

More evidence that rosé wines pair fabulously well with food and are at the ready to add colour into the wintry months. Scottie Gregory explores three fine pinks from Provence with some mouth-watering dishes.

Three more Provence Rosés well worth trying are Le Grand Cros L’Espirit de Provence; Chateau St-Maur Cru Classé and last, but not least, La Sangliere Speciale.

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A selection of rosé wines for autumn

August has receded into memory and September is offering bright but slightly chillier starts to the days. Uncertainty around all things means we are still living out the most surreal of years.

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Chateau Paradis, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, Terre des Anges Rosé 2019

As we head towards winter, some of us may discard the habit of a glass of chilled rosé as a soothing balm for warm weather but this rosé is a delight barely chilled. This is a rosé that will take us through the winter and is one of the contrasts combining intensity of flavour with a silky subtleness - by Scottie Gregory.


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Tongue feelers for sun dreamers: rosé wine tips with suavity

The wines in this selection all fit neatly into a category of rosé that this year, somewhat ironically, seems more desirable than ever before. The irony is that I should be basking in a landscape, such as the one the bottles are set against above (location: Collioure in Roussillon, where the Pyrenees run into the Mediterranean Sea), however, I find these wines are part of a set of ingredients, evoking summery thoughts, that keep the wolves of longing from the door. 

If you are seeking a rosé to enjoy then here you will find a range of contemporary styles from the rich thirst-quenching mineralogy of Mount Etna, to a palate-cleansing Bordeaux Rosé and the benchmark-setting of vins de Provence, meandering back through southern France to Catalunya for some bubbly pink Cava.

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 

 

As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

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