In the world of bubbly, Ariel Arce is probably the coolest one to watch. This native New Yorker, who cut her teeth at Chicago’s Pops for Champagne and The Office at the Aviary, has created a fresh 1920’s-inspired Greenwich Village space with Air’s Champagne Parlor. She’s a woman after our own hearts, who often wears lip prints (the logo for Air’s), while serving up an unexpected array of sparkling wine as David Bowie blasts from the speakers. We’re delighted the current cover girl of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 issue is also our latest Rosé Enthusiast!
What was the bottle that made you fall in love with Champagne? It was the first bottle of Rosé I bought for myself from Marguet, a Champagne producer in Ambonnay. I was intrigued prior, but it solidified to me the magic of the wine and how little I knew about it.
What are the most essential pink sparklers for Rosé lovers to try? Essentials are hard because there is such good Rosé sparkling. Really it comes down to what you like. I focus on Champagne and within that there are a range of styles. For Chardonnay focused I like de Sousa, which is light and floral. For Pinot Noir I go to Eric Rodez, which was the old winemaker for Krug and who knows how to find finesse and elegance with Pinot. For the unique and bold I love Bereche et Fils Campagne Reminis, which is aged on cork and has a soft velvety character that I will describe as lying naked on a bear skin rug while a chenille blanket is slowly pulled down your body.
What are your go-to songs when popping bottles? Music and wine is all about how you’re feeling. If relaxing I want a little Patsy Cline and Willie & Waylon. If we are getting started, some Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. And disco and funk is always great.
What is your favorite rosé bubbly and holiday food pairing? H. Billiot Rosé, a blend of mostly pinot with a little chardonnay and tastes like raspberries and tangerines kills with ham or pork. Something with a lot of fat and flavor and salt.
Read more about our visit to Air’s here!
Aurora James, the Creative Director and founder of sustainable accessoriés label Brother Vellies, has been a long term ambassador of everything pink. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner is often seen wearing the color on the red carpet, appeared on the cover of Domino Magazine last year in her very blush apartment, and uses the most perfect hue for her chic footwear. (These boots were made for Rosé drinking!) We’re honored to talk pink with this boss ladé and Rosé Enthusiast.
When did your love affair with pink start? Why do you love it so much? To be honest, I have always really loved pink. That may come from being named after a Disney Princess. I go a little overboard sometimes. My bedroom in high school was pink and green; I was basically living inside of a watermelon. Our Brother Vellies store is extremely blushy and the showroom is carpeted in pink.
What is your favorite rosé-hued possession? I really love our Papaye Tufted Dhara Sandals. Those are the perfect accoutrement to a glass of rosé. I have many many favorite rose hued possessions, but I thought of those first so I’ll stick with it!
What’s your favorite way to stop and drink the rosé? I’m a sucker for a good outdoor rosé moment with close friends, maybe in the Hamptons or an evening in Malibu. I fell in love with Summer Water in Palm Springs last winter. I escaped from New York to sleep under some Palm Trees when suddenly a staff member at the Ace Hotel handed me a glass. Its basically been my first rosé love ever since. (Editor’s Note: Thank you, Aurora!).
Ryan Arnold, aka @wine_ryan, is the man to know if you love wine in Chicago, and beyond. As the wine director and sommelier for Lettuce Entertain You he’s in charge of curating the wine lists at several top dining establishments, each focused on a different style of cuisine. Since he knows his way around a pairing, we asked to him pick his current favorites for the summer. Read below to find out what to eat with a wine called Sex, and more. More→
Heather Andersen, the easygoing, super stylish, pink-loving founder of New York Pilates, embodies what Yes Way Rosé is all about. She is ambitious and hard working while clearly able to kick back and have a grand old time. We suggest taking one of her classes at their very rosé-hued studio on Bowery and following @newyorkpilates for some serious daily motivation.
Why is Pilates and then Rosé a good idea? It’s not :), but sometimes being bad feels so good. For me, Pilates and Rosé sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon pairing. Right and tight followed by loose and carefree. Throw in some shopping for ultimate weekend bliss!
What is your favorite Rosé? I love Provence or other dry Rosés. I’ve actually recently been obsessing over unfiltered orange wines – the trend is happening now and you heard it here first people. They taste so fresh and earthy and tend to be naturally produced. Yum!
What does “Rosé Vibes” mean to you? Rosé vibes is summer in a bottle.
When we started Yes Way Rosé four years ago as newbies immersing ourselves in the wine industry, this beautiful lady was our first friend. Introduced by a mutual good buddy, Meg was until recently working as the manager and buyer for Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint, the best wine shop in all of Brooklyn. Meg was generous with us from the get go, more than willingly enlightening two fashion industry gals about glorious pink wine. Now we are all besties and after so many bottles who can really remember how it all started? This summer Meg is branching out on her own with Upstream Wine & Spirits in Upstate New York, which will surely be the #1 new reason to visit the Catskills (move over fly fishing)! Here’s why she loves her rosé.
I love rosé because no matter what time of year you’re drinking it, it’s a reminder of warm days, and carefree good times. And because there is actually so much variety of pink wine in the world- there is literally a rosé for every dish and occasion and I like the unexpectedness of pairing rosé with a meal and saying “look how fun this is! But also take it seriously.”
Photo by Nicole Franzen
Anna Sheffield, the woman behind both her namesake fine jewelry label and Bing Bang is a total pink person. Just follow her inspiring Instagram feed or browse her selection of stunning baubles and see pieces like the Emma Bloom Bouquet studs, earrings that reflect the most vibrant array of rosé, her drink of choice. “I love it because it’s pink and like drinking a summery day wrapped up in rose gold, even in the winter.” We agree wholeheartedlé.
On screen Abigail Spencer is known for starring on Timeless and Rectify, as well as memorable supporting roles on Suits, Mad Men, and Hawthorne. Off screen, among many other things, she is a passionate and incredibly stylish Rosé Enthusiast. That she was named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People this year came as no surprise to us. Here, Abigail talks to us about one of her great loves: ROSÉ.
Why do you love the pink stuff so much?
I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating this. It’s the perfect shade of blush pink and aesthetically pleasing to a fault. I don’t like white, I’m not always in the mood for red, and other than tequila I don’t drink hard alcohol. So for me it’s Rosé, champagne and tequila all the way. It doesn’t give me a headache. And it’s like bringing the South of France to me wherever I am. When I discovered Rosé i couldn’t believe the world had been hiding this magical concoction from me for so long. More→
Meet Whitney Adams, a sommelier, you-tuber, and all-around hilarious person.
What are your favorite rosé pairings? After coming off a magical bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs, where we drank A LOT of Summer Water, I can say that rosé is all about fun and sunny times with my favorite people. Days that you wish could just go on forever, and with pink wine in glass, it usually does, or at least ends up being a VERY interesting night. Also, ice cold rosé is all about hot dogs right off the grill and preferably next to a pool (with a donut float). That pairing is just my favorite thing on the planet, other than the one I have with my fiancé, of course.
Meet Gigi Burris, the New York-based milliner whose breathtaking hats and headbands are the ultimate summer accessorés.
What is your earliest memory of rosé? I have this romanticized memory of being on a road trip with my college friend Nina and her glamorous mother Nora. It was my first time in Europe, and we drove down to Provence from Paris. I was 20, and it was there that I tried Rosé for the first time. It was magical, and I distinctly remember the windy air and the specialty and sophistication I felt when drinking it. Rosé hadn’t gained the popularity it now holds in the US, so it had this exotic and European feeling. It’s a very cherished memory.