Monday, May 22, 2017

Not All Roses Are Created Equal-The Story of La Nuit En Rose by Philip S. Kampe

Terlato Wines at La Nuit en Rose

Every year, I receive an invite to attend the La Nuit en Rose cruise event that embarks from Pier 40 on New York’s Hudson River.

The Pier is just blocks away from the hustling Houston Street area, where you can find swanky and hip shops, restaurants of all sorts and an array of festive and dive bars. If you towards the sky, you will see rooftop bars that flaunt the view of Manhattan’s skyline.

Normally, when I board the Hornblower for the Rose wine cruise, I find a group of friends and hang out with them for the four hour event.

This year was a little different.

I received an invitation to attend a ‘Special VIP  Passport Tasting’ of Roses from Terlato Wines portfolio.

Terlato is a company that is an innovator in pursuing interesting, dynamic wines for distribution to the public.

Terlato is also an innovator in marketing, hence the Passport tasting. If you have a Passport, you can travel the world, and that is what the international Rose tasting of wines was about. 

The top floor of the boat was set-up only for invited VIP’s. The goal was to sample their array of Rose wines from around the world. The wines were each paired with a gourmet appetizer. The pairing of the rose with the appetizer raised the bar a notch higher. It was obvious a lot of thought went into the selections-which paid off immediately.

The wines that were represented at this phenomenal tasting included:
Sanford  Rose of Pinot Noir  Sta. Rita Hills 2016 (USA)

Belleruche Rose Cotes-Du-Rhone 2016 (France)

Il Poggione Brancato Rosato  Montalcino 2016 (Italy)

Protea  Protea Rose  Western Cape  2016  (South Africa)

Bodegas Valdemar  Conde Valdemar Rose  Rioja  2016 (Spain)

Mathilde Chapoutier Rose ‘Grand Ferrage’ Cotes De Provence  2016  (France)

Terlato Wines illustrated and educated the attendees, including me, that not all Roses are the same.

As a wine educator, if I were to teach a Rose wine class, I would use each of these wines to illustrate how universal the much used, French term, Rose, can be used nowadays.

Hats off to Terlato Wines for their effort to show the world that Roses are not only French wines.

Philip S. Kampe

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