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.
1. We knew this trip was going to go well when we made our first stop into the Hôtel de Caumont Art Center in Aix and discovered a café in the most beautiful, decadent rosé-pink room. We walked around the stunning French garden, took in an exhibit on the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, and decided we live here now.
2. Lunch in the garden at the Michelin starred Château Pioline De La Pierre Reboul is not a meal we will ever forget. Chef Reboul’s inventive and whimsical spin on French classics had us eating Foie gras out of a lipstick tube and cotton candy with olive oil. It looked as divine as it tasted.
3. A breathtaking Mediterranean boat tour of the Calanques National Park, which started from the port of Cassis, was the most unexpected activity on our journey. Under a crystal clear Provence sky we explored hidden coves, mountainous rock formations, and managed a little photo shoot along the way.
4. We had dinner and celebrated at the Alain Ducasse-owned Inn, Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la celle, where the rustic Provençal cuisine included a delicious bouillabaisse, local cheese course (omg) and pistachio soufflé! We were in heaven during this meal and even landed a photo with the kitchen staff, who probably thought we were crazy.
5. Aix-en-Provence, the University town and birthplace of Paul Cézanne, is the most lovely city. We enjoyed sipping rosé while people watching on the Cours Mirabeau and shopping in the old town. There are charming fountains on hidden back streets and great little museums to pop into, including Cézanne’s final studio.
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
Livingston Manor in Upstate New York’s Sullivan County is having a major moment. On Main Street alone the relaxed town now has fireside pizza and cocktails with The Kaatskeller, a delicious bakery, Brandenburg, where the seedy loafs are a reason to fully embrace carbs, and on the weekend, ELM Garden & Floral Design are posted up with gorgeous, affordable bouquets.
All of this has been made even more elevated with Upstream Wine & Spirits, our dear friend Meg McNeil’s expertly curated wine and liquor store. (Because you can now have your Rosé and your Mezcal too in a town best known for their fly fishing!) Upstream is everything you want from a wine store, which is a friendly place where you know anything you buy is was worth trying even if it doesn’t end up being your thing. And the owner is the best! Meg is the ultimate shopgirl with impeccable taste and a boho style that both locals and Brooklynites visiting will want to emulate. If we’re making her sound crazé cool it’s because she is.
We caught up with her before she headed on a wine trip to Italy to talk about what’s in store for Fall, and more! More→
It has come to our attention, that thinking and drinking pink—and all those who participate in such pursuits—is considered by some to be “basic,” a word that is typically used to put down women and stymie their potential. As Rosé enthusiasts and professionals, we wanted to take a moment to address this misrepresentation.
Rosé is a beautiful, classic, delightful, well-crafted wine made–most of the time–by talented, hardworking people with love and extreme care. It’s so loved that Rosé production is booming and an entire industry is shifting. What’s basic about something good, that creates jobs and inspires happiness? It’s offensive to the wine, those who make it and everyone who finds pleasure when they drink it.
Why are guys who drink beer and watch football called “Bro,” but if you’re a woman who drinks Rosé, works hard and does yoga you’re labeled “Basic”?
For us, if being basic means starting a brand from scratch that brings a female perspective to a male dominated industry while inspiring other female entrepreneurs to do the same; Being able to quit a full-time job to engage in a full-time passion; Creating a positive and inclusive space for likeminded wine enthusiasts; Using a socially-driven platform to highlight a diverse and unexpected community of talented makers, while spreading joy and positivity…Then we’re proud to be basic AF.