Ode to the Rose Wine Program at
The Wine Bar and Provence
On June 1, 2018, Chef Jean-francis Quaglia and Wine Director Joshua Carlson launched a rosé wine program at and The Wine Bar and Provence offering 46 rosés, bringing the total amount of wines being offered by the glass to 240 which is the largest number in any restaurant or wine bar in North America. And 13 of the rosés are sparkling wines including six Champagnes, two Lambruscos, two Crémants plus Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose NV (Calistoga, California) and Joie Farm Plein de Vie 2016 (Naramata). After tasting more than six rosé wines, apparently, one of the side effects is a wine inspired Ode to Rosé Wines poem as follows:
Oh how I love Rosé wine’s dry notes of fruit divine
which revives me after an overly sweet ice wine
I’ll never find you in a cellar with Cabs that taste like oak
Because for a short time your red wine skins will soak
to produce vibrant acidity that dances upon my lips
made from varieties I can’t pronounce after many sips –
Grenache, Pinor Noir, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre or Syrah,
If you can pronounce them after a bottle, I’d shout hurrah
Created in 7000 B.C., you’re been around longer than red and whites
from Pheoceans who travelled from Turkey to Marseille in oh so many nights
In the summertime, I’ll pair thee with charcuterie and cheese
and enjoy them on the patios of Provence or The Wine Bar as I please
Rosés like Mission Hill Estate Pinot Noir, Dirty Laundry Hush
or Orofino Pozza Cabernet Franc give me such a rush
when I discover that every Sunday the price of rosés are 25% less
And now every 46 rosé wines on the list is my mission to test
So a glass or two of rosé wine with me you’ll have to drink
And watch while my cheeks turn a matching shade of pink!
Rosé Wine Recommendations
Please note that at the launch event of the Rosé Wine Program at Provence and The Wine Bar, I did not taste all the rosé wines on the wine menu. So the following are just my recommendations from the ones I liked at the launch event and note that because I call myself the Wine Sweetie, I prefer my wines to not necessarily be too sweet, but to be more fruit forward.
Picture yourself on a beach with a picnic basket of chocolate covered strawberries, oysters, caviar and a bottle of Dirty Laundry ‘Hush’ Rosé (BC) which has lovely aromas of bright red cherries and juicy notes of strawberries and red currants coupled with vibrant acidity, all of which makes me swoon with pleasure. And then a hummingbird appears and lands on your glass of wine and proceeds to take a drink. Splat! You’re dead Fred, because nobody touches my Dirty Laundry Hush Rosé. Absolutely nobody. During Tappy Hour (daily 3-5pm at The Wine Bar) Hush is $5 a glass.
What do you pair with a dry wine like Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Meunier Rosé 2017 which greets you with aromas of watermelon and amazes you with its tart notes of red raspberries and then leaves you satisfied with its overabundance of lime zest on the finish? Why, dry English humour featured in British comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf or Black Adder. But be forewarned, the consumption of dry wines while watching dry British comedies on a first date may result in wine projectiles which could eventually lead to spinsterhood.
What is your mission when you drink Mission Hill Family Estate Rosé (BC)? Mine is to simply forget all my worries and my cares such as how to pay for my $700 Jimmy Choo shoes, the fact that my 10 kids haven’t eaten for two days because the dirty rotten scoundrel ex is late on his child support payments, what items in my clothing make me look like a nun so that my oversexed boss won’t talk to my boobs…. But when the aromas of red currants take my nostrils hostage and sweet strawberries tickle my wine palate, well my only mission is to remember what time the wine store closes because this low acidic wine is so easy to drink that I wish they sold it in kegs.
The Pinot Noir based Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Rosé (BC) wine tells a tale of three pieces of fruit who got together in a wine bar to decide to create the perfect rosé wine. And so the strawberry said “I smell the best so I’ll be the aroma that greets the wine drinker”, while the cherry said, “My luscious flavours will bring bright berry notes” and lastly, the pink grapefruit said “I’m what you need for bright acidity.”. I’d like to say they lived happily ever, but a bottle of Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Rosé on the shelf rarely stays unopened for long. During Tappy Hour (daily 3-5pm at The Wine Bar), it’s $9 a glass.
How do I love thee, let me count the ways. I love thee when I’m lying in my chaise lounge eating caviar from a Bulga whale named Ralpael while your perfume of soft strawberries wafts in the air and delicate notes of bright red forest berries and lemon zest dance a seductive tango on my taste buds. Orofino Pozza Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé is just one of many dry fruit forward rosés available by the glass at Provence Marinaside or The Wine Bar and all rosés are 25% off on Sundays.