In Terms of Pink

2006 La Ferme Blanche from CassisWhite has certainly ruined many opportunities for roses in the United States. Slowly they are appearing in restaurants and at bars, yet, it is only the brave that are drinking this pink sensation. The rest of us, myself included until recently, don’t want people to believe that we might be drinking White . In reality, the only person that will care, and should care, what you are drinking is you, unless someone else is buying your drink, but that is more geared for the topic of economics, which I won’t be covering here.

I was recently at a wine bar in with friends for dinner. When it came time to order our wine, I was looking at the reds, and by accident I ordered a Cotes-du-Provence thinking it was red. The server came back with our drinks. We had a rainbow of wines sitting on our table, one ordered white, another red, and apparently I ordered a rosé. A bit reluctant at first, I considered sending it back, but quickly remembered the French customer service policy…

I should take the time here to fill you in on the astonishing practice of the French customer service. In France, as with most of Europe, tips are included because the servers and bartenders are receiving hourly wages. Without having to worry about tips you can be a bit more honest with your customers, I guess. The French take it one extra step; they are never wrong, even when they are wrong actually they are not. In the U.S. it’s the customer is always right, well in France the customer is always wrong.

In my situation I was wrong, but why annoy my server because she did smile when I ordered, there must be something good here. In turn, I accepted my fault and drank the wine. There are some mistakes in life worth making. I never knew springtime could be more enjoyable until I started drinking rosés. I later learned that in Paris it’s hip to drink pink. There is nothing like getting the seal of approval from your server when ordering a wine, for me at least, I’m more excited. That smile I received was her way of telling me that I would not regret my decision.

Rosés are made in every region in France, but the South is more known for their winsome, approachable wines, in particular Provence. I am drinking a 2006 La Ferme Blanche from Cassis. The color on it is an orange pink, it is young, but generally best drank that way. On the nose is a slight tangerine and apricot fruit profile. Here is a good example of a rosé; it’s light, dry, not complex, well balanced and extremely enjoyable. The only way I can think to describe what I’m experiencing on my palate is lifesavers. This wine is the white lifesaver. There is flavor there, but it’s not as strong as the orange, green, or red. The white lifesaver is the subtle flavor; it doesn’t over power. I have had rosés with fish dishes, as well as meat dishes, though I would stay away from heavier meats.

While I write this I feel the urge to go to a restaurant by the water and order up a dozen oysters. Seeing that I’m in Paris, perhaps I’ll just take the rest of this bottle down to the Seine, have a , and watch the sunset. This is a perfect springtime and summer wine and a great way to .

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  • http://www.tastevine.com Ruarri

    too true Meghan – White Zinfandel has done for blush wines, what Paris Hilton has done for ‘Paris’ – in that its made something trashy and tasteless synonymous for one which in reality is refined and elegant. Its always interesting to see how very characteristic reds stand up to blush – and one can often understand a red better, if one samples the variety as a blush wine, as all the tannins are removed, but some fundamentail characteristics remain the same (for instance Pinotage Rose, which keeps the lush fruitiness of Pinotage in blush form – but when served ice-cold, makes Pinotage accessible in the summer.) It sometimes take making a mistake to stumble upon good fortune… I think that Rose has a ways to go in the US – but perhaps you could change that in the Hamptons over the summer! Enjoy your last weeks in Paris!

  • http://www.tastevine.com Ruarri

    too true Meghan – White Zinfandel has done for blush wines, what Paris Hilton has done for ‘Paris’ – in that its made something trashy and tasteless synonymous for one which in reality is refined and elegant. Its always interesting to see how very characteristic reds stand up to blush – and one can often understand a red better, if one samples the variety as a blush wine, as all the tannins are removed, but some fundamentail characteristics remain the same (for instance Pinotage Rose, which keeps the lush fruitiness of Pinotage in blush form – but when served ice-cold, makes Pinotage accessible in the summer.) It sometimes take making a mistake to stumble upon good fortune… I think that Rose has a ways to go in the US – but perhaps you could change that in the Hamptons over the summer! Enjoy your last weeks in Paris!

  • Greg

    ya, i think that roses and sparkling blush can take off in the US — you’ll probably see it more as a party drink than something you savor with a nice meal — i can see it now, the toga wrapped frat boys chuggin down some pink rose after an intense game of beer… or better yet pink-pong. lolol, i know, im ridiculous

    meghan, looking forward to more wine-your-diet posts from New York! the Hamptons huh?

  • Greg

    ya, i think that roses and sparkling blush can take off in the US — you’ll probably see it more as a party drink than something you savor with a nice meal — i can see it now, the toga wrapped frat boys chuggin down some pink rose after an intense game of beer… or better yet pink-pong. lolol, i know, im ridiculous

    meghan, looking forward to more wine-your-diet posts from New York! the Hamptons huh?

  • Meghan

    Greg, I’ll have to admit I’m enjoying the idea of frat boys slamming back roses during a competitive game of pink-pong. Let’s see how we can get that going.

    Thanks Ruarri, the weather is perfect here in Paris. It’s making it hard to leave, but the Hamptons I imagine will be enjoyable weather as well.

  • Meghan

    Greg, I’ll have to admit I’m enjoying the idea of frat boys slamming back roses during a competitive game of pink-pong. Let’s see how we can get that going.

    Thanks Ruarri, the weather is perfect here in Paris. It’s making it hard to leave, but the Hamptons I imagine will be enjoyable weather as well.

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