Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé (formerly Rosé Today), announced the lineup of wineries to pour at The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer, a curated consumer event and immersive experience being held at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg on Saturday, June 22. The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer is an extension of Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition that was held at Soda Rock Winery on May 1st, 2019. All wineries pouring at the June 22 event, which is open to all, received Gold and above honors at the May competition.
“Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in our passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long – foodie to newbie, winemaker to chef,” says Experience Rosé Co-Founder and Producer Craig Palmer. “Our dedication to excellence began with the Competition in May and continues with The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer in June.”
At the 2019 Competition, directed by Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder of Wine Competitions Management & Productions, an esteemed panel of judges awarded five Best of Show awards, nine Best of Class designations, 22 double gold and 61 gold medals. Top honors and Best of Show went to the Balletto Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Balletto will be pouring at The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer event, along with another two dozen wineries, including Wilson Artisan Wineries, Jeff Runquist Wines (Amador), Carneros Wine Company (Napa), Three Sticks (Sonoma), Lula Cellars (Mendocino), Notre Vue (Sonoma), Fathers & Daughters Cellars (Mendocino), Le Grand Courtage (France), Mutt Lynch Winery (Sonoma), Stringer Cellars (Santa Barbara), and Scotto Cellars (Lodi), to name a few.
The June 22 event begins at 11 a.m. with an extraordinary Experience exclusively for VIP guests, titled “Rosé Without Cliché.” Thomas DeBiase (Idlewild Wines) will host a panel of distinctive winemakers pouring signature rosés that forever assert the commanding authenticity and captivating individuality rose’ can bring. Winemakers pouring and presenting their wines include Jeff Runquist (Jeff Runquist Wines, Amador), Antoine Favero (Wilson Artisan Wines, Sonoma and Mendocino), and Rick Moshin (Moshin Vineyards, Sonoma).
During the public event, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., guests can mix, mingle and taste in spaciously set-out themed tasting areas on the picturesque and historic grounds of Soda Rock Winery. Tasting areas are designed to illustrate how readily rosé pairs with so many different cuisines, and guest chefs will be on hand presenting delicious bites. French-trained chef Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste of Mason Porcella will serve elegant charcuterie offerings; Melissa Yanc, Healdsburg’s wildly acclaimed artisan baker, brings a tantalizing array of her mouth-watering artisan breads from her Quail and Condor; Blossom Catering Company of Napa will be offering tasty bites of Middle Eastern cuisine; and Brian Bank will be showcasing his popular new BBQ hot spot in Fairfax, Way Station. By popular demand, Steel Jam has been invited back to fill the event with the exuberance of steel drum.
“There is a burgeoning appetite for all things rosé,” states Experience Rosé Co-Founder Allen Habel. “Our goal is to showcase excellence, and the Competition sets that standard. This year we evaluated not only the best in rosé wines, but in rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders. This is a first-of-its-kind idea for a public event.”
Early bird tickets are available now at experiencerose.com. VIP: $115; General Admission: $85; Designated Driver: $45. Tickets for The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer can be purchased by visiting www.experiencerose.com.