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How To Drink Rosé: Do’s and Don’ts

How To Drink Rosé

The Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re wondering how to drink rosé the proper way, the first thing you need to know is this: don’t overthink it, just drink it. Here are the three takeaways you should know about drinking rosé.


 

Do mix it!

If you’re having a hard time drinking rose on it’s own, then you should know that rosé makes for a great base and addition to cocktails. Most rosés have signature flavors of berries, floral, and melons, all of which are great bases to help complement spritzes and sour cocktails. The dryness, fruit and acidity make for a perfect balance to many spirits.

Do drink it all year.

Rosé is a versatile wine, which makes it a great aperitif or pairing with food. The rosé offers the best of both worlds as it has white wine structure and red wine flavors, so it can be as light or intense as necessary depending on the food it’s being paired with. We call it the perfect ‘in between’ wine as rosé serves as a ‘white wine alternative’ for typically red wine-leaning drinkers, since it has added structure and complexity while delivering a fresh clean finish like a white wine.

Don’t overpay.

A great rosé doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. $15-$20 is the fastest growing segment across all wine sales – Nielson 2017. And trust us, there is no shortage of quality wine within this price range.

Priced at $16.99 retail, Très Chic rosé is an affordable, everyday rosé with an elegant, yet approachable label.

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Common Misconceptions About Rosé

Common Misconceptions About Rosé

and why they are wrong.


 

Let’s start with the most common misconception about rosé of all..

Rosé is a summer only/seasonal drink

    • It’s one of the hallmarks of summer, serving as the perfect transition wine away from winter reds and into the lighter whites that pair so perfectly with warm summer nights.
    • The French even have an expression for it – “rosé tout l’année” or in English, “rosé all year.” In France rosé sales outstrip those of white wines, making it a dominant staple in the country’s culture and cuisine.
    • While there’s nothing more refreshing then a glass of rosé on a hot summer day, there’s a reason taglines and hashtags like “rosé all day” and “yes way rosé” are trending. Rosé is enjoyed year-round!
    • 75% of consumers believe rose is year-around but the trade often refers to it as a summer beverage. Rosé wines between $10-$20 are doubling their already impressive growth from last year.
    • Rosé leading all wine categories at +59% growth – Nielson 2017
    • French Rosé dominates category – Nielson 2017
      • 51% French
      • 37% Domestic
      • 5% Italian

Rosé is feminine or for women only

    • Ever heard of brosé? Men are enjoying rosé just as much as the ladies! Just because it’s pink, doesn’t make it any less manly to enjoy.
      • The pink hue of rosé comes from the grapes and the length of contact between the juice and the skin of red grapes during the winemaking process. The longer the grapes’ skin is left sitting in the wine, the darker the color on the finished rosé.

Rosé is sweet

    • Rosé is versatile. Some are fruit-forward, some are floral, while others may be dry or tart; just like our Très Chic Rosé.
      • Many people think of the mass produced and super sweet white zinfandel. Sugar prevents the wine from shining. When there’s too much sugar, it masks the aromas and flavors of the wine—whether fruity, mineral, etc—which is the good stuff! We aimed to create a wine that is fresh and balanced allowing flavors and aromas like red currants and thyme come through!

People are looking for less of the familiar blush rosés which range from medium to sweet and instead are in search of rosés with more structure and complexity

    • Our new Très Chic rosé provides exuberant flavors of berries, citrus, tropical fruit with a hint of herbs and rose petal. It’s delicate with a balanced acidity.
  • Unsure what to order? Dry = not sweet. And that’s what you want: a wine that’s fresh and acidic, without extra sugar to bury its mineral/fruity/whatever flavors and aromas. Remember, it was super-sweet white zinfandel and its mass-produced brethren that gave rosé a bad name to begin with.
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Spritzer Cocktail Recipes For Summer

Spritzer Cocktail Recipes For Summer

Check out some of our favorite spritzer cocktail recipes we love to create and sip on over summer!

Spritzer Cocktail Recipes Booklet

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How Rosé Wine Is Made

How Rosé Wine Is Made

Still Rosé Production Methods + Wine Making Notes

We are often asked ‘How is wine made or more specifically, how rosé wine is made?’  For our Très Chic Rosé, we utilize a fairly typical process for French Provence style rosé wines in order to ensure the youthful, crisp wine with fruit forward aromatics that the region is known for.

VINIFICATION/AGEING:

  • The grapes are mostly harvested in the morning (in the cooler hours before sunrise) and are then destemmed for the fresh aromatic. Our two grape varietals are vinified separately for more finesse and purity. The Cinsault and Grenache grapes are pressed directly. Vinification is conducted in stainless steel vats and fermentations take place at low temperatures to preserve the wines’ aromatic freshness, after which the wines are aged for 3 months on fine lees and gently stirred. Our wines are vegan friendly, and we do not utilize any subtractive fining agents like egg whites or gelatin.

PRODUCTION                                             

  • The grapes were pressed directly, and we maintain approximately 5-6 hours contact with the grape skins to yield a brilliant pale pink hue. We do not blend white and red wine as often asked by consumers, but some producers do this when they have a lot of excess wine they are trying to unload, but this isn’t really the optimal method to produce the best quality.
  • The juice was fermented at 16°C in stainless steel vats.
  • Aged for 3 months sur lie. 13% ABV

What do lees do?

As the yeast cells start to break down during the process of autolysis, they release tiny amounts of sugars (called polysaccharides) and amino acids. The presence of these compounds is sensed on our tongues and palates as a textural weightiness or increased body in the wine. White and sparkling wines aged on the lees are often described as creamier, richer, fuller-bodied, or with greater depth and complexity of flavor.

Besides the added textural creaminess, the release of fatty acids (which come from the breakdown of the yeast cell wall) adds to the aromas/flavors in a wine.

THE BLENDS – GRAPES – 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault

Grenache wines exhibit higher alcohol and sweet, ripe red fruit flavors, often with a violet-like floral scent.  Cinsault is fruity and fresh with a hint of pepper and spice, it adds a softness and aromatics and a higher acidity to round out the blend.

  • FLAVOR PROFILE – The coastal terroir produces exuberant wines with fresh flavors of grapefruit, red berries and tropical fruit. Delicate on the palate with mineral notes and balanced acidity.
  • AROMAS – This youthful wine offers aromatics of red berries, citrus and thyme.
  • ABV – 12.5%
  • APPELLATION: IGP Pays d’Oc – Or IGP OC Indication Géographique Protégée(IGP, “Protected Geographical Region”)

TERROIR:

  • The soil is composed of calcareous clay and the vineyards are terraced. The climate is cool for the region with considerable diurnal/nocturnal temperature differences, which allows these wines to preserve perfect balance.
  • Origin of Grenache is mainly the Gard and Cinsault is Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard.

ORGANOLEPTIC DESCRIPTION:

  • Superb, brilliant, pale pinkish color. Highly fresh aromatic, with delicate notes of red berries, citrus and tropical fruit.

On the palate, giving an impression of freshness and very well-balance with floral notes. Lovely length and a mineral, saline and fresh finish with character.

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Summer Picnic, Grilling and Outdoor Dining Pairings

Summer Picnic, Grilling and Outdoor Dining Pairings

LGC & TCR Food and Wine Pairings

We believe that bubbles and rosé go with virtually everything.  They are subtle, have a nice level of acid and a balance of dryness with a hint of fruit on the finish. 

Recommended Pairing for our Sparkling Wine & Rosé

Très Chic Rosé  (TCR) – Pairs stunningly with shellfish, grilled meats, salmon, sushi, charcuterie, pizza, creamy sauces, mild cheeses and spiced dishes such as Asian or Latin cuisine.

Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut (LGC Blanc) – A versatile accompaniment that is very cuisine & cocktail friendly. Try it with savory hors d’oeuvres, buttered Popcorn, creamy pasta dishes, fried chicken, spicy Asian dishes, seafood, fruit-based desserts or semi-soft cheese.

Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé  (LGC Rosé) – These rosé compliments an array of foods.  Try it with spicy Asian dishes, risotto, BBQ, beef, lamb, duck, game, chicken, prosciutto, seafood, pizza or soft cheese (like brie or goat). 

  1. Grilled Chicken- LGC Blanc de Blanc, Tres Chic, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
  2. Steak- Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, LGC Blanc
  3. Burgers- LGC Rose, Syrah, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Cava
  4. Hot Dogs- LGC Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Noir
  5. Grilled Seafood- LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic, Muscadet, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Semillon
  6. Charcuterie- LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Pinot Gris
  7. Olives – LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic
  8. Fruit Salad or Melon/ Proscuito – LGC Blanc de Blanc, LGC Rose, Tres Chic
  9. Cheese-
  • LGC Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon- Aged Gouda, Edam
  • LGC Blanc de Blanc/ LGC Rose– Parmesan
  • Tres Chic- Gruyere
  • Riesling- Ricotta
  • Malbec- Aged Cheddar
  • LGC Rose, Tres Chic, Pinot Noir- Brie, Camembert
  • LGC Rose, Tres Chic – Soft Goat Cheese
  • LGC Blanc – Gorgonzola, Baby Swiss
  • Tres Chic – Feta
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Healthy Cocktail Recipes For Summer

Healthy Cocktails Are The Key To Your 2021 Summer

Because we know how badly you need it.

Emerging beverage trends are health-conscious and ‘healthier for you’ and include lower ABV &/or alcohol-free liquor alternatives. We created healthy cocktails centered around emerging flavor trends and functional, better-for-you ingredients with fresh flavors of blood orange, grapefruit, guava, hibiscus, passionfruit, basil, figs & Japanese yuzu, fragrant florals such as orange or cherry blossom & elderflower, interesting flavor combinations like sweet & heat, ‘immunity boosting’ ingredients including elderberry, hibiscus, echinacea, ginger, turmeric, kombucha, ginger, lavender and low sugar/sugar alternatives: natural syrups, fruit purées, Manuka honey & organic agave.

Low calorie alcohol is the foundation in which Le Grand Courtage wines was built. It was, and still is, the forefront mentality of our mission to provide luxury wine you can feel good about consuming. So, we have definitely done our fair share of research on health-conscious, low calorie cocktails; and we would love to share that with the world.

No & Low-Alcohol Spirit Alternative brands we love: @Ritual @Seedlip @Monday @Lyres @Wilderton & @Amass

Check out these low calorie cocktails here: Healthy Cocktail Recipes

Health conscious cocktails

Photo credit: Camille Styles https://camillestyles.com/

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Top Food Pairings for Sparkling Wine

Top Food Pairings for Sparkling Wine

The best food pairings for sparkling wine will normally consist of richer foods. Rich foods and those which are greasy, fat, fried or spicy are perfect compliments as both the acidity and effervescence help to balance heavier foods. Many in the industry call sparkling wine the ’scrubbing bubbles’ for the palate as it perfectly cleanses the tongue in between bites.  

Our Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut or Brut Rose are both perfect compliments to the below as our crisp, light and refreshing French sparklers are cuisine and cocktail friendly. 

Appetizers 

  • Almonds 
  • Buttered or Truffled Popcorn
  • Cocktail Sausages 
  • Duck fat French fries 
  • Egg Rolls & Spicy Asian appetizers 
  • Egg-based hors d’oeuvres 
  • Olives 
  • Potato Chips 
  • Prosciutto-wrapped Appetizers 
  • Fried Mushrooms 
  • Stuffed Mushrooms  
  • Vegetables 

Cheeses 

  • Brie  
  • Cheddar 
  • Goat 
  • Gouda
  • Parmesan 

Seafood 

  • Crab Rangoons 
  • Fish Tacos 
  • Lobster 
  • Raw Oysters 
  • Shellfish 
  • Shrimp 
  • Smoked Salmon 
  • Sushi 
  • Crab 

 Asian 

  • Anything spicy – Pad Thai, Curry

Pizza 

  • Pizza Quattro Formaggi or Bianca 
  • Prosciutto and Burrata Pizza 
  • Wild Mushroom Pizza 

 Meat 

  • Bacon 
  • BBQ (esp Rosé) 
  • Beef or Pork Sliders 
  • Brisket Chili 
  • Duck 
  • Chicken 
  • Game 
  • Foie Gras 
  • Fried Chicken 
  • Lamb 
  • Prosciutto 
  • Ribs 
  • Roasted Chicken 
  • Salami 
  • Sweet Breads 

Brunch  

  • Eggs Benedict 
  • Mushroom, Bacon Omelets 
  • Frittatas 
  • Scrambled Eggs 
  • Brioche French Toast with maple syrup (blanc) berry syrup (rosé)

Pasta

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli 
  • Macaroni & Cheese with bread crumb crust 
  • Pastas with cream or mushroom sauces 
  • Risotto with mushroom sauce 

Dessert 

  • Angel Food Cake 
  • Berries 
  • Cheesecake 
  • White Chocolate   
  • Fruit-Based Desserts and Tarts 
  • Mascarpone Cheese 
  • Shortbread Cookies 
  • Toffee, rocca,  
  • Salted caramels 
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French Sparkling Wine Production + Winemaking Notes

French Sparkling Wine Production + Wine Making Notes

French sparkling wine, what is it? How is it made? How does it taste? We’re giving you the quickest wine lesson by covering the basics with simplification. Because all you need are three fun facts to be the wine connoisseur of the friend group.

In simple terms, sparkling wine is a carbonated, fizzy wine that can be made from red or white grapes. The carbonation is a natural occurrence and the result that comes from the second fermentation process. And French sparkling wine, is carbonated wine produced from- you guessed it: France. To get an idea on how French sparkling wine is made, we’ll walk you through our production method as to how our French sparkling wine at Le Grand Courtage is made, and the winemaking notes produced from that.

For our French sparkling wine production, we wanted something crisp, light and refreshing with a perfect balance of dryness and acidity to offset the yeast and classic attributes of French champagne. Our goal was something approachable, affordable and versatile.  

HARVEST – our grapes are strategically picked earlier to yield higher acid and lower sugar, which provide more fruit components. Following the harvest they are then gently pressed.

PRODUCTION

Primary Fermentation

  • The initial base wines and the clear juice are fermented in steel tanks separately.
  • Base wines are then blended for the ‘assemblage” to produce the final “Cuvee” which is not yet drinkable due to its high acidity content.
  • The cuvée, is assembled, using wines from various vineyards, and, for non-vintage like ours, sometimes various years.
  • Maintain a constant 51 degrees to slow fermentation and produce a clean, crisp finish.

Secondary Fermentation

  • The blended base wine has yeast and a small amount of sugar, called the liqueur de tirage.
  • Yeast converts the added sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2) bubbles.
  • The amount of added sugar determines the pressure – ours is 5-6 atmosphere.  (equals 4 car tires or 100 mi/hr).

Bottling

  • Dosage added before the cork, the liquid level is topped up with liqueur d’expédition – a mixture of the base wine and sucrose.
  • The amount of sugar in the liqueur d’expédition determines the sweetness, the sugar previously in the wine having been consumed in the second fermentation.
  • Generally, sugar is added to balance the high acidity of sparkling, rather than to produce a sweet taste. 

THE BLENDS

Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay imparts depth and complexity for the overall balance while Colombard’s higher acidity provides structure, length and a pleasant minerality that is supplemented by the Ugni Blanc’s fruit profile. The Chenin Blanc lends citrus and hints of honey for a creamy texture.

FLAVOR PROFILE – Crisp, light, refreshing with baby bubbles & a hint of Meyer lemon, honeydew & soft floral notes on the finish to balance the dryness, yeast and acidity. This affordable sparkler is cuisine, cocktail and consumer friendly.

AROMAS – Hints of green apple, honeysuckle and toasted brioche.

TECHNICAL NOTES – Alcohol: 11.5%; Residual Sugar: 10 g/liter; Ferment: Steel Tank at 51° F; pH: 3.3Acidity: 4 g/100mL

APPELLATION – France: Le Grand Courtâge offers a Vin Mousseux sourced from notable terroirs such as Burgundy, Languedoc and Loire Valley. Produced in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Brut Rosé

Chardonnay provides depth and structure to the wine, while the Ugni Blanc offers natural acidity and freshness. The light bodied Gamay provides vibrant youthful fruit expressions reminiscent of wild berries and flowers amongst the French countryside on a warm summer day.

FLAVOR PROFILE – A delicate balance of dryness and acidity lingers with flavors of wild berries and pomegranate alongside soft floral notes. Crisp, light, refreshing with delicate bubbles.

AROMAS – Bright aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry combine with notes of lilac and violet.

TECHNICAL NOTES – Alcohol: 11.5%; Residual Sugar: 12 g/liter; Ferment: Steel Tank at 51° F; pH: 3.25Acidity: 3.7 g/100mL

APPELLATION – France: Le Grand Courtâge offers a Vin Mousseux sourced from notable terroirs such as Burgundy, Languedoc and Beaujolais. Produced in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

We created a Vin Mousseux as we believe this allows for more consistency in the style that is cuisine, cocktail and consumer friendly and offers an affordable price for French bubbles. LGC is not as light & sweet as prosecco nor as dry & yeasty as champagne – ultimately, we believe our wine style is very quaffable and consumer friendly.

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4 STEPS FOR CREATING AN EMPOWERING VISION BOARD

I once heard someone say that people spend more time planning their vacation, than they do their life and I believe this (sadly) is pretty accurate.  The truth is if you don’t define the destination, you can’t develop the roadmap to get where you want to go.  This is where the concept of a “vision board” or “dream board” comes in.  We are HUGE fans and do them every year to set intentions and define the things which speak to our soul and bring joy.  After 2020, we can all use some new energy and vision for the future.

By putting a vision board where you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your dreams, goals and ideal life on a regular basis. Think of it as your compass and your true north.  Many super successful people swear by them, including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Beyoncé, and Denzel Washington.

According to Psychology Today, mental practices (like visualization) can increase motivation, confidence, and even motor performance. In fact, in one study, researchers found that, in athletes, visualization was almost as effective as physical practice.

As it says on our bottle ‘Embrace Life.  Dream Big.  Accept all Invitations’… so have fun envisioning your future self!

 

4 STEPS FOR CREATING AN EMPOWERING VISION BOARD

This Pinterest Board might provide some ideas as a launching off point.

Step 1 – Defining your Goals

Do a brief 10-15-minute brain dump of what first comes to mind as the areas of your life that are important to you right now (family, relationships, hobbies, well-being, finances). Think about what excites you – learning French, teaching yoga, traveling, buying a home in the country, taking music lessons, starting a business.

If you aren’t feeling crafty, the same exercise in a journal is very effective as well.

Step 2 – Items Needed

  • Magazines, Postcards, Stickers, Catalogs, Wrapping paper, Fabric, Ribbons, Leaves, Flowers
  • Posterboard, Foam Core Board, Large Cork Board or of preference an Art Canvas (16×20 or larger)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Fabric or ribbons
  • Maybe washi tapes, stickers, gems, sequins, metallic pens, crayons etc., for accentuating your board

Step 3 – Finding Inspiration

Grab yourself a cup of coffee, or a glass of Le Grand Courtâge as the bubbly helps get you in that sparkling mindset. Start cutting out images that speak to you and gathering ‘visuals’ of things that align with the objectives that you’ve identified. You will amass quite the pile of things that inspire you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

IMAGES: Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life.   Focus on how the images make you FEEL.  Look for those that immediately make you say, “Yes! That is what I want in my life!”  

MOTIVATIONAL WORDS: Add affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts.  I like to add words that describe how I want to feel – such as: joyful, abundant, fearless, free, balanced etc.

You are dreaming about creating a life you love so don’t rush it… set aside an evening or weekend day.  We often do ours over a few days.

Step 4 – Laying out & Creating your board

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you and make your heart sing. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity.

Start to lay out your images on your board. But DON’T GLUE YET! It is easier to lay images out on the board so you can re-arrange until you have fit all the items.   We often overlap and layer portions of images above or below others, so we wait before gluing the edges down.

When you’re happy with the final layout, start gluing down all the edges. You might want to place some books or magazines on top to keep the images flat as it dries.

You might even consider a board for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals.  Whether you call it manifestation, a law of attraction or just bringing clarity to what you want, it is a creative exercise to do alone or with friends – and a nice alternative to all the binge watching we’ve all partaken in during COVID-19.

Write the date on the back of your vision board and your location so you can go back and remember where you were and what you were doing at the time.

Take a few moments to contemplate your vision board every day.  Keep your eye on the prize (or rather your dreams in this case).  We take a picture and save it as the screen saver to constantly reminds us.  It brings us back to center and helps maintain that champagne state of mind!

Xoxo Tawnya

Founder- Le Grand Courtâge

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Curated Holiday Ideas To Simplify Life & Spread Joy

The magic of the holiday season is about spreading joy.   Think about your happiest holiday memories. Most probably involve the senses — the aroma of cookies baking, the sound of children singing carols, the giddy pleasure of shiny lights — and the time spent decorating, plotting and anticipating with family and friends. 

At our core, Le Grand Courtâge has always been about meaningful connection and more than anything, 2020 has taught us that what we appreciate most is the time with family and friends.

We wanted to offer some tips to simplify the Holidays and NYE so you can Stress Less and Enjoy More!

We hope that the below Holiday hacks will help to elevate the holiday merriment and alleviate some of the burden:

Image source: HGTV.com

Images: HGTV.com

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