When I say this rosé is the Pitts, I don’t mean that in a derogatory way at all. Rather I mean that it is the rosé from Chateau Miraval Winery, located in the heart of Côtes de Provence, France. The winery is owned by the Perrin family and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (soon to be ex’s) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This beautiful bottle with a punt in the bottom immediately caught my eye and the $27 price tag seemed worth the gamble. I was not disappointed…blend of Cinsaut and Grenache grapes resulting in a lovely pale pink wine. This is exactly what I expect a rosé to taste like…a touch of strawberry followed by a tiny bit of lemon, crisp, dry and elegant. Miraval Rosé was named the “best rosé in the world” by Wine Spectator in March, 2013: source: http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/09/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-divorce-miraval-rose.
I recognize that I am probably “paying up” for this wine since it is associated with Brad and Angelina (and I’m glad I bought it before they divorce and the wine’s “Hollywood Halo” fades). It is in one of the prettiest rosé wine bottles, so it would make a nice hostess gift.
As I was exploring the Chateau Miraval Winery website I pondered…what is the difference between a winery and a vineyard?
A vineyard is the land where the grapes are grown.
A winery is the facility where the grapes are processed and blended to become wine.
The vineyard and the winery do not necessarily have to be in the same place. The winery may purchase grapes from another vineyard to complete their compliment of grapes that makes up their wine. When the wine has the vineyard listed on the label then it must have the winery and vineyard in the same place, but if the wine is labeled as “from a winery” then the winery and vineyard are not in the same place.
Chateau Miraval Winery does purchase grapes from other estates to round out their grape blend to create. By the way…Brangelina were married at this chateau and their wedding wines were exclusively Miraval Winery wines.
Just for fun…a photo I took of the design on my nephew’s shirt. His adorable girlfriend gave him the shirt for Christmas…for a guy who loves to golf, what better design than Santa playing golf?!
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