"French Week Miami" continues with an apéritif and a dinner designed for rosé

As part of the "French Week Miami" 2012, the Wine-maker Paul Chevalier invites you to enjoy the rosé wines of Château d’Esclans, located in the heart of Provence. Set up during the evening on November 14th, the diner will be exclusively paired with rosé wines, a culinary journey that Mr. Chevalier explains here.


  • e-Toile: Hello Paul Chevalier; can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Paul Chevalier: After my wine-making training, I spent the first part of my career developing wines in different regions of France: Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin in Reims, Maison Louis Latour in Bourgogne and Château Margaux in Bordeaux, among others.

Then, I traveled extensively to promote French wines. Today, I am based in Miami and my job is to introduce new brands of wine to the U.S. market.

  • e-Toile: On November 14th, in collaboration with the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami and as part of the 5th edition of «French Week Miami» you are organizing an oenological meeting at the famous restaurant, Villa Azur, in Miami Beach. What is it?

Paul Chevalier: We will begin with a tasting during an "aperitif" of the famous "Whispering Angel" Rosé of Château d’Esclans.

We will continue with a dinner with dishes pairing perfectly the rosé wines of the Château.

We will finish with my personal favorite, "Sangue d’Oro", the wine of the French actress and wine-maker, Carole Bouquet.

  • e-Toile: Chateau d’Esclans, the great "protagonist" of the evening, enjoys a long and successful history, which is rooted in the Gallo-Roman period. Can you briefly describe it to us so that we may locate the Château on the map of France?

Paul Chevalier: Chateau d’Esclans is located in the hills, 20 miles north of St Tropez. It stands in the heart of Provence, the world’s capital of rosé. The vineyards surrounding the property are almost more than 100 years old, which gives the wine its exceptional quality.

  • e-Toile: The wine and grapes needed for making rosé wine still remain a mystery to many. Can you explain, in general, how it is made and how a rosé wine is created?

Paul Chevalier: The predominant grape of the region is Grenache.
It is is the same variety of grape found in Chateauneuf-Du-Pape in the Rhone Valley. The main factor in determining the success and quality of a rosé is based on controlling the amount of time the juice makes contact with the grape skin. The rosés of Provence that are the most popular today are those whose color is more pale, because they are the most exquisite in the mouth. A Chateau d’Esclans’ contact time does not exceed a few hours.

  • e-Toile: In recent years rosé wine has become quite popular. How do you explain this craze?

Paul Chevalier: Rosé wine has a mirror image of a festive and friendly atmosphere ; its easy to drink appearance has largely contributed to its succes as well as the international popularity of visiting the French Riviera during the summer, where rosé is king.

Events to be held on November 14th:

  • Wine tasting :

Date: November 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location : Villa Azur, 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel : (305) 763-8688

  • Dinner

Date: November 14th begining at 8:30 p.m.
Location : Villa Azur, 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel : (305) 763-8688


For more info regarding the events of "French Week Miami"*, please visit http://www.frenchweekmiami.org/

*French Week Miami was founded by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami and is organized in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Miami.

Last modified on 08/11/2012

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