by Paullette Gaudet

Bastille Day_blogHappy French National Holiday!!!! The July 14th date that we in the United States call Bastille Day is actually more a joyous commemoration of the new French Republic that also honors the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The French host the largest military parade in Europe for this day, which takes place along the Champs Elysées in Paris. There are also Fireman’s Balls--featuring dancing French firemen!—and fireworks above the tri-colored Eiffel Tower. Here at home there are large, organized July 14th celebrations in New Orleans and New York City, so why let just those cities have all the fun??! Host your own Francophile celebration of independence with a selection of sparkling rosé wines that are perfect for summer.

Rosé’s have had minimal controlled contact with red grape skins, and depending on the type of grape they are made with, they exhibit varying degrees of fruit, or even meat, flavors. French grape offerings like Provence and Mourvèdre rosés are fruit-forward with floral notes, and are delightful when chilled and paired with just about any dish, from spicy grilled lamb to briny olive tapenades and juicy charred burgers. Even when not technically sparkling, rosé wines feature a crisp effervescence that make them an ideal beverage to sip while watching the sun set on a long summer night, then waiting for the fireworks to begin. Vive la France!