Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rosé Rendezvous

Be the gracious host or hostess you've always wanted to be with a rosé inspired party. Invite over some friends who enjoy rosé (filled) colored glasses and catching up. We all know how hard it is to stay involved with one another when everyone has jobs and crazy schedules, so why not plan a fun gathering?

Urban Grape owners Hadley and TJ Douglas hosted a rosé wine tasting lunch for their crew to welcome in summer and provided awesome tips on how you can do it too! Urban Grape usually shows 5-7 different rosés and drink them progressively from lightest to darkest when hosting a tasting. They note that the general rule of thumb with rosé is that the darker the wine is, the longer it has been macerating (or sitting) on its skins gaining color, texture, and body. But for a relaxing day of eating and drinking with friends, it’s also fun to compare rosés made from different regions in the same country, which is definitely something you can do at this get-together.

The owners made some lovely food suggestions that can either complement or contrast when paired with the rosé. One rosé they had from Provence was described as a “lovely, light rosé with bright acidity,” and was served with an antipasto platter for a contrast. They also prepared rosemary sirloin kabobs to match the fragrant aromatics of the rosé. The kabobs were joined by a grilled peach and arugula salad, also complementing the fruity notes of some rosés.

Rosé can also be used to create delicious cocktails. Owner Hadley prepared the 'Porch Pounder' for her friends to enjoy and shared how to make it.

The Porch Pounder
Serves one           

2 ounces Rosé
1 ounce Cocchi Americano
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce prosecco
Garnish: lemon wheel and mint sprig
Glassware: wine glass

Add rosé, Cocchi, shrub and lemon juice to a mixing glass.
Add ice and stir until chilled.
Strain over ice into a wine glass.
Top with prosecco.

Check out their feature on Boston.com for more information and remember to devour the details all summer long when planning your unforgettable parties!

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