Tasting of the Week: Nuit en Rosé at the Mondrian's Sky Bar

Rosé is not just a wine. It's a way of life, according to organizers of Sunday's La Nuit en Rosé tasting

The Sky Bar at the Mondrian Los Angeles is one of West Hollywood’s most glamorous outdoor spaces, perfect for a celebration and tasting of pink wines. La Nuit en Rosé, which launched in New York last year, is coming to Los Angeles for the first time this Sunday.

Pierrick Bouquet (such a terrific name, no?), co-creator of La Nuit en Rosé, would like us to think of rosé as more than just a wine: “It’s a way of life. ... Close your eyes and sip rosé: You’re immediately transported into a summer paradise.”  And since we kind of live in a summer paradise all year long, what wine could be more ideal for Los Angeles?

The fact that so many wine shops have their rosé collection displayed front and center shows that pink wine is catching on with wine drinkers.

Sunday's tasting will feature not just classic French rosés, but also sparkling wines and rosés from producers around the world. Guests will be able to taste and compare rosés from Beckman Vineyards from California, Château d’Esclans, Champagne Pommery, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte on the French side, along with pink wines from Rioja and Torres in Spain, Mulderbosch from South Africa, Ferrari and Ca’ del Bosco from Italy, and Ouled Thaleb from Morocco. All in all, wines from more than 40 producers will be poured at the event.

Since these wines are meant to go with food, there will be a light buffet — and for purchasers of VIP tickets “more elaborate culinary offerings.” VIP tickets cost $50 more than regular ones, so the organizers are going to have to deliver on that promise.

Also, the evening before the tasting, Wine Enthusiast magazine is presenting a rosé wine pairing dinner featuring rosé Champagne and four still wines ($175 per person).

VIP tickets for the Sunday afternoon tasting with those “elaborate culinary offerings” are $125 apiece. General admission is $75 per person. For more information on La Nuit en Rosé, visit the website.

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