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.
’Tis the season to be jollé, to indulge in decadent flavors by the fireplace, and get cozy with a classic movie. Combine the joy of all three with our trio of festive Christmas cocktails! Each is infused with delicate Yes Way Rosé Bubbles and inspired by our favorite holiday flicks.
All I Want for Christmas is You, and You, and Youuuuu, Babé! Love is superbly complicated in this seasonal classic that gives you all of the feels, which is why our holiday glass of romance is filled with flavors that are a touch sweet, citrusy, spicy, and sparklé. The red rose petal garnish brings the drama we all know and love in the film. Pro tip: Make a large batch of this in advance of a holiday soirée and simply top with the Bubbles when serving! More→
We are so proud to announce our first book, Yes Way Rosé: A Guide to the Pink Wine State of Mind! A work of literaré nonfiction, we worked hard over the past year to create a book that represents why we, and you, are enamored with rosé. A labor of love, friendship, and rosé, it will be released on April 9th by Running Press and is available for pre-order now! The photography is by the one and onlé Sara Kerens. More to come! Click here to pre-order your copy.
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!
We are bubbling over with excitement (sorry, we had to!) to announce Yes Way Rosé Bubbles, a beautiful brut rosé from the South of France. Crisp and effervescent with delicate bubbles, the 100% Grenache pink sparkler reveals refreshing notes of white wildflowers, stone fruit, and pink grapefruit zest.
Yes Way Rosé Bubbles, aka Bubblé, complements both salty snacks and sweet treats. It makes a lovely accompaniment to all of your favorite foods and ours: popcorn, french fries, cookies, and cake. The wine’s easygoing versatilité also makes for a perfect pairing with festive holiday meals.
A match for both special occasions and everyday toasting, enjoy Yes Way Rosé Bubbles at at times that are celebratoré, or any day, reallé.
Yes Way Rosé Bubbles will be first introduced at most Target stores in October 2018.
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.
All is well in the summer when there’s extra time to open a good book with a bottle of pink wine. These are Erica’s current picks with a range that will make you laugh, cry, and want to host a very thoughtful soirée.
Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes
This intimate and epic rock ‘n’ roll biographé goes deep into the life of the music legend. It shows how Petty’s prolific catalogue is not the result of luck, but focused hard work, a tireless drive to succeed, wild talent, and the magic that happens when it all clicks together. There’s also plenty of behind-the-scenes gossip and juicy details, plus Stevie Nicks if you needed any more convincing.
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
A guide to hosting events of all kinds, this book will change how you go about planning everything from your next meeting to birthday party to rosé tasting. Parker challenges societal norms to create more meaningful and memorable experiences for all involved. I will be consulting it regularlé as we plan events for YWR.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This inspirational and powerful page-turner is a coming-of-age memoir about how Westover, raised with no formal education (and who had a totally crazy and heartbreaking childhood), would go on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge. I don’t want to give away too much, but buy now, read now.
Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking by Marissa A. Ross
Drinking wine is fun and for those not studying to become a sommelier reading about it should be too. Marissa approaches wine and specifically her true passion, natural wine, with a sense of humor so you can lol and learn what this whole vino thing is about at the same time.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
As someone who is still best friends with her childhood camp friends, this novel was an emotional roller coaster. The character-driven story follows a group of camp friends through adulthood and all of the drama that unfolds over the years. It left me in tears (just being honest!) and got me beyond excited to read Wolitzer’s latest, The Female Persuasion, since I’m a few years behind.
Hello to our beloved Yes Way Communité!
We hope that you are all having a wonderful summer.
We want to take the opportunité to offer some transparencé with what we are up to at YWR. This summer has been incredible as we’ve launched our Yes Way Rosé signature wine, a refreshing pink delight from the South of France, and are hard at work on more goodness to bring to you. There will be new launches coming soon (stay tuned!), as well as the release of our Yes Way Rosé book next spring! We are so excited to share all of it with you.
It has come to our attention during the rosé-filled summer that there is some confusion with regards to our current affiliation with the wine, Summer Water. We’d like to clarify that Yes Way Rosé is no longer working with Winc and that Summer Water rosé is no longer a Yes Way Rosé affiliated product.
While many of you know the story of how Yes Way Rosé created Summer Water in collaboration with Winc, a long term partnership was not in the cards for our two brands. The experience will always be a part of our story and we are incredibly appreciative to all of you who supported us in that chapter.
As always, our goal is to spread joy and positivité through all that rosé inspires. We are grateful that you continue to support and share that mission.
Erica + Nikki