If you recall last summer’s inaugural sailing of the free-flowing, pink-tinged wine celebration called La Nuit en Rosé, then you didn’t drink enough (probably a good thing). If you missed out, the event is back and better than last year, with three days of voyages and a multitude of experiences offered on deck.
Cruising into Manhattan on June 25–27 to ply the Hudson’s muddy waters on the Hornblower Infinity yacht (353 West Street, Pier 40), La Nuit en Rosé bills itself as the world’s first festival dedicated entirely to rosé wines and Champagne.
How will the organizers, including fête founder and wine entrepreneur Pierrick Bouquet, outdo last year’s cruise? First, sailing sessions will run longer, at two hours for general admission (instead of last year’s 90 minutes), and feature over 100 international wines (versus 85 last year). Also, there’ll be themed food stations, a pink cocktail bar, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a photo booth, and entertainment activities including opportunities for wobbly dancing (from the rocking boat, not the wine, of course).
This year will see the addition of a V.I.P. Lounge in which NYC chefs will pair bites with various rosés. Among them will be chef Andrew Kitko of STK, the culinary team from the Lambs Club, the National, the Todd English Food Hall, and the Palm Court, the culinary team at Fig & Olive and Le District, chef Laurent Kalkotour of Atrium Dumbo, chefs Jaime and Felipe Torres from Raymi, chef Philippe Corbet from Le Pif, chefs Keavy Blueher and Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch, and chef Natacha Supplice of I Can Cook.
Wines from prestigious labels like Provençal rosé house Château d’Esclans, Champagne producer Nicolas Feuillate, and sparkling wine specialist Ferrari from Italy will be joined by a host of international bottles sourced from countries like Greece, Spain, and France. Guests will also have the debatable pleasure of tasting White Girl Rosé produced by social-media personality Josh Ostrovsky of @thefatjewish. Maybe it’s delicious?
General interest in (and acceptance of) pink wine, even among “bros,” has skyrocketed. The formerly stigmatized drink, still frowned upon in the less urbane flyover states, is now “a way of life,” according to Bouquet. “Rosé,” he adds, “has made itself inseparable from a summer gathering, a pool party or a barbecue. Close your eyes and sip rosé, you’re immediately transported into a summer paradise. Drinking rosé is the epitome of chic!”
Details on the three days of festivities, event times, and multiple pricing tiers of pleasure can be found here. General admission costs $75 and includes wine tastings, a light buffet, the two-hour cruise, and entertainment. V.I.P. tickets cost $125, and, in addition to the above, provide early entry and access to the lounge.
Wine Enthusiast will host a four-course wine pairing dinner on opening night, Thursday, June 25, but tickets are only available by waitlist. Last year’s 2,000 slots sold out, so hurry and secure your spot. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until next summer’s iteration to taste the newest social-media celeb’s bottled pink juice.
Click here to purchase tickets.
La Nuit en Rosé runs June 25–27, 2015, from 353 West Street, Pier 40.