New Orleans is well known for being a festive party town and for my first trip to the Big Easy I was prepared to indulge in all of the to-go daiquiris, muffuleta sandwiches, and beignets from Café du Monde that pop up in my Instagram feed. In addition to all that goodness, I was pleasantly surprised to find probably the best wine bar that I’ve been to in the US at Bacchanal in the Ninth Ward. It’s trulé a home away from home for rosé lovers everywhere.
Part serious wine store, part epic backyard rager, and part air conditioned cocktail bar, I visited three times in just as many days. The first trip was to pick up bottles to have on hand at the house where I was staying. There is an amazing selection on hand, including a trendy new bottling from Peyrassol (a vineyard I’ve visited in Provence) called #LOU, with the hashtag and all.
The second visit was to hang out in the backyard and drink a bottle purchased in the store while enjoying live music and Mediterranean-style munchies. There is a DIY ice bucket filling station right outside the back door to keep your wine chilled, a feature I greatly appreciate since I love rosé on ice and it was quite steamé outside. My friend and I sipped the Bacchanal house rosé (delicious!) while listening to a sweet band and eating a meat and cheese board. It was pretty much heaven.
For the third trip we had a drink at the the full upstairs bar where original craft cocktails like a mezcal and lavender concoction are served alongside wines by the glass. On my way out I bought a sick souvenir tee that is so clever it makes me jealous.
I went to visit New Orleans, but it was really a giant trip to Bacchanal. Plan a visit, you won’t be sorré! -NH
(Special shout out to the girl I spotted at the backyard table next to mine with a Yes Way Rosé toté!)
When we were recently invited to host an office parté tasting for the staff at Glamour Magazine we felt obligated to bring our É game. We love to entertain and create experiences that compliment our wine in every way and his was the perfect opportunité. We went with a summery theme that proved to be a perfect pairing with Yes Way Rosé: a modern, pink-infused French picnic. The editors seemed to enjoy themselves as there wasn’t a drop of wine left (our sign that an event was a success). Here’s what we used for the decor, food, and flowers.
Photo by Sara Kerens
One of our favorite activitiés is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to wine country to explore the region’s many delicious rosés. We liken the Central Coast of California to the Provence of America for being situated beautifully between the mountains and the sea. The cool ocean air and warm inland climate impart a flavor to the rosés that call to mind those from South of France while also being distinctly Californian. And where there’s good wine there’s good food, a priority when traveling anywhere! These are the highlights and tips from a brief but wonderful trip last month. More→
This past fall we were lucky to travel to the South of France and meet with the Yes Way Rosé winemaking team. An incredible, jam-packed three days, what made us even luckier was that we had the opportunity to mix business with pleasure. In between tasting rosé blends and selecting paper for the wine label we snuck in some memorable sightseeing (and of course good eating). We did our best to dress the part, with berets and stripes galore. How could we not? Here, our top 5 highlights. More→
Over the winter holiday I had the great pleasure of escaping the polar vortex for sunny, perfectly warm Argentina. The trip took quite a bit of planning since I wanted to explore both Buenos Aires and wine country (not exactly around the corner), but the payoff was huge. The food alone was worth it! Here are my top ten highlights from a trip that took me to Buenos Aires, Cafayate, Mendoza, and back to Buenos Aires.
1. Buenos Aires is a city that likes to parté. They start late and stay out late. Our most epic night began at Floreria Atlantico, a flower shop/wine store/speakeasy with the most incredible campari cocktail. I had a toté on me because I knew I’d want to buy a bottle. Naturallé, I picked up a Malbec Rosé with a Wonder Woman label from Riccitelli Wines. We then went to Tegui in Palermo for a modern Argentine tasting menu where they request no photos at the table. Highlights included an oyster course and duck situation. The last stop was Frank’s, recommended by our waiter, a speakeasy that required a password to get into (‘Ella Fitzgerald’) and where an Old Fashioned was served in a smoking box.
After still French Rosé, sparkling wine is our second greatest love. Popping bottles is always a beautiful thing, but when it’s PINK and FIZZY it’s taken to the next level. A few years ago we discovered that bubbles don’t need to be reserved for special occasions and it changed our perspective on parings and when to enjoy it. This is why the high-low vibe at Air’s, Ariel Arce’s Greenwich Village champagne parlor, speaks to us so much. First, the music is incredible and nothing really matters when Talking Heads and Tears for Fears are playing. You could leave happy because of the jams alone, but this is a well thought out experience from start to finish.
The wine menu is an incredibly informative and fun pocket-sized book with everything you need to know about bubbly, i.e. Champagne for Dummies. Arce clearly knows how and does her best to make ordering not intimidating. We shared a flight of three Rosés sparklers -duh- with Paul Clouet Brut Rosé Champagne, Filipa Pato Extra Bruto Rosé from Portugal, and Champagne de Sousa Brut Rosé. Each had a unique flavor profile and were pure delights, however, the Paul Clouet was the standout. After a long day each smooth sip was an instant happy explosion. For food we skipped the Caviar and opted for grilled cheese with lavender honey and french fries served with truffle aioli. While there we were already plotting who we should take there on our next visit.
Shimmying to good tunes, beautiful bubbles, and french fries is definitely a recipe for a good time. Go and pop ’til you drop!
Read our Rosé Enthusiast interview with Ariel here!
This year I got really lucké and was treated by my family to dinner at Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Per Se. It is certainly one of the best dining experiences in NYC, and now I can say one of the best I’ve ever had in my life. We started the night with a champagne toast, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose, naturallé. The 9 course tasting menu is perfectly balanced and each dish was a work of art. Even better, my belated birthday celebration happened to coincide with TRUFFLE SEASON. There is seriouslé nothing better than a simple bowl of pasta drowning in shaved truffles. Other highlights were the delicate”Oysters and Pearls” starter, which is described as “Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar, and the super tender short-rib. The final course, unassumingly called “Assortment of Desserts,” should really be called “Never Ending Desserts” as the table was covered in more delicious sweet goodness than I thought we could handle after such a incredible meal. Turns out we could. -NH
The best performances are those that you’re still thinking about weeks after you’ve seen it. This is the case for In & Of Itself, a wondrous and emotional magic show preformed by the creator Derek DelGaudio.
Upon entering the Daryl Roth Theater there is a wall of I AM cards (shown above) and you’re encouraged to take one. After a good laugh at some of the options we ended up with these two that felt rather on brand for us.
When the show starts there are stories, incredibly skilled card tricks (how he handles cards alone is magical), and illusions that are simultaneously spellbinding and touching. Your I AM card comes into play at some point, but that is all we will tell you. This is a show that should be enjoyed in person. Read a more thorough New York Times review here.
We made an even more magical night of it starting off at the bar of Union Square Cafe for a cocktail (Dirty Martini for Nikki and the Bitter Almond Negroni for Erica) and light dinner. We HIGHLÉ recommend you to do the same.
September is birthdé month at Yes Way Rosé! Naturallé we’re a couple of Virgos, just like Rosé which is generally harvested in September and Beyoncé.
After seeing this article in the September issue of Vanity Fair how could we not go to La Crémaillère in Bedford, NY for a celebration? The decision to take the train to Westchester solely for lunch at a pink table cloth French restaurant proved a great one. For a few hours it felt like we were transported to our happiest place: Provence. More→
True storé: a friend sent me a photo of Cafe ROZE over Instagram knowing I would be traveling to Nashville. I did some research and saw that Kristin Cavallari randomly was a huge fan (Nikki said this research was very Ingrid Goes West of me.) Whatever, because it was quite a surprise to pull up to this new East Nashville restaurant and find Summer Water on the menu! The design is modern with a beautiful mix of light pink, marble and cool grey (very YWR). The menu has options both healthy and comfort-y. And, did we mention they have Summer Water? GO! –EB