Spring Is Coming - Promise! And Rose Wines are on the Way! For our full list Click here
I can still remember a spring visit to France way back in the early 1990's where got my first real experience with the dry, refreshing delicious rose wines of Provence. Maybe it was the crystalline Provencal light, the delicious lazy lunches al fresco, the scent of the scrubby rugged landscape and the warmth and welcome of the winemakers, but I fell hard for the beautiful, fresh, dry rose wine of Provence. So I bought five cases as soon as I returned and the wines arrived just before Memorial Day Weekend. Well, in the days of white zinfandel and a time not so far removed from the images of Mateus, Lancers and Riunite, let's just say my skeptical clientele was not quite ready to embrace their inner "pink". So I hand sold every bottle, promising it wasn't "sweet", that it was quite normal, even considered quite chic, to see grown men and women enthusiastically enjoying their rose all throughout the south of France - movie stars in Cannes were drinking it for heaven's sake! I think it took me until Labor day to finally sell the last bottle (or maybe we drank them ourselves as a farewell to summer). In any case, I didn't give up, and the next year we sold a bit more, and within a few years we were selling hundreds of cases of dry Rose in the fleeting months between Easter and Labor Day, the true Rose season. And now the world has caught on, with growers in Provence telling me they used to produce 80% red, 10% each of white and rose as recently as a few years ago, and the complete reverse today, with 80% rose in some cases. When you consider the cash flow ramifications, it's no wonder there are a few new SUV's in the garages!
So Rose is now tres chic, and quite in demand, which presents the opposite problem: we can't get enough of the very best! With rose's general popularity, and the new social media making cult wines out of previously obscure wines, regions, producers and grapes, the word is definitely out. Add that to a few short vintages in France and you get the picture - don't hesistate!
Today we are offering the blue chips (pink chips as the case may be) of our rose portfolio, and while there will be more offers throughout the spring and summer of our more widely available rose wines (and new discoveries), these are a few that will most likely sell out long before they reach our shelves. So disregard the frigid temps and think of warm spring and summer afternoons, sipping a glass or two of lovely dry rose wine and be sure not to miss out on the best of the best! This is a pre-arrival offer, wines arrive between April and July.
Cheers! Chris Cree, MW
Tasted and Approved
Did you know we taste and approve every wine we sell? The only exceptions being the very few extremely rare and expensive wines of exeptioinal reputation and pedigree that we may only get a few bottles. What that means to our clients is that we stand behind every singe wine in the shop. Not many retailers can make that claim, as their strategy is broader based, carrying a range of products based on various criteria including incentives and critical reviews & scores. A long time ago I made a decision that I wanted to sell wine a different way, and part of that decision was tasting, knowing and feeling strongly about the merits of every wine I sold. I would never outsource that most important facet to any outside agency, and never have. It is why so many of you have commented over the years that "we have never had a wine we didn't like" from you shop, which is the best compliment I can think of! However, selecting the wines is only half the battle - matching the wide and diverse range of styles and price point in the shop to your specific needs is even more important, and that is where our having an intimate knowledge of all of our wines can help us find the perfect wine for your tastes, budget and occasion.
Selection is all about authenticity: Is it a great example of its genre, region, terroir and grape varieties? Is it priced fairly? Organics and sustainable farming practices enter into the equation, but are not the only factors. Small and natural don't always equal "good" wine, although almost all of our growers are organic or practicing some form of sustainable/natural farming because it produces healthy grapes.
Our Cellar Defenders™ are affordable, delicious wines to drink everyday while you wait for the gems in your cellar to mature (and to keep guests, friends and family away from your stock of aging classics!) Personally selected with the same care and attention to quality and their higher priced counterparts, and we spend more time and get as big a thrill) in finding these deliciously affordable gems as we do our cellar worthy gems. Search the site by price and region or grape variety to see our listing of great, affordable everyday wines - Cheers!
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