Everything’s coming up Rosé this summer with the Cape’s premium Rosé producers getting together at Rickety Bridge Estate in Franschhoek to showcase the diversity and versatility of the wine expression at the Revving Up Rosé Festival on Saturday February 13 2016.
Few things say summer and romance like a glass of chilled Rosé so plan now to join the Rosé Renaissance and head out to Franschhoek on Valentine’s weekend to stop and smell, and taste, the Rosés, Brosés (Rosés for the “bros”) Cocktails and Bubblies.
With a recent surge in popularity around the globe, Rosé is definitely à la mode. Believed to be the oldest style of wine in the world, rosé is traditionally dry and crisp, hailing originally from the Provence region of France, the mecca of Rosé. However a profusion of sweeter, less-sophisticated examples around the globe earned Rosé a less than stellar reputation.
Often referred to as a pink drink for girls only, Rosé has recently taken the world by storm and become one of the fastest growing wine styles on the market, steered by an increase in quality, complexity and diversity, and its unmatched versatility at the table. What’s not to love about Rosé? Enchanting sippers with its gorgeous pale pink colour, Rosé inspires laid-back happy summer vibes and combines the light, crisp, refreshing nature of white wine with some of the complex berry flavours and textures of red wine. To offer even more incentive to “drink pink” the vast majority of rosé wines offer good value for the money.
Rosé is also becoming increasingly popular with men, the Rosé bros, earning it the Brosé nickname.
So join the Rosé Renaissance and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to “Rev up with Rosé” at Rickety Bridge Estate in 2016.
The day will start at 8.30am with The Rosé Run (5km, 10km or 20km) and The Rosé MTB Ride (20km, 40km or 60km). Entry to these events will include a Festival ticket. Showers will be provided as well as a Rosé Breakfast of Salmon and Egg Bagels.
(To enter, visit www.webtickets.co.za, or get your tickets upon arrival.)
Then from 10am until 4pm, there will be wine tastings, Rosé-friendly food stalls, pre-booked picnics, and Paulina’s Restaurant will also be open.
And from 4pm until 6pm: Wine tasting closes, wine sales continue, cocktail bar and Paulina’s Restaurant stay open. Guests will be able to enjoy tapas and live music, going on throughout the day, and then watch the sunset with a glass of something chilled in your hand.
Rosé wine is wonderful to cook with and makes a delicious summer punch when mixed with other ingredients.
Let’s stir it up!
Pink Lemonade with a kick
1 tbls caster sugar
Lots of crushed ice
1 bottle well chilled rose
Slice the strawberries and sprinkle with caster sugar. Let them rest for 30 minutes in the fridge before using them.
When you are ready to serve, spoon some strawberries into a tall glass, top with crushed ice, add a splash of lemonade and top up with chilled rose. Sit back, sip and enjoy.