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These 11 restaurants are pairing Vins de Provence wine with their food this fall

Looking for a touch of French class? These restaurant dishes and rosé wine pairings should hit the spot

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Vins de Provence
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Vins de Provence (Wines of Provence), now where have you read that before? On a lovely bottle of rosé, that’s where. It’s in the south of France, a good wine country, and it’s where France's first vineyard was planted around 2,600 years ago – in a vast, sun-drenched region perfect for growing incredible rosé. Naturally the grapes are still growing strong there today, and there’s a whole lot of history and expertise. You’ll see it marked on the bottle with one of three AOPs (Appellation d'Origine Protégée, or protected designation of origin): Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence.

Of course, you could fly over there sometime. You could recline and lap up that nice south-Eastern French Mediterranean climate and sample the goods: seafood, wine, cheese, wine, bread, wine and uh… wine. But you can also bring Provence to you – there’s no shortage of good provençal corkage in the US. The region is about to make that fact a whole lot easier to access for you.

This fall, Vins de Provence is partnering with some great restaurants across New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Vermont and California in order to pair each bottle (by the glass, so you don’t need to drink an entire bottle!) to an equally delicious meal. If you’re looking for some mind-bending examples of how wine and food can elevate each other, these places (and pairings) will be well worth a visit. All of the wines come from one of the three appellations (that’s the legally determined and protected wine region) the vineyard is grown on. 

Château de Berne Inspiration 2020, AOC Côtes de Provence is a rosé from deep in the south French countryside. While it's an inland wine, this contrast works perfectly with seafood. So, the fact that The Wilson is serving it up with half a grilled lobster, frites, and beurre blanc is pretty much the perfect way to experience it.

Clos Saint-Joseph, 2019, AOC Côtes de Provence rosé is crafted in the Alpine region of Provence, made using natural yeasts. The result? A gentle rosé that blends both delicate fruit and a salty finish. If that means little to you, know this much – it’ll work a treat with nice red meats and tomato sauces. Nice-Matin’s short rib cannelloni baked in a provençal tomato sauce is a prime example. 

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Clos Sainte Magdeleine 2020, AOC Côtes de Provence is a really bright and salmon-pink looking rosé, with a good structure to help it stand up well to light provençale cooking. Marseille’s Petite Bouillabaisse (the dish itself is a southern French classic) will showcase that in spades.

Château Routas 2020, AOC Coteaux de Varois en Provence is another lively Rosé suited to poultry, vegetables and shellfish. A perfect middle ground to pair it with then, is delicate meaty codfish, cooked provençal with a grand aioli and vegetables, for good measure.

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Domaine La Bernarde Cuvée Les Hauts du Luc Rosé 2020, AOC Côtes de Provence is a more mineral rosé, tasting floral and grassy with some citrus in there too. Those dainty flavors will work up a storm with Contento’s Ceviche Clásico, containing corn, onion, cilantro, sweet potato, and leche de tigre.

The Domaine Saint Mitre 2020, AOC Coteaux Varois en Provence is a crisp and dry rosé meaning it’ll cut through light fats a dream. That can only mean one thing is for dinner: Tuna Tartare. With guacamole and chips, because you deserve it.

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The Whispering Angel 2020 Cave D’Esclans, AOC Côtes de Provence isn’t exactly as the name suggests. As far as rosé goes, this is a loud glass bursting with currants and herbs. Meaning it’ll smash through some crispy zucchini blossom and add some to the roasted tomato that form Adorn’s simple, tasteful dish.

Visiting Vermont or California?

California
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California

Mentone

Aptos, California

The wine: Sulauze "Pomponette" Rosé 2020, AOC Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence.

The dish: Tarte de Mentone, a pissaladiere with caramelized onion, anchovies, olives on their house-made “focaccia style” crust.

Caruso's at The Rosewood Miramar Beach

Montecito, California

The wine: Château de Berne Rosé “Inspiration” 2020, AOC Côtes de Provence.

The dish: Charred Pacific Octopus e Fagioli, Cannelini Crema, Borlotti, Potato, Chicharrones, Absinthe.

Vermont
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Vermont

Wildflower Restaurant & Bar

Stowe, Vermont

The wine: Bieler Pére et Fils, Sabine Rosé 2020, AOC Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence.

The dish: Roasted Chicken Brined in Caribbean herbs and spices, served with Maduros and Sauteed Kale.

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