Few things instantly brighten up a day than drinking a glass of Rosé al fresco. Times that by 10 if it’s over 100 rosés varieties from more than 50 different vineyards representing the Old and New Worlds that are served under an open sky with The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as backdrop while aboard a Hornblower Yacht.
If the idea appeals then get on the annual La Nuit en Rosé cruise. As the name suggests, it is a rosé festival on the water and affords wine novices and aficionados alike the opportunity to taste a very comprehensive array of rosés. From Provence, Languedoc Roussillon and the Loire Valley in France (just to name a few areas) to Abruzzo, Bardolino and Tuscany and other regions in Italy — and numerous other winemaking countries — virtually all rosé producing countries were in attendance.
Some highlights from the 2017 edition of La Nuit en Rosé include:
Pommery, Brut Rosé (33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 33% Pinot Meunier)
Vranken, Demoiselle Rosé (85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir)
Le Val, Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Noir (100% Pinot Noir)
Mas de Daumas Gassac, Rosé Frizant, 2016 ( 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% blend of Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, Petit Manseng and Muscat)
Sieur D’arques, Premier Bullet, 2015
Ackerman, Cremant de Loire Rosé Brut Sparkling (100% Cabernet Franc)
Western Cape, South Africa
Boschendal, Brut Rosé (85% blend of Pinot Noir andPinotage and 15% Chardonnay)
Fattoria Sardi, Rosé, “Le Cicale,” 2016 ( Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Vermentino and additional white grapes)
California, The United States
Love and Hope, Rosé, 2015 (Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah)
L’Objet Wines, La Femme Mystique, Rosé, 2016
La Chapelle Gordonne, 2016 (80% Black Grenache and 20% Syrah)
Chateau d ‘ Esclans, Les Clans, 2015 (Grenache and Rolle)
Some rose’s work best with food. Cheeses from President label, pastas from Garofalo and Urbani truffle infused risotto from Risotteria Melotti among others provided rosé food pairing opportunities while Badoit sparkling and still water provided a non alcoholic option to wash it all down.