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what is the drink to have in cannes?

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what is the drink to have in cannes?

Hello,

we are going to be in Cannes for 2 weeks in July/Aug. I was wondering if there is a local wine, rose, prosecco that is a must have?? We want to experience all of the local "to dos" so if you have any suggestions please share!!!

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31. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

I'm a pretty happy person when I have a glass of wine in front of me, and I've not been disappointed with any of the Provence roses I tried. I like wine, and I'm a pretty congenial person about deciding if I can continue to drink the vintage in front of me. ;-) However, I have noticed varying tastes and color in the Provence roses, and right now, it's a crap shoot when I buy a rose at a market. Once I find a flavor I like, I usually buy it a again, but does anyone have any comments on how the different hues (pink/pink to melon shades; darker/lighter) might be an indicator of a flavor's direction?

I know there are going to be specific label recommendations that can be found in wine shops, both at home and abroad, but when you are standing in front of shelf at the Casino Super Market or Monoprix, looking at rows of bottles, several of whom are produced in smaller regional wineries that may not have recognition to travelers outside the Cote d'Azur, which one do you choose if you want a drier wine, a sweeter flavor or whatever. I'm thinking that the blending of the different grapes mentioned earlier might make a difference in the color of the wine and thereby, the flavor, and having visited vineyards in CA and Italy, I know temperature and moisture makes a huge difference in the harvesting of a grape. That's an issue for when you want a fine bottle, but in general terms, does any one have a suggestion on how to select from a shelf of unknown vineyards when you just want to bring a bottle back to your hotel room or apartment? I know that replies to this question can not be absolute because there are a number of variables, but give it try!

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32. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

Anna...the Pinot's from the Willamette Valley in Oregon are generally brilliant as I am sure that you know.

troggs...good question, but a tough one to answer.

Wine making in France is regulated by region or AOC. "Appellation d'Origine Controlee" There are about 500 AOC'a around France. They control the the types of grapes used and winemaking methods.

So, here is a case in point... I have mentined Gigondas in a previous post. The AOC of Gigondas mandates that Gigondas wine is made up of 80% Grenache grapes, a minimum 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre, and a maximum 10% from the other Rhône varietals. So, all red wines from the AOC of Gigondas will have similar characteristics across the board, but each of the producers in the region can "experiment" with the 20% of varietals that the AOC allows them to be creative with.

Same goes with the other AOC's. They want all of the wines coming from their region to be generally the same, but they allow each producer to nuance their own wines by doing some blending.

As for choosing your own Rose's at a Monoprix. I tend to look at a region that I know and like (like Bandol) and even if I don't know the producer, i know that the AOC is going have all of the wines from that region have similar characteristics.

And I also love to just experiment and just try something new!

Does that help at all?

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33. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

Anna-Roz, when dratthecoast mentioned that California's temps may be too hot for the Provence rose grapes to produce the same effect, I thought about Oregon. Let's watch and see what they produce!

BTW, we're seeing former tobacco farm slopes being turned into vineyards in Kentucky. I don't know how this will go because we don't have the morning/night temperature swings that I've seen in the CA vineyards, but let's give a shout out to those willing to give it a try!

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34. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

Don't hate me, but I'm going to start a new topic on the Provence forum with my question. Know that it's all in fun...datthecoast, I expect you to be the first to reply! ;-)

Edited: 8:38 pm, February 17, 2013
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35. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

In my role as nerd, could I point out it's Ouzo not Uzzo and Bandol not Bendol.

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36. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

Oops! Thanks for being a nerd and keeping us straight!

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37. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

The drinking laws in France have become much stricter and the Tavels have significantly lost in popularity. They ar wonderful wines, far richer (heavy) in body. but usually avoided on a " locals' working day (the average Provence has 12% and many tavels go as high as 12 1/2.) They are also more expensive

As for Kirs Cassis, or even Mimosa, I find them much too sweet and overwhelming.as an apperatif for my taste.. I'll always ask for Peach or Mango ~ much more subtle leaving ony a hint of the fruit.

And while it is Italian, Limoncello, icecold, offered in a smallish glass ~ on "the house"! in the slightly better restos aftery your meal is fabulous disgetif and does wonders for your wellbeiing.

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38. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

limoncello is a common free digestif in restaurants in Nice and we have our own

« Limoncello au Citron de Menton »

I forgot about Génépi as a potential local drink - the artemeia /wormwood plants used to make it are collected in the mountainous areas around here and in the Parc de Mercanotour there are even Génépi plant poachers and smugglers. It has a very strange taste,.

I quite like the taste -but it is on the medicinal side taste wise,kind of absinthe-ish but not aniseedy

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39. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

Pineau des charentes. The perfect aperitif.

Rivesaltes. A sweet wines to be drunk as a a digestif.

Both to be drunk very chilled.

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40. Re: what is the drink to have in cannes?

My list of, especially, apertifs is growing! Apertifs are common in the US, and I've really enjoyed this sharing of varieties.

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