On our third annual sojourn to the land of rosé we experienced something we have not encountered yet: a rainy day. A rare occurrence in the south of France, this was actually good news for the grapes and therefore good for us. After the unexpected rain delay, we were off to work, taste, and explore. As usual, Provence did not disappoint. Here are our top spots from the trip.
We finally had the chance to stay at Le Pigonnet in Aix-en Provence, a hotel in an 18th-century mansion with a wildly romantic courtyard and floral garden. Located within walking distance to the museum and shopping-filled University town of Aix, you get the best of all worlds here with a countryside feel and vibrant nearby city.
Lunch in the quaint garden at Les Sarments in Puyloubier, a delightful little village at the foothills of the Saint Victoire mountain that’s surrounded by vineyards, is an experience that will make you think, “this is a mighté fine day.” The restaurant offers everything you want out of a 3+ course lunch in Provence: seasonal ingredients, creative flavor combinations, and an elevated rustic presentation. Pro tip: do the cheese course. We took a stroll after to check out the charming little squares and fountains in Puyloubier and fell in love with all of the bright Provence-blue shutters.
Somewhere between Saint Victoire and Aix is a roadside fruit stand that we had to pull a u-turn to stop in. Typical in Provence, we found gorgeous produce (and a gorgeous proprietor) and picked up fresh fruit inspired by the tasting notes of our still wine. We learned to always stop the car when we see a cute fruit stand.
After a few days in the countryside, we moved east for a quick visit to Antibes on the French Riviera. We walked along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town and indulged in Pissaladière (pizza with onions, anchovies, and pizza that originated in Nice) from Boulangerie Veziano before cruising around glamorous Port Vauban harbor, where mega-yachts of the rich and famous are lined up and the sleekest Ferris wheel ever can be found. We took in sunset with Yes Way Rosé on a little rocky beach we stumbled upon and enjoyed dinner at the truly divine L’Arazur.
During our two nights in Antibes, we stayed at Hotel Imperial Garoupe at Cap d’Antibes, a rather fancy Mediterranean villa-style hotel next to Garoupe Beach where speedos on older gentlemen are plentiful. The pool and gardens, particularly on the walk to the beach, are breathtaking. The hotel calls to mind a fabulous time in the south of France from the 1920s-60s that’s captured in the must-read The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society by Mary S. Lowell.
Photos by Sara Kerens.
As far as travel destinations go to enjoy a rosé-filled getaway, Hawaii is about as good as it gets. Each sunset offers a memorable moment for a glass. And since our wine is widely available across the islands, said rosé can be Yes Way Rosé! We recently traveled to Oahu for the first time to meet with some of our retailers, host an event at a local Target, and shoot a dreamy summer campaign that captures YWR in all of its gloré. It was a tough job that someone had to do and we think we did just fine! Here are our highlights from an amazing trip to paradise. Aloha!
1. Waikiki Beach
Waikiki was our home base throughout the trip and we found that the hustle and bustle did not take from the relaxed island vibe. The sand was lush and the calm waves perfect for swimming. We sipped oat lattés from Olive & Oliver at the Surfjack Hotel, ate lunch at Bills Hawaii, and after an exhausting day of shooting had a hearty meal at classic Roy’s. We couldn’t believe that so much high-end luxury shopping was in such close proximity to the beach and we checked out every Hawaiian shirt store on Kalakaua Avenue.
2. Sunset at Diamond Head Beach
The first night we took in the sunset at Diamond Head Beach. Our photographer’s grandparents had carved their names in a tree there when they were stationed in Hawaii for WWII and she wanted to try and find it. As soon as we got there and saw hundreds of trees we realized finding it would be impossible, but that with its breathtaking views and tide pools romance is definitely in the air.
3. The Royal Hawaiian
During the early days of Yes Way when our world first started to become very pink, we discovered – via Instagram – The Royal Hawaiian. We decided then that it was a place we would have to visit at some point in our lives. We were thrilled to be able to finallé cross it off our bucket list! Opened in 1927, the iconic resort, known as “The Pink Palace” has a storied history. In modern times it’s become a choice locale for fellow rosé-pink lovers across the globe. We relished our stay there and indulged in the guava raspberry pancakes and countless photo opportunités.
LA, we’re coming for you! Next week we’ll be signing copies of Yes Way Rosé: A Guide to the Pink Wine State of Mind along with bottles of our wine at the following locations. Come say hey and let’s talk rosé!
Monday, May 6th
Target West Hollywood
7100 Santa Monica Blvd #201
Tuesday, May 7th
10861 Weyburn Avenue
Wednesday May, 8th
Ralphs Santa Monica
1644 Cloverfield Blvd
Thursday, May 9th
Gelson’s Manhattan Beach
707 N Sepulveda
We hope to to see you there.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the year for Yes Way Rosé is when we travel to the South of France in the fall to work with our wine team on the new vintage. To spend time in the motherland of rosé, visiting the vineyards and facilities where Yes Way Rosé and Yes Way Rosé Bubbles are produced, is a dream come true. We are doubly fortunate to have bonus time while there to tour the beautiful countryside and try the local cuisine. Here are the highlights from our last trip in September! Click over to Pinterest too and check out our South of France board, where have added (and will continue to add) these images and links. Hopefullé you peruse and immediately plan a trip the greatest place on earth.
We stayed at Domaine de Fontenille, a modern château in the Luberon with everything you could want in a Provence hotel: an on-site vineyard where their house wine is made, a beautiful pool, a Michelin-starred classic French restaurant, rose gardens, and a decadent breakfast spread with the most divine patisseries.
We drove west to Camargue, a natural wonderland and western Europe’s largest river delta situated where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean sea. The area is known for its wild white horses, pink flamingos (which devastainglé had migrated by the time of our visit), black bulls, salt flats, and pink lakes. For us, finding a pink body of water is like winning the lotteré so this visit was a spectacular treat. The water turns this striking color because of algae that produces a red pigment from the sun. During a trip to Camargue you must also stop in Aigues-Mortes, an enclosed medieval town that upon entering is surprisingly bustling with restaurants, shops, and people who actually live there. We enjoyed a special several-course lunch at Hôtel Restaurant Villa Mazarin and left drunk on life.
We discovered that the South of France has their own version of Colorado, too. In Rustrel in the Luberon, Le Colorado Provencal is comprised of ochre quarries and hiking trails with breathtaking views. This was the point of the trip where we definitely made a scene, taking photos wearing all pink outfits with bottles of Yes Way for an out-of-this-world space age vibe. Luckily, our wine partners are now used to our photo shoot antics.
In nearby, Roussillon, a fabulous village between the Luberon hills and Monts de Vaucluse, the town appears to be entirely pink because it is positioned in one of the largest deposits of ochre pigments in the world. Lunch with rosé there on a perfect fall day was heavenlé.
In always charming Aix-en-Provence we had an afternoon meeting in the floral gardens at Hotel Le Pigonnet, which truly exemplified mixing business with pleasure. We will be returning ASÉP.
In a land where tequila and mezcal rule, rosé vibes still reign supreme! During a quick 72-hour visit to the sprawling, traffic-laden city (with over 20 million people it’s overwhelming to say the least) we covered as much ground as possible. With all of the incredible parks, restaurants, and art, we can’t wait to go back and make a real dent. These were the highlights from a few days sprinting around.
Dinner At Rosetta Restaurante
Who knew that out-of-this-world Italian food existed in Mexico City? At this charming restaurant in a converted mansion in Roma Norte, inventive and mouthwatering pasta dishes (think gnocchi with baked tomatoes and eel) take you to whole new culinary universe. Adding to the magic is eating in the romantic leafy patio.
Lunch at Contramar
A seafood hot spot on everyone’s list, the highly photographed signature whole fish prepared half in adobe chili and half in a parsley rub did not disappoint. The tuna tostadas are so light (and good) you feel like you could eat a million and the well-suited crowd give off a strong power-lunching vibe.
The Blue House – Frida Kahlo Museum
The Frida Kahlo Museum, also called the Blue House, is Kahlo’s family home where she grew up, painted, lived with Diego Rivera, and would also pass way. This is a special place with vibrant colors and a stunning courtyard that give off a sense of the electric artist who lived there.
CASA LUIS BARRAGÁN
For pink obsessives like us, walking into almost every room of the famous Mexican architect’s residence and studio had us hyperventilating. His shocking use of color (that pink), natural light, clean lines, and iconic modern design features like his floating staircase, are not to be missed. Make a reservation for a small guided tour when you book your trip!
El Moro | Churrería desde 1935
Treat yourself to the divine sugary churros at this long-time favorite with several locations around the city. For a bonus, try the mini churro sandwiches filled with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream.
Condesa DF Hotel: CONDESA DF
Order a mezcal margarita after arriving to this stylish boutique hotel designed by India Mahdavi. The rooftop bar has some of the best views around.
Museo Soumaya: Museo Soumaya
The gleaming sculptural structure of this art museum, surrounded by beautiful roses (!), houses an extensive collection of work by Rodin and other prolific European and Mexican artists.
One of the highlights of Yes Way Rosé Bubbles is how it pairs deliciouslé with both sweet treats and salty snacks. It’s a magical thing when a wine tastes as good with popcorn as it does with strawberry shortcake, but that’s the beauty of the bubblé. Below, find our current favorites to prep when popping a bottle.
Bubbles meets Bagel
The sparkling brut rosé, zippy with long-lasting bubbles, is truly perfect for all of your brunching needs. It compliments a bagel with all of the fixings and pancakes, so go splitsies with your friend and enjoy the best of both worlds.
It’s Cookié Time
Aka the best time. When you’re craving something sweet, try Bubbles with a classic sugar cookie. We’re obsessed with these from the Rounds NYC, which come in an array of gorgeous pinks and other custom colors.
Yes Way Sushé
Crisp bubbles + salty soy = perfection. Elevate a sushi deliveré with a glass or two. Bon Appétit!
In the past year while preparing for the release of our Yes Way Rosé signature rosé we have spent quite a bit of time in our new and unexpected home away from home… Minneapolis, Minnesota! Both Targét’s and our wine importer’s HQ are located there, so we’ve had the opportunity to explore what the city has to offer on several occasions. We could of never predicted that the Twin Cities would become a regular Yes Way destinétion, but we’re pleasantly surprised every time we visit and carve out a little time to scope out the scene. Here is what we’ve found so far.
The North Loop in the historic Warehouse District, adjacent to Downtown Minneapolis, is a neighborhood booming with cool restaurants, stores, bars and breweries. Dinner at Spoon and Stable, where James Beard Award winning chef Gavin Kaysen prepares delectable seasonal fare in a big open kitchen, has been a top highlight. (There’s also a glass wine cellar on the dining room floor adding to the element of transparency). We were obsessed with the food, particularly the presentation of bread and butter with the latter served on a scrap of black and white marble.
The Bachelor Farmer is the perfect place to try wines from from hard-to-find independent producers because of a chalkboard system that allows you to order a glass from a bottle that’s already been open, and open any bottle without buying the whole thing. It’s a dream situation that everyone in the restaurant benefits from! We love their glassware, printed with a small red heart, and the hearty regional fare.
Located underneath of the Bachelor Farmer is a hip speakeasy, Marvel Bar, with an inventive cocktail list that definitely requires some decoding. That is unless you know what Araki, Farigoule or cascara are without googling. After heavily consulting our waiter the favorite was a refreshing cocktail on the simple side called Savvy. B with white wine, ginger, and seltzer.
Also worth checking out in the North Loop: Fairgrounds Cafe, Grethen House, Hewing Hotel.
Minneapolis’s internationally renowned Walker Art Center is a cultural must on trip to the city for its contemporary art shows, sculpture garden (featuring Claes Oldenberg’s Spoonbridge and Cherry as the centerpiece), and one of the best museum gift shops around.
The Lynhall, up the street from the Walker, came highly recommended from our friends at Cherrybombe via their Instagram. The bakery/cafe/bar is airy and ideal for a working lunch, with insanely delicious baked goods and a polenta breakfast with shredded vegetables that we will be going back for.
Stop by the recently upgraded Hum’s Liquor Store for plentiful rosé and a selection of intriguing bottles, including this very Liz Phair-circa-1993 label from Saint K in Paso Robles that we had to pick up.
On the other side of the Mississippi River near the University of Minnesota is Alma, a hotel, fine-dining restaurant, and cafe in one. We had a celebratory meal in the fine dining restaurant on one occasion and brunch in the cafe on another. Both were divine.
Further north is the Northrup King Building, a cool industrial artist’s space that we discovered when we went to meet Minneapolis-based artist Ashley Mary at her studio. We first learned about Ashley’s work when we saw a gorgeous screen-printed bottle of rosé she designed as a collaboration with Minuty. We deeply connected to her overall aesthetic and graphic sensibility and thought it was fate when we found out she lives in Minnesota. After posting the bottle and making an Insta-connection we set up a visit and became even more enthralled with both her and her work. Visit the building on a Saturday for Open Studios and hope that Ashley is there. If not, there are several other galleries, furniture designers, and artist studios to explore and you can shop her work on her site.
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.