And so came the first evening warm enough to merit an outdoor supper.  Last night was glorious and called for salad.  When my husband phoned me in the afternoon to ask what wine to buy on his way home, I said Rose.  Of course he gasped, but I explained that we were having salmon and it would match nicely.

Parkview Liquors had no Kleine Zalze Rose, but he bought a The Pavilion  Shiraz Rose from Boschendal.  Very nicely matched my salad INDEED.


A sticker on the neck of the bottle caught my eye:

“Integrity & Sustainability Certified” and I had to Google it, and found the SWSA webpage:

“Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

Together these organisations are driving the South African wine industry’s commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly production. We are not just advocating green, we are practising it!”

I rather like that!


31 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    I like that comment too. 🙂 When I saw the title lyrics I thought you were going to talk about Edith Piaf. I used to keep the words posted on my bulletin board.

    There is also a cafe in Southern California by that name. Never been though (I am in Northern California)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Morning Caro, I also love the song … my mom’s name was Rose, so all things referencing roses had special significance. I had a shop called La Vie En Rose some years back, maybe I will blog about it sometime.

    2. buttercup600 says:

      Caro, I am so happy you posted the song of “…the waif sparrow”…so loving it…(believed I was French in my previous life!!!! LOLOLOL) xx

      1. theonlycin says:

        Me too, bwahahaha *does a throaty French chuckle*

  2. slpmartin says:

    Actually, there appear to be two LA VIE EN ROSE’s in Southern California…one in Brea and one in Idyllwild…and although I live in SoCal..I haven’t been to either….what strikes me as strange…is the one in Idyllwild is a German Restaurant.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many people think Lilly Marlene’s version of the song surpassed Edith Piaf’s; perhaps that’s the view of the German restaurant owner?

      1. theonlycin says:

        Ooops … too early … excuse my gaffe; I meant Marlene Dietrich!

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    I love that idea and I think we should support it if possible. I love Marlene Dietrich voice singing Lilly Marlene… one of a kind!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for putting me straight, where’s my mind this morning?
      *fetches coffee*

  4. halfp1nt says:

    I rather like that thought too!
    Morning Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      Morning Shorty 🙂

  5. klrs09 says:

    Very nice Cindy! I will have to look and see if we get that wine over here. The salad looks delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      My step daughter has been telling me that Canadians are quite spoilt for choice with the wines available there?

  6. thysleroux says:

    Lovely photos!
    I share hubby’s sentiment with regards to Rose … hehe.
    But granted, a good match is a good match!

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol … he drank beer 🙂

  7. Tandy says:

    so nice that summer has come to visit you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s too wonderful Tandy, I really battled through this winter.

  8. buttercup600 says:

    I have really tried to love Rose…but alas…Merlot keeps calling!! Looks wonderful Cindy…happy it’s getting warmer there. xxx

  9. Supa says:

    I rarely drink Rose, must buy a bottle or three.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I can recommend this one, and Himself will approve of the price!

  10. Kavita says:

    Cheers to this “Green” Rose!!! 🙂
    But really, that salad-wine combo looks yummy!!! 😀

  11. Madmom says:

    The joys of a South African spring/summer – salads and chilled wines.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And some of us have loads of lamb ;p

  12. Jamie Dedes says:

    I rather like that too. Will have to see if there’s an equivalent here …

    Summer time? I bet your glad …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Just thrilled Jamie 🙂

  13. Naomi says:

    Exquisite, Cindy! Absolutely love the photo’s! A most beautiful evening, for sure. Would be fabulous to read about your shop 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Okey dokey, will schedule that as a topic 🙂

  14. nrhatch says:

    Love the purple flowers!

    And sustainable wine = a good thing. ; )

    1. theonlycin says:

      Should be mandatory 🙂

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