I was recently given a delicious bottle of Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2012 ($13) and before I even took a sip, I started to daydream. Just looking at the delicate and translucent pink wine shimmering in the bottle immediately swept me away to a picnic in a lavender scented field in Provence. Although, I enjoy Rosé throughout the year, I can't deny the special allure of a perfectly chilled glass of this wonderful wine on a beautiful spring or summer day. A blend of Grenache (45%), Cinsault (40%) and Syrah (15%), Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2012 tantalizes with vivacious notes of lilac, clementine, and pink grapefruit with hints of raspberry and ripe currants. The fruit is artfully balanced with an elegant minerality and subtle herbal flavor that will pair perfectly with virtually all of your warm weather meals of seafood, grilled chicken, and salads.
Of course, in addition to a great wine, my picnic in Provence requires a fabulous dress. I'm loving this Floral Corset Style Dress ($79.95) from online retailer eShakti. Fitted at the bust with a flared full skirt, it is feminine without being too fussy. The canary yellow print is balanced out with the cream background - chic and perfect for the season!
To plan a trip to Provence, consider the luxury travel company Petite Peche & Co. In June of 2013, they are launching a seasonal B&B in Provence. Guests can choose between 6 and 12 night stays in their luxurious Bastide, breakfast daily, afternoon cocktails, full assistance with personal itineraries, and more. They can book you a cheese making class, wine tasting, sunset cruise along the Mediterranean, or a
Michelin-starred dining experience. You can also find useful information, at www.visitprovence.com.