The 2nd annual AP Rosé Fest took place on June 29th in Kennedy Park. Hosted by Carey Semprevivo and Melanie Rizzo, (pictured above) the pair seemed to have it down pretty well.
As I entered the park I felt like I went back in time for a moment. The 1920s perhaps? I’m not sure. Walking down the pink pathway made me stop and give pause to where I was and take in my surroundings. The feeling in the air was friendly and festive. Some of the days activities involved playing croquet, making huge bubbles, a raffle table with prizes to win, and a variety of rosé flavored beverages to taste.
Upon entering the festival you were given a ‘swag bag’ and a small cup for tastings. People became educated and informed about rosé wines as they went from table to table tasting the featured wines.
Along with tastings and pairings, it was a way to meet up with friends and do something fun and different.
Lisa Weingarten and Abby Sonnenfeldt (center below) used the event as a college reunion of sorts, to catch up with friends and make a day of it.
What I learned, and contrary to what most people believe, rosé wines are not sweet. At least the ones I tasted weren’t. Typically rosé is a dry wine. It’s known to be light, dry, and sometimes fruity. Rosé, (also known as Rosado in Spain and Rosato in Italy) comes from the Provence region of France.
Most rosé wine is produced with the skin contact method and incorporates some of the grape skin color, but only a hint, so it’s not enough be considered a red wine. Depending on the varietals and wine making technique, the color can vary considerably, from very light orange to deep purplish pink.
Rosé is also one of the oldest types of wine, with a history dating back to ancient Greece. Its popularity spread throughout Italy, Spain and Portugal. European’s have been drinking rose’ wine for centuries.
In the U.S. its recognition since the 1970’s has mostly been on the west coast, in California, and The Hampton’s on Long Island, in the east. A trend that seems to be building momentum.
The lightness and coolness of having it served chilled makes rosé a refreshing summer wine choice. After a few tastings, it became clear which brands I was favoring.
Along with a variety of libations, there were food and snack options to satisfy the palette: fresh seafood, BBQ options, rosé flavored gelato and fruit on a stick from a new business in town called Fruit Stixx. You may very well find them on the boardwalk this summer.
Some of the brands:
Have you had your rosé today?