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Your Complete Summer Rosé Guide

It’s that time of year again where all the clinking glasses appear to have a deep pink hue whether in your favorite local restaurant or backyard BBQ. With International rosé Day coming up on June 10th, we realize there are a lot of ‘summer waters’ to choose from these days – everyone from actress Drew Barrymore to Hello Kitty has produced a bottle – so we have narrowed down some of our favorites and must haves for the dog days of rose-all-day imbibing ahead.

Rosé Your Way Concierge
With the seemingly endless parade of rosé vintages coming into the marketplace, it can get confusing, but our friends at E. & J. Gallo Winery have created an educational program to help wine lovers find the perfect rosé for their taste buds, from a J Brut sparkling to a Barefoot Bubbly, With Rosé Your Way™, a personal rosé concierge is only a Facebook message away.

  • Visit Rosé Your Way™ on Facebook Messenger
  • Click “Get Started”
  • Answer the quiz to find the right Rosé for you
  • Explore education or ask for a recipe suggestion
  • Use the “where to buy” function
  • Don’t forget to “LIKE” the Rosé Your Way™ Facebook Page for additional content and Rosé inspiration

 

Best Wine by a Celebrity Chef
Patina Restaurant Group
founder and celebrated Chef Joachim Splichal announces the launch of two new rosé wines, the 2017 Domaine de Cala Rosé and 2017 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé, from his family-owned and operated winery. Both wines hail from the French vineyards between Nice and Aix-en-Provence, showcasing a pale pink hue with bright and clear reflections, evoking both floral and citrus notes that delicately progress into a spicy aroma.   Very drinkable and well-priced at $15.95 for the classic Rosé and $25.95 for the Prestige Rosé, Domaine de Cala is available for purchase throughout the U.S., including all Whole Foods markets in Southern California.

 

Best Contender to Replace Whispering Angel
La Chapelle Gordonne, 2017 from Côtes de Provence ($24) won the number one coveted spot on VinePair.com for the best rose out of the top 25. Blending Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault varietals for a wine that pairs well with seafood, such as lobster, this bottle will be a perfect companion this summer to your clam bake or beach excursion.

More scientific details: Clinging to the schist hillsides of Provence, the vineyard’s grapes are picked at night in order to take advantage of low temperatures, which enhances the quality. Some grapes are macerated before fermentation in order to facilitate the extraction of color and precursors of aromas. Under the press, the first juices selection allows only the tête de cuvée to be kept. Fermentation is controlled by strictly regulating temperatures, making it possible to work cold.  Once the fermentation is completed, œnologists and cellar masters meet to decide how this vintage will be blended in accordance with strict color and organoleptic standards.

 

Favorite Wine by a Celebrity
Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017 ($18) Yes, this wine is by actress Drew Barrymore – of the entertainment dynasty – who is now a partner in a winery along with winemaker Chris Kato, and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorites on the market. On the palate, the wine is delicate with floral and light citrus aromas. Flavors of fresh red fruits, along with notes of peach and apricot intertwine with bright, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a crisp and vibrant finish. This wine pairs well with burgers, sushi and spicy dishes, and with the screw cap, should be a hit at outdoor events.

 

Most Iconic and Adorable Packaging
That adorable and iconic lifestyle Kitty now has a sweet pink wine that is pretty delicious. Produced by Torti “Tenimenti Castelrotto” and PAROLVINI, Hello Kitty Sweet Pink Sparkling Wine is a sparkling rosé demi sec that comes in a tiny but mighty 375ML gift box that should be tucked under your arm when arriving at any summer soiree. Made with chardonnay and pinot nero, the color is delicate pink with smooth floral fragrances and hints of almond – but the feel-good factor recognition is priceless at $29.95 per bottle. https://hellokittywines.swvino.com/shop/

Favorite Branded by a Hotel 
Next time you’re trying the new menu Upstairs on the roof of the Ace hotel downtown (read: nachos, tacos and quesadillas), try a glass or bottle of Ace Rosé. Yes, your favorite hip hotel has its own product that is produced and bottled exclusively for Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. And, before you go scouring the isles at Trader Joes, this wine is only available in-house by the bottle or glass at the rooftop bar or at their restaurant Best Girl. The wine, produced from Central Valley grapes and crafted by Oeno, is a nod to early traditional California winemaking and features notes of ripe apricot, savory white peach, and white tea. www.acehotel.com

 

Honorable Mention from Down Under
Cape Mentelle Rose 2016 ($16.99) We love all wines from the Margaret River region of Western Australia, known as much for scenic surf as vintages, and this fresh, vibrant expression of the traditional dry rosé style is no exception. A combination of direct pressing and saignee methods deliver delicate, fresh aromas and color and your palate will swear it’s pricier than an under $20 bottle.

Favorite Canned Rose for a BBQ
Yep, this is now a thing and while we cringed at first at the idea of a canned varietal of any kind, MANCAN has come up with a strikingly good concept and has just produced a rosé made with California grapes from Sonoma, no less. For pure convenience alone, this should be in your fridge or cooler this summer for a quick get-away or throwing food on the grill or in the smoker. http://www.mancanwine.com/shop

 

Best Out of the Box Idea
Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka 
had the good sense to jump on the trend and mix classic grapes into a bottle of their bestselling grain-vodka. It doesn’t quite pack the punch we were expecting but it’s wonderful to drink alone on ice when you’re taking it easy on the hard libations or try it garnished with lime wedges or mixed with another fruit juice in a cocktail during brunch.  http://www.hangarone.com/vodka/rose/

 

Celebrate Rosé Day LA
Finally, celebrate your love for all things pink in a glass at the debut of Rosé Day LA at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu on June 9th

To coincide with National Rosé Day, the festivities will take place on the idyllic setting of the Malibu hills estate and will include a celebrity-filled mid-summer’s day picnic celebrating all things Rosé Champagne and Rosé Wines. Musical performances by DJ’s Zen Friedman and Devin Lucien are scheduled, plus culinary experiences and Rosé food pairings by famed Iron Chef Marc Forgione, plenty of activities and instagram-worthy moments. Additional sponsors for the event include Moêt & Chandon, B.B. Rosé, Voss Water as well as charity partner The Art of Elysium. This one is not to be missed! For information and tickets: RoseDayLA.com 

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Food Network’s Ted Allen Tells Us What Not To Do For Holiday Entertaining

The star of Food Network’s Chopped, was in LA this past week to talk about his role as spokesperson for Robert Modavi Private Selection wines and his holiday entertaining tips.  If anyone knows how to throw a casual, well attended soiree with great food and presentation, it’s Ted Allen. You might remember his first gig on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, helping clueless bachelors week after week prep for dates and dinner parties.

While swirling a Mondavi cab at Soho House, Allen shared with what NOT to do this season. “The holidays are that hilarious time of year when people who never cook or entertain suddenly feel like they need to open a restaurant in their house and serve 27 courses to 57  people,” quips Allen. “They also think that is has to be something fussy or fancy. People stress themselves out, get miserable and spend too much money.”

Allen continued on to preach that novice chefs should not be ashamed to be just that. “Do we demand our non-chef relatives to cook chefy meals for us? I don’t think so.  I just want something tasty. Make a pot of chili for God sakes! Buy a loaf of bread at a bakery and make a salad, I don’t care.”

As far as the ‘theme’ goes, Allen also advises to keep it simple. “For me the theme for my party is  ‘my friends are coming over and we’re cooking’ – that’s all I need. The stereo is on and the wine is being poured. I try to encourage people to relax and have fun. Don’t ruin it with nerves.”

On the heels of that advice I decided to plan a basic cheese and wine party this year – with my first invite going out to Allen. I just hope he’ll bring plenty of  Mondavi along.