Earlier this month I channeled my inner Jay-Z by attending La Nuit En Rosé, a wine-tasting event aboard the Hornblower Hybrid yacht on New York’s Hudson River. Over the course of two hours, I sipped rosé samples from some 85 wine labels in the company of some of the city’s wealthiest socialites, most established sommeliers and highest respected wine critics…having absolutely no idea what the hell I was doing.
That’s not to say I don’t have any experience evaluating beverages—in fact, my palate is mad refined, yo. But my expertise lies with liquids made of grain, not grapes. As the writer of a column called The Beer Olympics I’m generally used to parsing out malt, hops and notes of cat pee.
Fortunately, La Nuit En Rosé enabled me to dive headfirst into the world of pink-hued adult grape juice, thus expanding my understanding of rosé and wine in general. Here are some of the things I learned about this popular summertime drink by participating in the tasting and talking with the many producers in attendance: