National Rosé Day, the second Saturday in June, is coming up this weekend. To celebrate at home, in partnership with Discover the Hamptons’ virtual National Rosé Weekend from June 11 to June 14, I have curated some fun ways to celebrate the occasion, including delicious food pairings, activities, and even some yoga classes to enjoy before a little poolside libation.
Sip And Savor
On the North Fork, meet one of the newest arrivals: RGNY Vineyard, located in Riverhead. “RGNY’s Scielo Rosé is part of a line characterized by its young, fruit-forward notes,” said CEO Maria Rivero González. “Left unfiltered during the winemaking process — a cornerstone of RGNY’s production method — the result is a more natural, drier wine that packs a punch with its Malbec addition. Although complex, it pairs perfectly with the simpler things in life: like drinking with friends on a hot summer day.” Come by the vineyard for pickup, located at 6025 Sound Avenue.
National Rosé Weekend partner Southampton Inn has recently created the Great American Picnic. The picnic has a fabulous Cote du Provence rosé, watermelon rosé margaritas and Frosé (it’s a secret!) with assorted Pinwheels, fruit and cheese boards, and the picnic favorite, fried chicken.
Anneris Blair of Montauk Wine Company could not have said it better: “Rosé is such a versatile wine to pair with many foods. Lately, we are enjoying our rosé with Spanish paella. We also enjoy it with locally caught fish such as fluke, or sea bass with couscous and grilled local zucchini or asparagus. It is very easy to pair and delicious year-round.”
To celebrate National Rosé Weekend, Calissa in Water Mill plans to offer a rotating menu of mezze items paired with fantastic rosés from around the world. The pairings are available for takeout. Delicious options on the menu include: Lamb meatballs with tomato, cumin, and basil paired with La Spinetta Tuscan Rosé; and gluten free Pt. Judith crispy calamari with lemon aioli and Bomba Calabrese paired with Out East Provence Rosé.
Gabriella Macariof Macari Vineyards on the North Fork recently discovered one of her favorite pairings to date. She ordered the pre-marinated cilantro lime shrimp from Center Cuts Roslyn and tossed it in with some pasta with butter. An unbelievable combination! Center Cuts will deliver out east. Macari’s 2019 Rosé was just released. It is an elegant blend of Merlot and Malbec. Macari Vineyards is located in Mattituck on 150 Bergen Road.
Our friends at Tipsy Scoop recommend the Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé, Spain. “Pair desserts like orange pound cake, lemon pie, and raspberry cheesecake with a sweet sparkler from Valencia, Spain. Bright carnation pink in color with pearly bubbles, notes of mandarin peel and sweet, tropical flavors will transport you to an entirely new level of summertime happiness,” according to the Tipsy Scoop team. You can also find Tussock Jumper at East Hampton Wines and Spirits, and Long Wharf Wines in Sag Harbor.
Peace Of Mind
As part of National Rosé Weekend, The Baker House is hosting a virtual free Vinyasa yoga class in its sunken garden on Saturday, June 13, from 12 to 12:45 PM that will be done live on its Instagram @bakerhouse1650 and will include guests from the Baker House.
The class will be followed by a live tasting event from its rosé partners Beach Juice Co. Luzern Labs will also be providing a skincare pack for each guest participating outdoors that includes a moisturizer and sunscreen. The weekend will also include a live tour of the Baker House property for guests that have not yet stayed there before, hosted by property owner, Antonella Bertello.
Classes will be taught by Alissa Striano, who will be hosting a total of four classes over the weekend called: “Yoga. Namaste. Rosé.” Southampton Inn and White Fences Inn will also be hosting classes.
How Locals Are Sipping On Rosé
“I love rosé and so excited to have my own Nicole Miller rosé now!” said fashion designer Nicole Miller. “The last few months at home I have been experimenting with different rosé cocktails, and one of my favorite rosé cocktails I have made is French 75. It is great new take on a mimosa. You combine:
1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp of sugar or simple syrup
1 oz gin or vodka
Shake it up, and add 1 oz of rosé, and top it off with champagne! It’s the perfect summer cocktail!”
National Rosé Weekend is presented by The Shopkeepers and East End Taste. All proceeds will support the year-round business community’s COVID-19 recovery.