Yes Way Brooklyn Winery Rose´

We had the pleasure of enjoying a tasting this past weekend at Brooklyn Winery, and their Rose´ was killer! Made in a Provenance style, it had notes of strawberry, crisp acidity, and bright berry notes on the palate. Bone dry, this Rose´ is the perfect pairing for summer.

Needless to say we bought a couple bottles 😉

The Brooklyn Winery Tasting Experience:

As you enter Brooklyn Winery you feel like you are taking a trip back in time. With a 1940’s speakeasy vibe, this urban winery boasts some of NYC’s best wines. You can purchase wine by the bottle, a glass of wine, and even enjoy a tasting flight. They have several flight options such as “New York State of Wine”, “Chardonnay 3 Ways”, “Spring Fling”, “Summer Reds”, and “Make Your Own” flights. Each tasting flight is made up of 3 wines and the prices range from $13-18.00. My favorite option is the “Choose Your Own Adventure” flight where you can choose 6 Brooklyn Winery Wines for $30.00.

Along with your bottle, glass, or flight you can enjoy some delicious food. We chose the Cheese and Charcuterie Plates to nibble on as we sipped our wine. The cheeses paired perfectly with the wines and the meats were fresh and delicious. They also had a full menu of delicious gourmet foods to choose from – everything looked exceptional and we wait to head back for some more food and wine pairings.

Wine Flight Details:

  • New York State of Wine: Riesling, Chardonnay – Unoaked, North Fork Blend
  • Chardonnay 3 Ways: Chardonnay – Unoaked, Chardonnay – Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay – Skin Fermented
  • Spring Fling: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Dry Rose´
  • Summer Reds: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Make Your Own: Choose any three wines
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: Taste any 6 Brooklyn Winery Wines

I highly suggest visiting Brooklyn Winery. You will enjoy a cool vibe and some delicious wines made in BK!

Creative Cocktails (vol. 1): Rosedale Vineyards Rosé Spritzer Punch

It’s hot. It’s muggy out. And you find yourself counting down the moments to happy hour….

So how about you mix up something special to beat the heat? Something fruity? Check. Something refreshing? Yes please. Something pink? Absolutely!

Sounds pretty tasty already right?

Earlier this summer I got together with some friends who are passionate about their cocktails. I tend to be more passionate about wine, so I don’t usually pour myself a refreshing martini after work. I usually hit up the vino. Sauvignon Blanc on hot days, Red Blends on cold days. Actually, I could go on and on as I have a “go to” wine for every mood (#dontjudge). Where as these friends are all about their creative cocktails. So what should we do? I love my wine and they love their inventive cocktails, we were at an impasse. Then it dawned on us – why not blend them together and make something we all could enjoy?

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In the spirit of creativity (and cooperative civility) we decided to make a refreshing Rosé Spritzer. We started with a bottle of Summer Bouquet Rosé I had picked up from Rosedale Farms & Vineyards and added some refreshing treats. We wanted to create something that brought out the delicate flavors of the Rosé without overpowering them.

We had a lot of fun trying out different flavor concoctions and ended up with a delicious Rosé Spritzer “Punch” to sip on when it’s hot and muggy out -or if you’re really in the mood for anything Rosé and/or spritzer. 🙂

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Rosedale Rosé Spritzer Punch Recipe:

Where to find the ingredients:

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Rosedale Farms & Vineyards Summer Bouquet Rosé:

“Red raspberries are the inspiration for this wine which matches a blend of our estate grown Meynieu, LaCross and Cayuga with the essence of red raspberry. The naturally higher acidity of these grapes balances out a smooth sweetness and sets up the perfect wine to serve with any number of desserts or even over ice on a hot summer afternoon.” Retail: $18.00/bottle

 

Visiting Rosedale Farms & Vineyards:

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Location:  25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

Tasting Hours: Weekends from 12-5pm (last call is 4:30pm)

Tasting Options: Sipping Options

Rosedale Farms & Vineyards is more than a winery, they are one stop local shop. Rosedale grows their own produce and sells other local items in their store. They have a great program called the “Farm Membership” where you get a 10% discount every time you shop (including their hand-crafted wines), e-mail coupons, free passes to the corn maze, discounts on Family Events and Farm Tours, and more! {Discounts on wine?! I’m in! :)} It is a great place to enjoy wine and shop locally grown produce.

For the tasting you can sample up to 10 wines for $12.00 (wine glass included). The tasting room is very charming and usually a family member or the winemaker is behind the bar pouring and speaking about the wines. Once you find a wine you enjoy you can purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass on their outdoor patio.

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Wild Rose Flavoring from Hartford Flavoring Company:

“The rose is the quintessential symbol of love, so why not love yourself and add a little rose to your cocktail?  In addition to its intense aroma and striking appearance, rose hips are known to have several health benefits when ingested.”

For More Delicious “Wine Cocktails” and other great mixed drink recipes click below to my favorite libations blog – Gastronominsta

We hope you enjoy this delicious punch!  Make sure to Visit Rosedale Vineyards and the other Connecticut Wine Trail Wineries for other great wines and wine experiences. Cheers! 🙂