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La Vie en Rosé
‘Il me parle tout bas. Je vois la vie en rose’.
So, technically-technically-it is still 25 more days until the Spring Equinox. But walk outside. Look at the swollen buds on the trees. Enjoy the warmer, brighter noonday sun. Feel the softness in the air. Spring is on the way.
Here at the store, we have our own signs of spring: fresher, lighter offerings to go with warmer weather. And rosé. Definitely, always rosé.
Last week, the 2019’s started to arrive, with the delicious Tormarescu Calafuria leading the way. But this week…this week, THAT rosé is arriving-the one that people buy by the case, hoard, and mourn when it’s gone. This week, we’ll get La Vie en Rose, the slightly fizzy, just-barely-off-dry wonder in a bottle. Everyone loves La Vie en Rose.
This obsession actually started with a different wine, similarly fizzy and with a tinge of sweetness. We sold oceans of that wine, and then one year: phht! The winemaker stopped making it. And although we put out an emergency call to all our suppliers, it took us nearly 2 years to replace that wine. In the meantime, we tasted dozens of candidates. Some were awful. Some were ‘meh’. Many were perfectly fine, but just not ‘right’. But then we found La Vie en Rose. Ahhh….that’s what we were looking for!
Named after the song made famous by Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose is 100% Grolleau, made lightly fizzy but not fully sparkling. It’s made in a style that’s just off-dry-fruity rather than truly sweet, and tasting like a strawberry rhubarb pie minus the extra sugar. It is, simply, delicious. And though it is tailor-made for spring and summer evenings, I personally will be cracking a bottle as soon as it arrives. I can totally pretend it’s spring.
La Vie en Rose translates-roughly-as ‘looking at life through rose colored glasses’. Make my glass rosé, please? And I only need one.