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  1. Wine for Easter 2016: Chateau de La Clapiere 2011 Provence Rouge Violette

    Wines for Easter

    Some years it helps to offer a selection of wines to write about for Easter because of the variety and complexity of the foods offered during this holiday weekend.

    This year I’ve decided to focus on only one wine and one main course for Easter dinner.  It’s no secret that I love bold red wines from the France, particularly from the Southern regions. Such a wine is Chateau de La Clapiere 2011 Provence Rouge Violette.  This delicious yet reasonably priced red blend is comprised of 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 15% Carignan.  Malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months in concrete tanks helps to give this wine a distinct long lasting richness and smooth tannins. The color is a deep ruby and there is a strong aroma of cherry and red raspberry preserves with highlights of honey, licorice and other spices. The Provence Rouge is full bodied, round and delightfully rich tasting.

    The wine is named after producer M.Henri Fabre’s great-grandmother

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  2. Great Wines for Under $10: Chateau L’ermitage Rose 2011

    We are back to the French wines this week for a very good reason; it’s extremely hot out and it is time for a refreshing alternative to white wine that will make the most ardent red lovers happy as well. What better than a French Rose? This is not your grandma’s Rose, nor your grandaughter’s for that matter. This wine is not sweet. It is quite dry but delightfully refreshing.

    The Chateau L’ermitage Rose 2011 is a medium light color, similar to watermelon where it meets the white edges. The nose has ripe peach and faint melon scents. Light strawberry and raspberry is prominent thanks to the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes that make up this delicate Rhone Rose. There isn’t a smidgen of sweetness in this wine, but it is so crisp and fresh tasting that it makes a terrific wine to beat the heat.

    Have this Rose with a blackened salmon Caesar salad. A perfect summer lunch!

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  3. And Then Came the Last Days of May...

    It seems as though warm weather is upon us early and with tomorrow it will already be June. Thankfully, we have been blessed by our suppliers in ensuring that the 2011 vintage of dry rosés have arrived early, and are ready for mass consumption.

    Old favorites like Tres Ojos (Spain), Chateau L’Ermitage (France) and La Vieille Ferme (France) are back as well as new wines from places such as Oregon, Austria, and Italy. The Dollar Sale has also begun, and the Delatour Grenache rosé is back at a great price; only $6.00 per bottle when you buy two. I should also add that we still have a good supply of Tavel rosé from 2010 that are on sale and still drinking great. These wines are all perfectly dry, so don’t let the pink color fool you. I think you’ll find they perfectly compliment a lot of warm-weather picnic fare. Please ask for a recommendation next time you stop in.

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