Wednesday, March 29, 2017

'NY State of Rosé' an international tasting event

Fans of rosé wines, and there seem to be more of them all the time judging by various competitions and news items, will have an opportunity to compare those from New York State with those from several other countries during the "NY State of Rosé" tasting event in Manhattan on Thursday, April 27.

The tasting, organized by New York Wine Events, will be held at the Union Square Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m., with a premium 6 p.m. access reservation available. They promise a line of rosés from New York, France, Italy, Brazil and Slovenia, with several others to be announcd on the website closer to the date of the event.

Winemakers, wineries, and various importers and distributors will be on hand to pour samples and to discuss the wines with attendees.

For those unfamiliar with rosés (pronounced row/zays), that type of wine is created as the skins of red grapes touch the wine for just a brief time. While some red wines ferment for several weeks on their red grape skins, rosé wines are stained red in just hours. The winemaker has total control over the wine's color, removing the red grape skins when the wine reaches the desired shade.

New York's Bridge Lane Wine, Brotherhood Winery, Jamesport Vineyards, The Lenz Winery, Palmer Vineyards, Sannino Vineyard, and Wolffer Estate Vineyard with its rosé cider will participate; 13th & Third Wines will pour its California selection with New York roots; Maiden + Liberty will present a French-American rosé; Uncork Brazil will feature the country's Miolo Wine Group and Cave Geisse Winery, plus a bonus rosé from South Africa's DeBos Handpicked Vineyards; Laureate Imports will pour a Slovenian selection and XV Exclusives will sample rosés from France and Italy.

"Rosés have re-emerged as a summer selection of choice by millennial drinkers as well as other age groups who have already enjoyed the wine's flavorful, refreshing taste throughout the years," said Sam Kimball, founder of New York Wine Events. "We've designed this boutique tasting around a sampling of top global selections as well as some amazing domestic rosés that guests can sample and chat about directly with the winemakers, for a truly personal experience."

 Light catered fare will include bread, cheese and cracker selections to accompany the wines. Additionally, New York artisanal food companies Beecher's Handmade Cheese, Ends Meat, and Drunken Fruit will be sampling their specialties and also have full-size items on hand for guests to purchase.

Tickets, available online, start at $49 with early admission priced at $89. The Union Square Ballroom is located at 27 Union Square West (between 15th and 16th streets), just off Union Square Park.
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