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Like permission to wear white, Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off pink wine drinking season. Although many of us are partial to doing both year-round, there’s no better time than the warmer months to drink rosé. Here are a few places in NYC getting into the spirit with interesting, innovative selections to pair with the summer days ahead.
Celebrate “Hip, Hip Rosé” at the Gander (15 West 18th Street; 212-229-9500)
If your drinking can’t wait until five o’clock, the Gander’s got your back. Chef and owner Jesse Schenker has launched a summer special in the Bar Room called “Hip Hip Rosé!” which features $25 bottles of pink drink from around the world, every day, starting at 2:30 p.m. every day. Wines hail from Italy, New York, Greece, and even the Republic of Georgia, like Pheasant’s Tears Tavkeri Rosé, 2013. Other selections include a crisp, pale Provençal version from Chateau de Roquefort, and a bright, berry-scented Txakolina from Ameztoi Rubentis out of Spain’s Basque region.
The list is curated to complement the new Bar Room menu, highlights of which include gnocchi with sofrito, spring peas, and ramps dusted with pecorino; and hamachi collar with worcestershire, radish, and lime.
Drink “Rosé All Damn Day” at Pearl & Ash (220 Bowery; 212-837-2370)
Snag a table early to launch your “Rosé All Damn Day” drinking session on the patio of Bowery hotspot Pearl & Ash. Interesting wines and unique rosé magnums — we expect nothing less from wine director and Renegade Wine Dinner founder Patrick Cappiello and team — will be sourced from their favorite producers. Selections drawing from California to the French pétillant naturels and crémants to Provence will rotate frequently. Offerings include a 2014 Matthiasson from Napa Valley and bubbles by Nathalie Gaubicher out of the Loire Valley. In addition to having the full Pearl & Ash menu available, the restaurant will offer a selection of oysters from either coast (six for $18).