I'll skip all the clichés. You're getting enough of them from the mainstream wine media at this point in the summer. Let's just get right to it: pink wines rock. You might not think so, but you're wrong. And eventually you'll see the light. They're great with food, very tasty, and the good ones don't taste anything like White Zinfandel.
Which is why it might be fun for you to join those of us who need no convincing at the second annual Rose Avengers and Producers Pink-Out tasting on July 17. Started by a group of winemakers who had finally seen enough aspersions cast at rose, Rose Avengers and Producers is a trade organization focused at promoting pink wines of all kinds. Last year's event, though a little rocky in some respects, showed promise, so I'm going again. I have endless faith in the possibilities of pink wine.
Held at Butterfly Restaurant on the Embarcadero, the Rose tasting includes the opportunity to taste pink wines from about thirty producers while snacking on Asian fusion bites courtesy of the Butterfly kitchen. This tasting is also an opportunity to see an awful lot of wineries and wine lovers who don't take themselves too seriously. How stuffy can you be while pouring pink wine?
RAP (Rose Avengers & Producers) Pink Out Tasting
Monday, July 17th 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Butterfly Lounge and Restaurant
Pier 33 on The Embarcadero (at Bay Street)
San Francisco, CA
Tickets are $25 in advance if purchased online. Any remaining tickets (last year sold out) will be available for $35 at the door. Parking in the area is OK around that time of night. More details and the list of producers are available on the event site.
Alder's brief tips for public wine tastings: Wear dark clothing to hide the sometimes unavoidable stains, wear comfortable shoes, have something to eat beforehand, drink water before during and after, enjoy yourself, and for Pete's sake, SPIT !
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
The Changing Love of Pinot Noir? Vinography Images: Patchwork California Wine Country Macabre The Latitudes and Longitudes of Pinot Noir Vinography Unboxed: Week of March 15th, 2015 Vinography Images: The Rockpile Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine? At What Price, To Kalon? Rhone Rangers Tasting: March 28, Richmond, CA Vinography Images: Happy Tree
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune