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Wine Down and Chill: Amazing Ava Grace

Cheers to 2020 and a new wine down and chill format. We understand that you’re busy; you want to learn about wine then get down to drinking it! Got it. We’ll continue to offer affordable suggestions for music, wine, dinner and movies with a different wine down and chill theme each week. Our new format is a snappy combo of Listen – Learn – Wine – Dine – Watch. You can also follow me on Instagram for wine art and photography @WineDownAndChill. We’re here to help you sit back, wine down and chill. If you missed an article, fret not! You can find every article here.

Theme: Amazing Grace

“There but for the grace of God, go I.” ~John Bradford

The historical quote stated above originated in the 1600s as prisoners were being taken away for execution. It has persisted in our lexicon for nearly four centuries and is uttered when we feel lucky to not be in the same horrible situation as someone else, and we sympathize with those who are in it. In a world where #bekind is more of a hashtag than an observed behavior, this wine down and chill quote has purpose here.

Listen: Get Grace

If you’re not already humming this lovely version of Amazing Grace, which has been recorded a whopping 6,600 times, then let me get it stuck in your head! The song offers “the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God” and is the perfect backdrop to our movie selection. Check out this “grace” inspired playlist including my fave version of the tune by Elvis Presley.

Learn: The Power of Pink

There’s been a pink power play for years, ever since strong women reclaimed it from Barbie’s origins: she was modeled after a risqué gag gift for men which was featured in a West German newspaper back in the 1950s. Of course, today, pink is often worn paired with black in a show of strength balanced with femininity. We’ve come a long way, baby!

Since this is a wine down and chill column, we’ll redirect away from fashion and feminism and get back to that first word – wine. Apparently, the growth of rosé is finally slowing down. Ladies, what are you doing?! As far as rosés go, good ideas apparently take time to catch on.

Rosé Everyday

Case in point (no pun intended), Kermit Lynch introduced dry rosés to the American market in the 1970s, but it took over 30 years until people started appreciating the delicate French options. Last year, nearly 20 million cases were sold in the US. With respect to production, France, Spain and the US are the largest producers. Australia, Chile and South Africa are ramping up.

From the consumption side, it accounts for 30% of all wines consumed in France (who knew it was that high?!). Here’s an interesting factoid for men – women do not drink more rosé than you do. Well, actually they do drink more of it than you do in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. However, men drink more rosé than women do in Brazil whereas there seems to be equal interest by both genders in France, US, Russia and Canada. And, interest in the varietal tends to taper off as both men and women age.

Men – cheers to a wine down and chill column next week that will be full of manly men stuff!