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The first Food & Rosé Selection organised by the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in conjunction with the Abruzzo Region, which took place in L’Aquila, has now ended.


Rome, 7 June 2021 – The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is blazing the trail for food and rosé pairing trends by hosting the first Food & Rosé Selection. Over 120 of Europe’s top drops joined the competition’s ‘procession’ in L’Aquila to find the best food and rosé wine pairings of the year. The wines awarded the twenty-four Food & Rosé Selection trophies in the competition, which took place from 4 to 6 June in conjunction with the Abruzzo Region, came from France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia and Slovakia. According to the prestigious panel of 44 international experts, the twenty-four rosé labels stood out for their remarkable versatility, making them not just suitable for happy hour quaffing but more importantly for pairing with a full array of foods. Candidates proved their worth as the new ‘stars’ of the table for all types of consumers, from experts to simple enthusiasts:

  1. Best rosé APERITIF wines:

Marrenon Petula 2020

Marrenon Vignobles en Luberon et Ventoux, Côtes du Lubéron rosé ǀ Rhone Valley, FRANCE

Rabo de Gala Rosé 2020

Casa Santos Lima – Companhia Das Vinhas S.a., Vinho Regional Lisboa ǀ Lisboa, PORTUGAL

Joy Rosé Brut 2020

Az. Forchir Di Bianchini G.&c. S.s.a., Prosecco DOC ǀ Friuli Venezia Guilia, ITALY

  1. Best rosé wines for RAW FISH:

Gardian Grenache – Cinsault – Syrah 2020

SAS Alma Cersius, IGP Coteaux de Béziers ǀ Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

Typic 2020

Bwine, Pays d’Oc IGP rosé ǀ Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

Marisa Cuomo Rosato 2020

SRL Cantine Marisa Cuomo, Costa d’Amalfi DOC ǀ Campania, ITALY

  1. Best rosé wines for COOKED FISH:

Rosé d’une Nuit 2020

SASU Fonjoya delta, Languedoc Saint-Saturnin ǀ Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

Fleur de l’Amaurigue 2020

Domaine de l’Amaurigue, Côtes de Provence rosé ǀ Provence, FRANCE

Les Hauts de Montrouge 2020

Les Hauts de Montrouge, Côtes de Gascogne IGP ǀ Sud-Ouest, FRANCE

  1. Best rosé wines for COLD CUTS:

Rosé Minéral 2020

Producta Vignobles, Bordeaux Rosé ǀ Bordeaux, FRANCE

Finca Cerrada Rosado Bio 2020

Vinicola de Tomelloso SCL, La Mancha ǀ Castilla-la-Mancha, SPAIN

Rosè d’Amour 2019

Azienda Agricola Possa ǀ Liguria, ITALY

  1. Best rosé wines for COOKED MEAT:

Karma Rosé 2020

Azienda Agricola Chiusa Grande, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC ǀ Abruzzo, ITALY


Champagne Cédric Guyot Brut Rosé Cuvée Tradition

Champagne Cédric Guyot EARL, Champagne ǀ Champagne, FRANCE

*particularly with lamb skewers

Champagne Brut Rosé Pierre Mignon

Champagne Pierre Mignon, Champagne ǀ Champagne, FRANCE

*special prize for this magnificent sparkling wine, which also perfectly pair with white meats

  1. Best rosé wines for SPICY DISH:

Casa de Illana Alma Rosé 2020

Bodegas y Viñedos Illana SL, Ribera del Jucar ǀ Castilla-la-Mancha, SPAIN

Viña Nava Garnacha Rosé 2020

Anecoop S. Coop., Navarra ǀ Navarra, SPAIN

Mysterium Roze 2017

Sc Jidvei SRL Filiala Alba, Târnave ǀ Transylvania, ROMANIA

  1. Best rosé wines for CHEESE:

Quantum Rose Pinot Noir Syrah 2020

Domaine Boyar International EAD, PGI Thracian Valley ǀ Thrace, BULGARIA

Kazayak Suvorov Merlot Rose 2020

Suvorov-Vin Ltd. ǀ Stefan Voda, MOLDAVIA

Il Casato Pinot Grigio Rosato 2020

Schenk Italia Spa, DOC delle Venezie ǀ Veneto, ITALY

  1. Best rosé wines for DESSERT:

Raymond Bossis Rosé 2019

SCEA Les Groies, Pineau des Charentes ǀ Charentes, FRANCE

Amatista Moscato Rosé

Anecoop S. Coop., Valencia ǀ Valencia, SPAIN

Vino Raca Frankovka Modra 2015

Villa Vino Raca A.S. ǀ SLOVAKIA

The prestigious kitchen of the Magione Papale restaurant in L’Aquila was the focal point of the competition. It served typical Abruzzo ‘surf and turf’ cuisine, prepared with the students of the ‘Leonardo da Vinci L’Aquila’ hospitality institute. It offered a complete panorama of Abruzzo culinary excellence, served blind with wines in the competition finals. The gourmet recipes ranged from Paccheri with sweet Ventricina del Vastese and mozzarella cheese with PDO L’Aquila Saffron to cold lentil soup with Santo Stefano di Sessanio lentils, PGI Fucino ‘Agata’ potato and spicy L’Aquila liver sausage. They also included Abruzzo-style fish soup, Pescocostanzo Caciocavallo cheese on Solina bread with Abruzzo wildflower honey, Arrosticini abruzzesi and thinly sliced swordfish with real Atessa dried figs on fried flatbreads, along with sweet recipes made from Amaretti morbidi and mostaccioli, along with suggestions for the aperitif, such as sirloin steak Strascicata.

Over the three-day event, there was also the opportunity to review the ‘drink pink’ phenomenon through debates curated by the Consortium for the Protection of Abruzzo Wines; Gilles Masson and Nathalie Poulzagues, respectively director and project manager at the Research and Experimentation Centre on Rosé Wine in Provence; Pierpaolo Penco, wine and food marketing consultant at Affinamenti and Country Manager Italy for Wine Intelligence; Kateřina Slezáková and Gaia Gottardo, respectively marketing manager of Vinolok and Vinolok distributor at Amorim Cork Italia S.p.A.

The first Food & Rosé Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles ( fully complied with social distancing rules and anti-Covid safety measures, partly thanks to equipment from the Abruzzo-based event sponsor Safegatepro ( and Dante Labs of L’Aquila, which provided the mobile laboratory for Covid testing.

The Rosé Selection of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will be back with a second edition in March 2022, but this time in Spain.

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