With daylight savings here—one of my least favorite times of the year—I figured I would look on the bright side and use that extra hour to work on my yard. If you didn’t already know, I’m really into plants. Landscaping is so therapeutic and rewarding, it’s truly one of the ways I unwind when things get crazy. After a big haul of flowers, vegetables, palms, and more at Redland’s Market, I paired an afternoon of gardening with a glass of Fleurs de Prairie Rosé 2016 (how fitting).
“Fleurs de Prairie” translates as “wildflowers,” celebrating the beautiful fields of wisteria, lavender, poppy, and sunflowers around Provence in France. The grapes are sourced from 20-year-old vines planted in clay-limestone hillsides at an altitude of 350-500 feet. The Mediterranean combination of sun, wind, mild water stress, and ocean influence provide ideal conditions for grapes to ripen to the perfect balance of flavor and freshness. The grapes are direct pressed to ensure a light, fresh style and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. It is made by the family-owned Les Grands Chais de France and the winemaker is Vincent Euzet.
The bottle is a looker, but the wine is tasty too. This wine is a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 15% Syrah. It is pale salmon in color and has notes of flowers, strawberries, raspberries, citrus zest, and herbs. It’s light, dry and has nice acidity. It was refreshing and the perfect landscaping companion. You can find it at Total Wine for $16.99.
What would you pair with an afternoon of landscaping?