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Bridge Liquors is Newport’s wine shop for Rosé.

Rosé has gotten very popular in Newport, RI over the last few years and we’re happy to cater to this trend with an ever growing selection. Here at Bridge Liquors, we carry all sorts from Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé to three liters of Rosé Cardboardeaux from Chateau Montaud Cotes de Provence. If you’re looking for pink and bubbly (or still) , we have what you need. Here’s a sampling of our current selection…

Rosé Wine in Newport, Rhode Island

How is this pink wine made?

Unlike white wines that are made from white grapes and red wines that are made from red grapes, there are no pink grapes. In these wines, the color is created by juicing red grapes and allowing the juice to remain exposed to the red grape skins for several days before they are filtered out and the fermentation process begins.

Newport, RI Rosé Wine

Serving suggestions

This is the perfect wine to sip chilled on hot summer days, which is probably why it compliments Newport so well. The recommended temperature is between 50º and 60º F. After pouring out the first round of glasses, it’s preferable to set the bottle out on a table or counter to sweat rather than to put it back into refrigeration.

Where is it from?

While these pink wines are made in lots of areas, including Napa Valley and even at our local Newport Vineyards, they are most commonly produced in the Provence area of France and so this is the most trusted region, as their winemakers have been doing it the longest.

rosé wine Provence France

More about Provence…

Ever since Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” made it into the international best-sellers list, Provence,  the south-eastern region of continental France, has held a special fascination for travellers from all over the world.; but to suggest that Mayle somehow “discovered” or even “rediscovered” Provence, and put it back on the map, would be a serious overestimation of this book. The book and TV series that followed merely portrayed, in a whimsical fashion, the life of a French village that could in many respects have been located in virtually any region of France. As for Provence, it has always been very firmly on the map.

While some of the emblematic icons of Provence – the lavender fields or the Mont Saint Vincent so often painted by Cézanne – are or seem specifically attached to this region, others including the olive trees,  the dry rocky coastline with its scented stunted pine trees,  the evening air filled with the chi-chi-chi of a thousand crickets, and even the villages and vineyards, are actually features that characterise large stretches of the Mediterranean coast and its hinterland, in both France and other countries.

So what is it that distinguishes Provence from the rest, and gives it that special stature that it seems to have not just for foreigners, but even for many of the French themselves?

In the beginning there was Provence. Long before France existed, around 600 B.C., the Phocaeans, Greeks from the city of Phocaea in Asia Minor, established a prosperous Mediterranean seaport known as Massilia, today’s Marseilles.  The Phocaeans are not to be confused with the Phoenicians, great seafarers who possibly had a settlement on the same spot even earlier. The Greek colony of Massilia  eventually came under Roman rule, and it was the Romans who gave this region the name by which it has been known for much of the time since then. In the second century, “Gallia Narbonensis”,  the Roman province covering the south of France from the Pyrenees to the Alps, was so important, and sufficiently close to Rome that it was known in everyday speech as “Provincia”, “the province”.  Or as we know it in modern French, “La Provence”.