Summertime sipping in Miami always calls for rosé, so I was ecstatic when my good friend Amanda invited me to her “rosé all day” themed birthday party. From the mailed invitation to the hors d’oeuvres, her execution of the theme was spot on.
As you walked in, a beautiful pink cupcake tower greeted you along with a full-fledged charcuterie platter and thoughtfully paired appetizers. A rosé bar set up against a shimmering rose gold tablecloth was the focal point of the room. Not only was there an endless amount of bottles, but they were labeled with tasting notes to help guests with their choices. From France to Italy to California, each rosé touched upon a different flavor profile and tasting notes – and let me tell you, I sampled many, many wines that day.
The first wine I tried was Font Freye La Gordonne rosé. She was right about the notes – full of freshness and finesse! I liked the citrus and apple notes, along with slight minerality. It was very refreshing and not too sweet. 3.5/5.
The next was Château La Chapelle Gordonne rosé from Côtes de Provence in France. It apparently can only be found in hotels and restaurants in south Florida (boo). It comes from vines facing the Mediterranean Sea. It’s bright pink in color and has crisp, citrus notes as well as a luscious fruity flavor. It has great freshness that pleasantly lingers on the palate. I looked it up online and I believe you can order it for under $25. 4/5.
The last one I tried (before they all started tasting the same) was Château La Gordonne Vérité du Terroir Côtes de Provence rosé 2016. It was salmon in color and is nice and light. It has great freshness and acidity, with notes of citrus and apple. I also think you can get it for under $25. 4/5.
After one too many glasses of wine, the evening culminated with silly photo fun. Amanda set up a photo booth area with adorable wine-themed props alongside the cutest piñata I had ever seen. It was the best themed party I had been to in a while!