This column should be called "Where to drink right now," lol. If you and your friends love rosé wine, and taking extremely cool shareable pics, The Rosé Mansion (recently opened in NYC) is the place to visit. Open until the middle of October, The Rosé Mansion is a two story building with interactive experiences involving all things rosé.
Rooms are separated into different interactive experiences: a scratch and sniff wall, blending wine, sampling wine along with candy that enhances the wine, and eight different wine samplings.
And pictures... So many fun pictures to take!
But let's not forget the wine. I had four standout wines here: a sparkling wine from Brazil, an off dry rosé from Italy, a dry rosé from Texas--that's right, Texas!-- and a lovely dessert wine from California.
First, a short primer on rosé wine:
First off, most grapes, regardless of their outer skin color, are light colored inside. Rosés are predominantly made by allowing a short amount of skin contact from red grapes. Somewhat less often, they are made by bleeding off a small amount of red wine in the beginning of the winemaking process for red wine and using it to make rosé. However, some roses are made by blending white and red grapes, and they hail from one of the most celebrated wine regions in the world—Champagne!
According to the Veuve Clicquot website, “Madame Clicquot created the first blended Rosé in 1818 by adding some red wine to Yellow Label champagne. The result was Veuve Clicquot Rosé, a fruity and full-bodied expression of the Veuve Clicquot style.” Competitor Moet’s rosé is also a rosé made from red and white grapes. England, which also takes pride in its sparkling wines, has followed suit by creating some lovely sparkling rosés from blending white and red grapes.
Less common, but not unheard of, are still (not sparkling) rosés made by blending white and red grapes. Terra Nera Rosé is a still rosé from the Artemis Karamolegos Winery on the Greek Island of Santorini. It’s made by blending 80% Mandilaria and 20% Assyrtiko, a white grape.
Now back to the wines I tried at the bar of the Rosé Mansion.
An absolutely delicious Brazilian sparkling wine, Miolo.
A dry Texas Rosé called Dandy--and it was!
A beautiful Italian wine I considered off-dry, though as palates differ some may consider this dry, Parchitello Bombino Nero Rosato
And finally, a fabulous dessert wine, Elysium California Black Muscat Dessert Wine 2015.
For more info on the Rosé Mansion and to purchase tickets, advanced tickets are highly recommended as visiting times can sell out, visit their website: https://www.rosewinemansion.com/