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Rosé: The Anytime Wine

At Malene, we like to call Rosé the “anytime wine.” In Provence, where Malene gets its inspiration, Rosés are enjoyed all year long at outdoor cafés and waterfront picnics, in fine restaurants and of course in people’s homes. Malene Rosé is likewise immensely versatile. While it’s easy to enjoy on its own, its weight and complexity make it an excellent match with any food you would normally pair with a fine, dry white wine. 


To help you enjoy this first wine club shipment we’ve included a special gift: our rose gold Malene corkscrew. We’d love to hear how you enjoy the wines and the opener, and encourage you to share photos on social media using the hashtags #MaleneScene and #MyMalene.

A Few Words from William, aka Mr. Malene...

In France, where I’m from, Rosé is not a seasonal wine, it’s a lifestyle! Especially in Provence, with its year-round sunny, Mediterranean climate. Here at Malene our Rosés reflect the generosity of the sun-drenched Central Coast, which – like Provence - is moderated by the cool breezes of the ocean close by.

As a sommelier and foodie I’m often asked what foods to serve with Malene wines. The options are nearly unlimited, but here are some of my favorites: crab cakes are ideal with our classic Malene Rosé, and I love deep fried calamari with our Rosé of Mourvedre. I’ve enjoyed sautéed veal with a wild mushroom sauce with the Rolle, and for the Grenache Noir I often recommend lamb chops or pork tenderloin. These are such versatile wines, you really can’t go wrong!

We are so excited about our young Malene brand, and we can’t wait to add to our portfolio with different varietals, blends, vineyards and appellations, always in the Provençal style. Please share your photos with your favorite wine using #MaleneScene and #MaleneWines. We love to see how you’re enjoying our wines!

Winemaking with Intention

It was tough work but someone had to do it. When he was developing the concept for Malene, Winemaker Fintan “Fin” du Fresne spent weeks in France, meeting with Provencal winemakers, tasting Rosé wines, and soaking up the south-of-France lifestyle.

That was several years ago, and now Fin has released three Rosés, a Rolle (Vermentino) and a Grenache Noir, all from sites he’s scouted in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast. A long-time Rosé enthusiast, Fin is excited to see it gain popularity in the U.S. “What’s important about Malene is that these are wines of intention; they’re not a by-product of the winemaking process or a line extension. We’re devoted exclusively to exploring the world of Rosé in California.”

Visit the Malene Scene Airstream

Looking for a wine country experience that is anything but ordinary? Visit the Malene Scene Airstream Overland Trailer in San Luis Obispo, where you can find Malene Rosé on tap and by the bottle. Though it hails from the year 1969, this is not your grandparents’ Airstream, but a tricked-out, tastefully-appointed modern mobile tasting room. Our Malene Scene Airstream has already been on the road at festivals in Austin, TX and Newport Beach, RI, with more to come. For now though, it’s parked at home, surrounded by stunning Central Coast vineyards and waiting for you to come aboard.

The Airstream is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

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2017 Malene Rosé

Sourced primarily from the Santa Ynez Valley, the 2017 Malene Rosé comprises five varietals for a wine that is mouth-filling yet crisp, dry and complex. Grenache supplies the backbone with copious melon and strawberry notes and a delicious creamy texture. Vermentino lifts the wine’s fragrance with notes of white flowers and lychee. The Cinsault is exuberant, fruity and fresh, while the Mourvedre imparts a savory, slightly herbaceous character. Syrah fleshes out the texture and lengthens the palate.

With plenty of fruit and a long acid-driven finish, this wine pairs well with cuisine ranging from fresh oysters to pasta puttanesca.

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2017 Malene Camp 4 Vineyard Rosé of Mourvedre

Camp 4 Vineyard, the source of our 2017 Rosé of Mourvedre, is one of the top sites for Rhone grapes in the Santa Ynez Valley. This wine is reminiscent of a Bandol-style Rosé: savory, broad and complex. It opens with aromas of white tea, fresh peaches and orange liqueur, leading to a brightly textured palate bursting with flavors of melon, papaya and key lime.

This wine pairs well with cuisine ranging from barbequed pork loin to stuffed vegetables and pissaladière and can be aged for up to two years.

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2015 Malene Grenache Noir

Grenache Noir is a traditional component of classic Rosé and one of our favorite varietals when bottled on its own. Sourced from Morro View vineyard, a temperate site that produces dark, spice-driven wines, the 2015 Grenache Noir opens with aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, lilac, and dried sage. The palate is bright and textured, with notes of licorice, tobacco and cherry liqueur.

This wine pairs well with cuisine ranging from ratatouille to pork tenderloin and can be aged for up to five years.

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