Review: Baron François “La vie en Rose” rosé wine tasting Mon Feb 8, 2016

Event: Baron François Ltd. presents La Vie en Rose, in-store rosé wine tasting and pre-sale.

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“Looks pink!” Spirikal ponders the essence of rosé.

Spirikal’s bottom line:  It’s incredible to think how many kinds of rosé you can sample in the span of an hour or two.

One of the few that I recognized. Provence just sort of screams "Drink me!"

One of the few that I recognized. Provence just sort of screams “Drink me!”

I really admire the passion and knowledge of the staff at Baron François on all things wine. They guided me though the selection and offered ideas of pairings and how to serve.

Le pays d'Oc has got some ridiculously delicious wines. This gets my vote for the most-unusual-but-really -works wine on the table.

Le pays d’Oc has got some ridiculously delicious wines. This gets my vote for the most-unusual-but-really -works wine on the table.

And although I’m not a restauranteur nor a wine merchant, I learned a lot more about the complexities of rosé wine than I had anticipated. After this tasting, I think these wines have their place amongst the best reds and whites.

Review:  This was new terrain for me.  First because I knew little of rosé except for a couple that I liked and second I’d never been to BF Ltd who generally caters to those in the industry.

Sancerre: Slightly tart with clean finish. I really loved this

Sancerre: Slightly tart with clean finish. I really loved this.

If you’re a wine distributor or work the restaurant business, Baron François is probably already on your wine-dar,  which explains their slight bewilderment when Spirikal, Metronaut extraordinaire turned up, armed with a wine glass.

My first encounter with a Malbec rosé.

BFF My first encounter with a Malbec rosé.

When confronting something new and out of my comfort zone, I always think of my favorite line in Casablanca,  ‘we know very little and understand little even less’.

Score one for the Italians!

Score one for the Italians!

I only thought rosé could only be dry, slightly spicy or sweet, either from Italy or Provence, but I never new how many regions in France and Western Europe who produce the stuff. Each one unique and offered something new.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

My favorites by far were from Provence and Loire (the Sancerre), but I discovered a Malbec rosé and one from the Languedoc (one of the most underrated wine-producing regions in France).

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A bowlful of love. Promotion on some unknown wines

 Both challeged my palate in ways I didn’t expect but finished with a clean pure flavor of rosé before disappearing completely from the taste buds. Glamourizing ? Perhaps, but you would too after this tasting. Be sure to sample some of these when they’re available in the spring.

Spirikal

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