Wine of the Week: Chateau Miravel Cotes de Provence Rose 2015 - $19.98
Dwight Casimere | 4/6/2017, 11 a.m.
Spring is the perfect time of year to image yourself walking along banks of the Loire River and heading to a little, out of the way chateau to enjoy a glass of the crisp, cool elegant dry Rose wines that the French have been enjoying in this storied region in the South of France for centuries. Millennials have been driving the wine market toward these delightful 'blush' wines for almost the past decade because of their versatility, easy drinkability and affordability. Perfect with exotic and ethnic foods, vegetarian dishes, spicy foods or a myriad of soft, creamy cheeses, they are the perfect wines to pair with a spring buffet or light brunch. On the outdoor grill, get adventurous with some grilled giant asparagus or char grilled Romaine lettuce spears. Chateau Miravel Cotes de Provence Rose 2015 ($19.98). The wine is dry, yet it bursts with fruit flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries. There's a nice, mineral finish that belies the rich clay soil of the region. Unlike many American rose wines that contain a lot of residual sugar, Loire Valley roses are bone dry, making them perfect with a meal. The Loire Valley is considered the "Garden of France" with its picturesque hillsides and more than a thousand chateaus dotting the hillside. They date back to Medieval times, when they served as feudal strongholds. Today, most are privately owned and many have been turned into tourism attractions and bed and breakfast lodgings. For just under $20, you can take yourself on an imaginary trip to this storied region.