Russ, Mary Jo and Teri all loved the Cala Rosé and the sunset.
The Cala Rosé is a pale pink with nice aromas and cherry and spice flavors.
Domaine de Cala Rosé 2018, France
Cost: $15-17
I have been drinking quite a few rosés recently because this is the perfect season for them. I like a good rosé any time of year, but spring and summer is the best time.
This Domaine de Cala rosé is from the heart of Provence in the Brignoles region. It is in the Coteaux Varois appellation where 88 percent of the wine production is rosé.
The Provence region in southeastern France is known for its dry rosés, and the Cala is a great example. It is a gorgeous pale pink color, almost clear. The wine starts with inviting citrus and cherry aromas. It has a beautiful mix of cherry and spice flavors, with a silky mouthfeel.
The blend is 41 percent grenache, 35 percent cinsault, 15 percent syrah, 6 percent Rolle, 1 percent grenache blanc, 1 percent carignan and 1 percent cabernet sauvignon.
We had this wine while enjoying the Outer Banks in North Carolina with Teri’s sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Russ. We always have fun when we get together with them, and one of our greatest pleasures is cooking and finding nice wines to pair with the food.
We drank the Cala as an aperitif, with a little bit of cheese before dinner. We had a nice condo overlooking Albemarle Sound, and we enjoyed beautiful sunsets, usually after a day of exploring the history and the lighthouses of the Outer Banks.
This was a beautiful wine to sip while we watched a pair of what looked like ospreys and their nest on a lone cypress tree out in the water. We never saw any hatchlings, but there always was one bird guarding the nest.

Domaine de Cala was founded in 2015 by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal, fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning a winery. He learned to cook in Provence and then went to California. He started with one restaurant that expanded to 70 restaurants from coast to coast.
When he opened his winery Splichal recruited top-notch talent, first internationally renowned winery consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to create the red wine and take care of winery operations. She introduced Splichal to Bruno Tringali, an expert in Provencal rosé, who joined the team as rosé winemaker.
One bird sits on the nest while the other hunts for food.
Provencal native Francois Rigord was brought on for his expertise in the local vineyards.
Domaine de Cala is just 35 miles from the coastal town of St. Tropez. It encompasses 600 acres, with 120 acres of vineyard. All the wines they release are estate grown.
The estate offers wild boar and game hunting in season and a brand new winery and tasting room designed by French architects Michel Roberts and Eric McDonald.
Domaine de Cala also produces the Cala Prestige Rosé, made from 40 percent grenache, 29 percent syrah, 17 percent rolle and 14 percent cinsault. It ages for three months in barrels with batonnage, which means the lees are stirred regularly to give the wine more texture and complexity. The wine has a bit more body than the classic Cala. It sells for $25, and if you’re looking for a bit more power with your rosé, it’s worth it.

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