By Katie-Bird Brupbacher on
5/1/2009 10:03 AM
Southern France has long been a draw for artists and the jet set. Vincent Van Gogh painted “Starry Night” there, Cezanne was stirred to paint the awe-inspiring “Mont Sainte-Victoire” and Brigitte Bardot hung out in Saint-Tropez, popularizing the French Riviera for males who maybe didn’t know anything about art, but did know what they liked. With its beautiful terrain coupled with the sunny weather – who wouldn’t want to be there? Today it is attracting wine lovers as well. Producers have moved beyond making over-produced, cheap Rosés to making serious wines with lots of character.
I recently had the privilege of being invited to a wine-tasting trip to Provence, focusing on Rose wines. My first thought was, “How can you put together a week-long trip focusing on only one type of wine?” I knew that Rosé wines were rapidly growing in popularity in the United States, but shouldn’t we be looking at some reds and whites on the trip too? Boy was I wrong. There was so much to see and learn … so much passion...
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