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2018's Most Anticipated Rosé Releases!

2018's Most Anticipated Rosé Releases!

There must be something in the air when rosé release season starts...our spidey-senses are on full alert as the pretty pink-hued bottles are hitting the shelves. When the 2017 vintage arrived, we were particularly excited because we now have friends in the rosé biz (perhaps due to our fanatisizum on social media) and naturally we wanted to support them and their endeavors.

So off to George's we went. A little back story here, we have a good friend George, who also shares this rosé appreciation, and once every couple months, we bring what we think is "way too many" bottles over to his house and we proceed to drink them all. What results is what we call "rosé poisoning" which is really just us not knowing when to stop enjoying all the pretty pink wines. 

Back to the story. We collected four bottles (and one can) of what we were most excited to try...and we were naturally very pleased with all the contenders. All were dry, thoughtfully crafted and accessible online or at a fine rosé purveyor near you. 

What we enjoyed and you should too: 


Interview with Erica and Nikki from YES WAY ROSÉ

Interview with Erica and Nikki from YES WAY ROSÉ

Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir have been tearing it up on the rosé scene as of late. Their newest project, in partnership with Target, has Yes Way Rosé bottles on Target shelves across the country. AND, the perfectly pale pink wine is delicious! These two uber creative ladies, and best friends, parlayed an inside joke into a very clever Instagram handle that took off. Now, with two delicious rosés under their belt, Summer Water and Yes Way Rosé, business is booming. We met Erica back in 2016 at a delightful brunch at The Standard in Manhattan, and of course, bonded as fellow rosé fanatics and business adventurers. I asked Erica five questions, getting the skinny on what she snacks on when rosé-ing, hot spots to score rosé in NYC and what's next for these two business-savvy women...

Is there a bottle of rosé, or rosé moment, that started it all for you?  

We wish we could pin it to an exact moment or bottle, but it was really like once we started sipping French rosé it became a big part of our lives.  It was love at first taste.  

What’s your favorite snack to accompany a glass of rosé? 

For snacking I love most types of cheese, olives, popcorn, berries, chips and guac or a spicy salsa.  

Where do you plan to enjoy Yes Way Rosé this summer? 

We've been hard at work this winter in New York and can not wait to kick back.. anywhere warm! I'll be drinking it wherever my friends and family are so we can enjoy together. Wherever Nikki and I travel I'm sure we'll be toting a bottle around with us too.    

Any NYC local spots that you’re digging the wine list recently? 

We just went to Cote for a celebratory dinner and had amazing cocktails, including their popular Friesling, and then a bottle of Burgundy rosé with dinner. Their sommelier Victoria James has impeccable taste and the wine list has a robust rosé section (always a good sign.)  At Masa Takayama's new more casual Tribeca spot Tetsu we ordered sake and for desert sipped spiced hot cocoa with amaro.  We left very happy customers.  We're dying to check out Legacy Records from the team behind Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. If those restaurants are any indication this wine list is going to be off the hook.  

What’s next for Yes Way Rosé?  

We just released Yes Way Rosé wine and are going to support and grow the wine along with our lifestyle products.  And we are in the midst of writing a Yes Way Rosé book (!) that will be out next year. 

Winery Review -Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

It’s rare to have a new winery open in Napa. With so many brands competing for space and permits, it’s a difficult road and many decide it’s not for them. So, we were delighted to see a new, modern building go up, viewable from highway 29 and only 10 minutes from downtown. After opening late last summer, it has been slowly building its faithful audience of stylish tasters looking for an alternative to tasting in a packed wine bar.  

We overheard someone call it the Scribe of Napa…which after visiting both, I can see why. Ashes and Diamonds allows its guest to do what so many wineries do not, to relax. Wine is about being social, mingling with the table next to you and sipping your wines with views of the vineyards.

While seated in low, mid-century conversational seating areas, you taste 4 wines, all delicious, and made by some of Napa’s most well-esteemed winemakers.

Our favs were the Blanc, the Cabernet Franc and the Grand Vin….but they let us know their rosé would release soon, so we will naturally be back to enjoy it in their lovely Adirondack chairs on the patio!

To note, they have interesting workshops and speakers come to the winery so check out their events page!