Napa Valley's Second Annual RoséFest at Sterling Vineyards
A picturesque and tasty celebration of pink wine, that also benefits Susan G Komen
by Emily Arden Wells
For those rosé enthusiasts who have not yet committed to a case or three of pink wine for summer, there is no better way to learn about rosé than at a wine tasting session. And the ultimate rosé event will take place this coming Saturday at Napa Valley's Sterling Vineyards RoséFest: a full day of rosé-sipping, vineyard-basking, and appetizer-nibbling. And, while that reads as an enjoyable day in itself, this event is also in partnership with Susan G Komen—with all proceeds from the day going to the organization which offers breast cancer education, research-funding and patient support.
This will be Sterling Vineyards' second annual RoséFest, hosted on their beautiful estate with over 30 wineries from all over California’s wine region (including Mumm Napa, Cornerstone, Stags’ Leap, and Castello di Amorosa), as well as a few select wineries from all over the world. To complement the wine, local restaurants will be in attendance preparing snacks as will food trucks serving treats at the main entry of the winery.
Guests will load into the winery’s vintage gondola and be whisked to the top of the mountain to the villa that overlooks the valley. The first sip of rosé is likely to be a preview of Sterling Vineyards' recently released sparkling rosé (as it was last year), a refreshing and mineral-forward sparkling wine that could easily be confused with a much more expensive champagne.
Onwards and upwards (quite literally up a tree-lined flight of stairs) into the main entry of the chateau, the foyer will be full of tables and countless bottles of rosé to taste. The VIP room will feature opportunities to taste harder to find wines, such as Chateau Minuty, and give party-goers many excuses to fall in love with new brands of the pink wine. Picturesque patios overlook the Napa Valley, shady hideaways that offer an opportunity to people watch or rest one’s feet while overlooking the valley.
In a time when there many rosé festivals, one thing that makes RoséFest unique is its price. This year’s ticketsrange from $65 for general admission, to $150 for VIP tickets, which is a bargain for a full day of all-you-can-drink rosé.
Images by Emily Arden Wells