So who spent the summer saying “Yes Way to Rose”? Even though it is known for being the perfect summer wine, Rose actually pairs really well with spicy foods. It’s a great alternative to red wine. To showcase that, I created this Spicy Lentil Stir Fry dish to pair with your favorite Wines of Provence Rose. Rich, hearty lentils & peppers make it a perfect fall meal with a bite of spicy to keep you warm on chilly nights!
Tell me these sparkling pink glasses of Rose don’t make you want to #fallintorose? Am I right?
I tried three Wines of Provence Roses while crafting this recipe. Nearly half of all French Rose consumed in the US is from Provence. That region is known for being the #mastersofrose! The first one I opened was the AIX. It was made in the Provence region of France, just North East from the historical city of Aix-en-Provence (where I wanted to study abroad, but that’s a story for another time). The Rose was a gorgeous salmon pink & had hints of fruit without being too sweet. I really enjoyed taking a sip after the heat from the lentils.
The next Wines of Provence rose I tried was the La Grand Vigne. It was a much lighter pink. The flavor was very crisp and refreshing with a nice aftertaste. It is from the Coteaux Varois en Provence region, also known as the “Heart of Provence” because it is in the center of the region.
The third Wines of Provence roseI tried was Domaine Sorin. It is from Cotes de Provence, the largest AOP in Provence, making 90% rose. It’s red wine base makes it perfect for pairing with even more foods. I think I’ll try it with pumpkin next!
Did you know that Rose Restaurant Week is going on right now? Restaurants in San Francisco and New York are participating. You can find out more atIs it a Rose Day? I was excited to see that Monsieur Benjamin was participating! It’s an amazing French restaurant in my favorite San Francisco neighborhood. Check it out to see who else is participating!
Now, onto the Spicy Lentil Stir fry! Keep this simple. Chop up your onions, peppers, & chicken, then stir in the lentils. Heat up a pan with some olive oil & red peppers. Toss in your lentil mixture & cook until onions are browned & chicken is done. Adding the chicken is totally optional. You can leave it out for a vegan friendly dish! Letting the peppers cook with the olive oil first amps up the heat so make sure you garnish the dish with some lemon for acidity and fresh mint to bring it back down. Don’t have any mint? A nice glass of Wines of Provence Rosewill do the trick!
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