Old World Wines: Rosé from Côtes de Provence

Côtes de Provence Rosé

Côtes de Provence Rosé

To pair with our leftover bifteki burgers, we opted to try another rosé we bought at random while grocery shopping.  Since we are basically limited in our wine options here on the island, we chose several rosés to pair with our pork dishes.  Rosés are the main wine that come from the Côtes de Provence region.  It is believed that 50% of the rosé wine made in France comes from the Côtes de Provence area, which is located on the French Riviera.  The rosés from this region tend to be more dry and fruit forward.  I could not really find much information about the winery but this was definitely a decent choice for just an every day drinking wine.

Old World Wines: Monmousseau 2004 Rose D’Anjou

2004 Monmousseau Rose D'Anjou

2004 Monmousseau Rose D'Anjou

Monmousseau is from the western part of the Loire Valley in France, near the city of Angers.  Monmousseau Vineyards produce a number of European varietals and honestly, I did not know anything about them really prior to purchasing this wine.  Although we are big red fans, a nice rose with the right meal is the perfect touch sometimes.  Since I could not get the wines I was hoping for in Taiwan, I opted to just pick a couple from our local wine store.

Since we were serving the Bifteki (Greek Hamburger) and I was making ours with pork, a rose seemed to be a good choice.  The Monmousseau Rose is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Groulleau.  It is known for being semi-sweet, lighter alcoholic content, and very fruit forward (the winemaker notes aromas of strawberry and cherry Twizzler).  Recommended pairings include poultry, white meat, and typically picnic type foods – this is more a traditional summer wine.

Overall, I would say it stood up to our meal, even with the strong feta cheese component.  It had a nice fruity touch, seemed to balance the acidity in the tomatoes from the Greek salad.

Pairing: Pork Bifteki, potatoes & a Greek Salad

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