Last December Blomidon Estate Winery released their much anticipated traditional method brut rosé. I was thrilled to receive a bottle as a gift the day before leaving on our European wine trip. Needless to say, I lacked the discipline to save it for our return, and thoroughly enjoyed it, with friends, on the eve of our departure. While sampling many spectacular Champagnes in Rheims my mind would occasionally drift back to that evening, the lovely sparkling rosé, and I think to myself that upon returning, I must have another bottle. I could no longer resist the siren call of this alluring salmon-coloured elixir in it's distinctively-shaped bottle and elegant minimalist complementarily coloured label.
To begin, I must admit to generally having a bit of an aversion to the colour pink, especially in my wardrobe. I can honestly say that it is not a shade that works for me. I can appreciate it on others but it really does take a particular kind of swagger to confidently pull off that look. Add a glass of rosé wine in the hand of the guy wearing pink, well, he’d better really have it together … .
Recently, while wingrunting, I was engaged in a conversation about wine with a woman. While we began our conversation in English, I immediately noticed that she pronounced certain grape varietals, such as L’Acadie Blanc and Maréchal Foch like a francophone. For the next few minutes I switched and spoke French with her. Then our conversation continued, sometimes in English other times in French. While I am not used to having this kind of back and forth outside of Montréal, I asked a question which, in hindsight, I know to feed into one of the many false dichotomies created by the culture we live in. I asked her: “Alors, vous êtes francophone ou anglophone?” She smiled at me indulgently and replied: “Non, je suis Acadienne.” I could not help but smile too at the immediate realization of my own misconceptions.