Rosé wines have long been misunderstood and it’s time to give them their due. The best examples can hold their own very well and need no apology. In Provence, for example, grapes intended for rosé will only make rosé and great care is taken in their making. Rosalyne Gavoty of Domaine Gavoty an inland estate in Provence states categorically that rosé is not a dustbin for red wines. It is a wine in its own right. Tasting wines from Provence at the French Embassy in New Delhi.
The Economic Department of the French Embassy in India recently accompanied a delegation of wine producers from the region of Provence in the South of France and conducted Wine Tastings to introduce three world-class wine producers: They were:
Domaine de Nalys (Ms Isabelle OGIER)
Château des Chaberts (Ms Betty Anne CUNDALL)
Chateau de Saint-Cosme (Ms Joëlle Marty Javelle)
I learned recently that a research centre has been set up in Provence specifically for rosés run by Nathalie Pouzalgues. Read more about the rosy wines of Provence in an article by Rosemary George MW in the next issue of SI, March/April 2009. (On the stands in the first week of March).
India produces pink wines, too, but they are by no means at the top of the totem pole. Still, our rosy wines are eminently suitable for the Valentine season and easily available. Try one from your favourite producer – Grover’s Shiraz rosé, Indage Vintners Chantilli rosé made from white zinfandel grapes or Sula’s Blush Zinfandel, not forgetting Nine Hills’ Shiraz rosé and Bouvet’s bright cherry, semi-dry sparkler, Rubis Demi-Sec. Zampa’s rosé recently introduced to members of Delhi’s Wine Society at a Wine Dinner at the Shangri La Hotel, was much appreciated as an apéritif.