La Nuit en Rose was aboard the beautiful Hornblower Infinity Yacht, which sailed from Pier 15 near South Street Seaport onto the Hudson and East Rivers.
This year’s sold out event, which bills itself as “The World’s First Rose Wine Festival,” was a wonderful showcase of what seems to be everyone’s go-to summer style of wine. In fact, the Infinity was packed stern to bow with rose wines from all over the world – France, Spain, United States, South Africa and more. There is not a more fun way to sample the many styles, colors, and flavors of rose wine than at this annual event.
The event included delicious food, including melt-in-your-mouth croque monsieurs, rich cheeses, an olive bar, and -- in the VIP area -- mountains of shrimp cocktail and tiered displays of petit fours.
An informational booklet at the event explained some cool facts about rose, and included a world map that pinpointed where it is consumed the most. No surprise to anyone who’s been to the Hamptons that it’s the U.S.! France is the largest producer of rose wine, followed by Italy and the U.S.
So, who comes out for a full-rose event? There was an elegant crowd, many of whom got into the spirit by dressing in every shade of pink imaginable. The event received major sponsorship from Wine Enthusiast, and copies of their latest issue were available to attendees.