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WINE CLUB Varietal of the Month: Rosé Wine

Miraval Rose Cotes de ProvenceWhen it comes to Rosé wine, many confuse it with some sweet counterparts – white zinfandel and blush – but a true Rosé is entirely different.

In technical terms Rosé is a dry wine made from red wine grapes that receive limited contact with the grape skins. In winemaking, the grape skins are what give red wine it’s color.

Rosé can vary in color from very light coral to almost red depending on the exposure to the grape skins. Some refer to Rosé as blush because they’ve received a blush of color, but the correct term would be Rosé. The term blush actually refers to sweeter pink wines like white zinfandel or white merlot.

Rosé is released in spring and available in limited quantities. Produced from the previous year’s vintage, they are aged for only six months. They are young wines designed to drink within a year of purchase.

The limited release is because the grapes used are primarily grown to make red wine. Many are blends of multiple grape varietals the winery has left on the vine after picking what they need for making red wine.

Featured Wine: Miraval Rose Cotes de Provence
Pale, petal-pink color, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline finish.

Created from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle grapes, the fruit is harvested exclusively in the morning and sorted twice. Destemming occurs and then 95% of the wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, while 5% goes into barrels to be blended later.

The Miraval estate is located in Provence and was purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2008. Despite their divorce, they plan to keep the estate as an investment for their family and continue wine production. The wine is produced from estate grown grapes by the esteemed winemaking family, Perrine. Known for some of the finest wines in France, the Perrines have been making wine for 5 generations.

Miraval’s first release in 2013 sold out in 10 minutes in France. Although the wine’s popularity began because of the Jolie-Pitt star power, it has since won many awards and is acclaimed as a serious terroir-driven wine that exemplifies a classically built Provencal rose.

“Fresh, incisive aromas of orange zest, redcurrant and white flowers, with hints of honey and lavender in the background. Silky and light on its feet, offering intense red berry and citrus fruit flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Packs a solid punch but comes off as lithe and precise, with excellent finishing cut and floral persistence.” Wine Advocate Wine Critic, Antonio Galloni

Food Pairings:
Rosés are very versatile wines and pair well with many types of food. It really shines next to fish, but can also compliment grilled meats and vegetables, pasta with a light sauce or a number of different Asian or spicy foods.

Shrimp Cocktail with Mango-Avocado Salsa

For the shrimp:
16 shrimp (16/20 count, raw, peeled deveined)
1 cup pineapple juice
2 cups water
1 tablespoon sriracha
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the salsa:
1 cup FRESH mango salsa
1 lime
1/2 avocado, cubed

In a saucepan combine the pineapple juice, water, sriracha and salt. Bring to a simmer. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and tails are curled. Remove the shrimp from the liquid and refrigerate to chill completely.

To make the salsa, in a bowl combine the mango salsa, lime juice and avocado. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if necessary. Chill for 1 hour.

To serve, divide the salsa into 4 glass bowls or ramekins. Hang 4 shrimp on the side of each bowl or stack on top of the salsa. Serve with tortilla chips on the side. Makes 4 shrimp cocktails.

Serves 4

Calories per Serving : 205, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 185 mg, Sodium: 538 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 21 g

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