[image of Provence via: Butterfield and Robinson]
Summer has reappeared, and with it, my thirst for rosé. While many regions in the world produce fantastic rosé, there is just something about the rosés from the South of France… you can literally taste the lavender and the sun-scorched rosemary and thyme that surround the vineyards. One sip is all it takes for me to start imagining myself buying a house in France a la Peter Mayle..
When my budget allows, I’ll reach for a rosé from Bandol or Tavel, but every year I spend the first few weeks of summer drinking, sampling the various rosés in the LCBO and hone in on my staple summer pink.
This year, I came across it early (it was literally the first one I picked up) and I felt I owed it to myself to try out some others—such a trial. But after rigorously sampling several other wines (all more expensive) I realized that I wasn’t going to find a better rosé dollar for dollar than L’Orangeraie Vin de Pays D’Oc rosé (which has the added bonus of a great name and a great wine label). For just $9.95 at the LCBO, you too can get a bottle of this liquid sunshine. A blend of Grenache, Merlot, Syrah and Cinsault, it is full bodied, with flavours of crushed strawberries, cherry and white peach; the perfect wine for sipping on its own or with food (think grilled pork, olives, goat cheese and paté).
Just be sure to leave a bottle or two for me.