La Nuit en Rosé was the “world’s first festival dedicated exclusively to summers favorite drink, rosé wine”. What began in New York City in 2014 has expanded to Los Angeles, Miami and the Hamptons.
In New York this year the festival took place on May 10-11 with an afternoon and an evening session both days. The event was held on the Hornblower yacht which is docked at Pier 40 on the Hudson River just west of Houston Street in lower Manhattan.
The yacht had three floors of rosé wines that included a VIP room on the top floor which served exclusive wines and food. The rest of the boat had plenty of rosé from around the world to keep everyone busy. Nibbles included cheeses from President cheese company, lobster rolls and oysters from the Lobster Joint and risotto from Risoteria Melotti. A DJ provided the music.
In the warmer months I enjoy a nice glass of rosé. I like to think of these wines as the sweatpants of the wine world; easy going with nothing to make a fuss about. I attended the Saturday afternoon session as I usually do and in the past the weather has not been optimal for what I would like for a day cruising the Hudson River but this afternoon was a beautiful Spring day and perfect for a cruise around lower Manhattan while sipping on a glass of rosé on deck. This is a popular event and the stylishly dressed crowd (mostly women as it turned out) enjoyed the cruise and the wines.
Some of the wines I sampled:
NV Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé (California)
NV Segura Viudas Brut (Spain)
2108 Gerard Bertrand JOA (France)
2018 Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc (France)
2018 Chateau Robine La Rosé (France)
2018 Chateau Auguste (France)
2018 Chateau Berne Romance (France)
2017 Ultimate (France)
2018 Listel Grain de Gris (France)
2018 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre (France)
2018 Barton & Guestier Reserve (France)
2018 Barton & Guestier Tourmaline (France)
2018 Mouton Cadet (France)
2018 Lu ientu (Italy)
2018 Grecia Salento (Italy)
2018 JNSQ Rosé Cru (California)
2018 Bonterra (California)
2018 Day Owl (California)
2018 Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir (California)
2018 Erath (Oregon)