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Côtes-du-Rhone wine

Inter Rhone Presente Millevin Avant Premiere Millesime 2013

 Cotes-du-Rhone wine vintage

November marks the traditional event of releasing the new Côtes-du-Rhône wine (wine grown in regions on both the West and East side of the Rhone river.  The event is known as the Millévin, coming from the word millésime, which refers to the year of the harvest – the vintage year.  The newly released wine is called a “Primeur” – a wine from an AOC that is sold in the year of the harvest.  You might have heard of the Nouveau Beaujolais.  In some regions “nouveau” is used instead of “primeur” but both are referring to the wine sold in the year it’s harvested.

Avignon is the capital of the Côtes-du-Rhône wines and every 3rd Thursday of November Avignon hosts a day of wine culture and festivities: chalets stands offering wine tasting, gourmet finger food to open up the tasting palette, music to set the ambience and even a parade full of colors from traditional brotherhood costumes.  Restaurants too join in on the fun and offer a free glass of Côtes-du-Rhone wine to accompany their festive menu.

If you are touring in France late November you will have the unique cultural experience of “preview tasting” the new wine.  Be the first to taste the Côtes-du-Rhone with  Touring off season is less expensive, less crowded and filled with festive traditions that warm up the off season weather.

Now, while you wait for your chance to taste a Cotes-du-Rhone in France, why not hunt down a Côtes-du-Rhone wine in your neighborhood to go with your next meal…let me know what you chose!

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