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Wine: 2015 J.L. Quinson Rose 

Cotes de Provence, France

Retail $8

Rose wine initially made its mark in southern France, but in the last decade its popularity has tripled throughout the country. One of France's largest wineries, J.L. Quinson, makes inexpensive to premium wines in the Provence, Rhone and Bordeaux regions. This wine is from the Quinson facility in the Cotes de Provence AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protegee). The region is well-suited to vine cultivation due to its mild winters and warm summers, and with little rainfall, vineyards receive more than 3,000 hours of sunlight per year, more than twice the amount necessary to fully ripen grapes. The wine is an even blend of grenache and cinsault. In the cellar, the juice gets limited exposure to grape skins, which preserves the core qualities of the fruit but reduces tannins and the alcohol level. In the glass, the wine offers delicate scents of strawberry, orange peel and floral notes. On the palate, taste melon, stone fruit, bright red cherry and berries. It has good acidity and minerality. Drink it with caprese salad, sausages, cured meats, roasted vegetables, grilled cheese sandwiches, barbecue, eggs Sardou and bouillabaisse. Buy it at: Trader Joe's.

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