For the gal (or guy for that matter) that loves fresh blooms and cocktails, this is the get-together for you to host! From my travels with my husband, one of our favorite things is food crawls and tastings (I mean, who doesn’t love trying new things?), so I thought, why not host a casual, yet stylish evening complete with rosé tastings – still and sparkling of course!
As you know if you’re an avid reader of Champagne Darling, I think having a signature drink/cocktail ready for your guests upon arrival is essential! It’s a greeting of its own and can be tied into a theme (if there is one) for your gathering. As this was all about Rosé, I teamed up with event fashionista, Kathleen of Endlessly Elated to bring you the perfect rosé cocktail to greet your guests! She has fabulous taste and we not only share a love of entertaining but all things home. Check out her delicious signature drink for our Roses & Rosé party ~ a Mango & Strawberry Rosé Sangria ~ HERE!
I mean, YUM!
In order to host a tasting, you of course need a great selection! Note, that that doesn’t mean it has to be extensive, it could just be a couple. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my favorite things with friends/family (and of course, you darlings, my readers) and this opportunity was no different; allowing me to showcase my two favorite rosés – Veuve Clicquot (which you know is my favorite champs) and Whispering Angel.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé
“This non-vintage Rose is the end result of a desire to create a Rose champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Peters, the cellar master, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot’s essential values in terms of style.
The wine has a luminous color with attractive pink glints. The nose is generous and elegant, with initial aromas of fresh red fruit (raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry, blackberry), leading to biscuity notes of dried fruits and Viennese pastries (almonds, apricots and brioche).
The fresh attack is followed by a fruity harmonious sensation on the palate. The wine is perfectly balanced in the best Veuve Clicquot style of pink champagnes, combining elegance and flair. The wine works its magic—this delectably full champagne can be enjoyed as a true delicacy. A deliciously fruity wine in early bloom, this is a wonderful aperitif to be shared as a twosome or simply with friends” (Source)
“Juicy red currant and tangy acidity combine in this delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The wine is dry while showing exuberant fruit. It can be drunk either as an apéritif or with food” (Source)
Got your rosé selection ironed out? You will then need to set the stage and when you live in a condo, you only have but so much ‘real estate’. So, enter my bar cart! If your space is limited like me, you could also use a serving tray (or two) set out on your coffee table or counter (here are a few of my must have trays – 1, 2, 3) – don’t stress, use the space you have! Set out your glassware, your rosés and of course your flowers. It’s not called a Roses & Rosé Party for nothing! I went for different shades of pink/blush (à la the different shades of rosé) . I also had other rose arrangements around our kitchen/living area to tie the theme together (see this post for the perfect vases to display your blooms).
To add to the gathering, ask your guests to bring their favorite rosé. This makes for great conversation of what you like about your selections and hey, you may end up adding a new favorite to your rosé rotation! #yeswayrosé
Don’t forget to have a little nosh for your guests (especially when drinking), a cheese/charcuterie is always a classic, or go with desserts – whatever your pleasure; you can’t go wrong!
photos by Laura Metzler Photography