What a great day for everything to come up roses in Houston!
Strong as the Mistral winds of Provence, a whole slew of French winemakers and vineyard representatives blew through Houston last Thursday and left behind a rose garden of their top rosé wines. It was all part of the “Provence in the City” multi-city tour (#PITC16 or #SimplyProvence for event highlights). What a pleasure to meet each of them and learn about generations — and in some cases, centuries — of family presence in the region’s wine, grape growing, and traditional winemaking technique.
Along with Houston-based wine professionals, sommeliers, and a few other fabulous Houston wine bloggers (shout out to Amy Gross and Sandra Crittenden), I wholehearted enjoyed tasting more than 50 wines, including Provence’s specialty: rosé.
Incredibly, Provence is the oldest wine-growing region in France, and apparently rosé is the first known wine to ever be produced some 26 centuries ago. WOW! Well, I’m not the only wine buff enjoying these pink colored gems: for the past 12 years, exports of rosé wines from Provence to the U.S. have had double-digit growth. Check out Wines of Provence online, on Twitter, and on Instagram!