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.
Yes Way Rosé puts a modern spin on classic Provençal-style rosé. A label that started–of all places–on Instagram, it was created in the South of France and represents our dream turned into a realité.
We tried about 15 blends of rosé while in France, not a bad day at the office, to find the rosé that we could truly call Yes Way Rosé. We landed on a super fresh, delicate wine that reveals notes of strawberry, citrus, and white peach. Dry and almost too easy drinking, it’s pure pink deliciousness.
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Yes Way Versatilité! Our rosé is a perfect match with a wide variety of flavors, including grilled seafood dishes, roast chicken, and cheese… lots of cheese. The ultimate pairing, however, is enjoying a bottle chilled (while chilling) with friends.
We are proud to announce the launch of our signature rosé! The French rosé you can actually say is a classic Provençal blend with notes of strawberry, citrus, and white peach. The wine will be introduced in most Target stores nationwide on March 4th. Yes Way Targét! For more information read here.
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.
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But Jay-Z’s champagne isn’t one.
Beyoncé is one step removed from this pricey bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac Rosé bubblé. The high end champagne brand, which releases five prestige cuvées crafted by 11th-generation growers from the Cattier family, is owned by her hubbé Jay-Z. Nicknamed “Ace of Spades,” for those in the know, the heavy pink metallic bottle is like a coat of armor for the bubbles, further protected by a lacquered black gift box. The assemblage is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay from a trifecta of vintages; 2009, 2010 and 2012. The bright pink hue is achieved from 15% of still red wine harvested from old Pinot Noir vines.
We don’t normally hold on to bottles for that long, but we’ve been saving this for the perfect Queen Bey worthy occasion. Being north of $500 seems like a good reason to wait. Right? You can’t knock the hustle and we’ve been hustling! That said, it’s getting popped imminentlé.
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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!
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.