Well folks, it looks like summer is here! When I was younger I spent my summers in Europe. It’s kind of funny how summer seems like the only time of the year that we can take a break from routine and embrace the Mediterranean way of life. The easy appeal of simple meals and laid-back evenings, just enjoying the company of friends, and a lovely glass of wine, of course!
I’m really looking forward to the lighter, fresh foods of summer, and leisurely evenings sharing with all my friends and family. It’s times like these when I find myself craving the wines of my youth, those fresh wines that seem to grace every table in Europe, full of gentle fruit, crisp and refreshing wines that seem to make every meal special. Have you heard of the René Barbier Mediterranean Series?
The wines of René Barbier fit my summer needs to a T. These Mediterranean Series wines are lovely, modern wines that are happy, refreshing, and fun to enjoy. They bring you the classic flavors of the Mediterranean in a fresh, easy-drinking style at a price that is unbeatable. You really have to give these wines a try. They are simply delicious, flexible wines. Visit www.renebarbierusa.com for great recipes and sangria ideas that will help you turn those everydays into something special!
René Barbier – A Century of HistoryIt’s been well over a century since René Barbier’s father Léon (yes there really was a René Barbier!) trekked from his home in Avignon, France southward across the Pyrenees to eventually settle in Tarragona, Spain. From the first vintages, when Léon established one of the first wineries in Spain to bottle their own wine, through to today, René Barbier has always been at the forefront, producing authentic wines that capture the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Learn more about René Barbier and explore classic summer recipes by visiting www.renebarbierusa.com!
Light and crisp on the nose with soft notes of apples, dried orange rind, sweet lemon, chalk, and a salty edge. On the palate this is round, with good acid and yet a soft, almost delicate richness. The flavors of tangerine and apple are fresh and crisp with a subtle mineral edge that helps add definition to the moderate finish. This is a lighter-styled wine, deliciously fresh and rich with the simple appeal of fresh fruit flavors. A great summer sipper. 86pts
This has a slight dried fruit character with notes of cherries, clay, and dried floral tones all mingling on the soft nose. In the mouth this is much more freshly fruited with strong wild cherry and wild plum fruit tones. It’s a slightly lush style of rose, bright with acid yet rich with glycerin giving the wine a broad, soft palate feel. The acid really gives nice lift to the finish where there’s an interesting meaty streak that adds complexity to the moderately long finale, which shows just the merest touch of tannin. 86pts
After starting off with a little leathery funk this gains some spicy red plum tones over a bed of cocoa powder and bay leaf. Moderately soft on entry, this has nice small tannins balanced by bright acidity keeping this fresh and lively. The core of lightly spiced plum skin leads across the midpalate to an easy, smooth finish which offers up more cocoa tones with a nice hint of fennel. 85pts
Welcome Summer with René BarbierRené Barbier Mediterranean Rosé
This is freshly-fruited with strong wild cherry and wild plum fruit tones. It’s a slightly lush style of rosé, bright with acid yet rich with glycerin giving the wine a broad, soft palate feel. The acid really gives nice lift to the finish, which shows just the merest touch of tannin. This would be absolutely perfect with grilled tuna (or other meaty fish), especially if featured in a salad.
René Barbier Mediterranean White
Light and crisp on the nose with soft notes of apples, dried orange rind, sweet lemon, chalk and a salty edge. Flavors of tangerine and apple are fresh and crisp with a subtle mineral edge. This is a lighter-styled wine, deliciously fresh and rich with the simple appeal of fresh fruit flavors. A great summer sipper. Break out the raw bar, this is a perfect wine for chilled shellfish, or steamer clams!