The Great Rosé Infusion Of Summer
Experience Rosé’s “The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer,” set for Saturday, June 22 at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, brings your first chance to taste, in one festival setting, what can only be described as “the very best” in rosé winemaking and rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders.
“How can that be?” you ask. “We build this event inviting only gold-and-above winning wines and other beverages from our Experience Rosé Competition to pour,” explains Experience Rosé co-producer Craig Palmer.
“Debra Del Fiorentino is our esteemed Director of the Competition,” he says, “and this year, with just under 400 entries, Debra has built our Competition into the largest of its kind in the United States. With her emphasis on excellence, this competition now defines the experience for beautiful, purposely made rosé.”
“Our judging is committed to the highest standards of competition,” explains Debra Del Fiorentino, who attracts a world-class panel of judges. “The Experience Rosé judging seeks the very best in dry, a little sweet and sparkling styles that pair quality winemaking with the passion for rosé and its infinite possibilities.”
The Soda Rock event begins at 11 a.m. with an extraordinary Experience exclusively for VIP guests, titled “Rosé Without Cliché.” Thomas DeBiase (Idlewild Wines) will host a panel of distinctive winemakers pouring signature rosés that forever assert the commanding authenticity and captivating individuality rosé can bring. Winemakers pouring and presenting their wines include Jeff Runquist (Jeff Runquist Wines, Amador), Antoine Favero (Wilson Artisan Wines, Sonoma and Mendocino) and Rick Moshin (Moshin Vineyards, Sonoma).
During the public event, from noon to 4 p.m., guests can expect to taste more than two dozen different rosés, in spaciously set-out themed tasting areas on the picturesque and historic grounds of Soda Rock Winery. Tasting areas are designed to illustrate how readily rosé pairs with so many different cuisines, and guest chefs will be on hand presenting delicious bites. French-trained chef Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste (Mason Porcella) will serve elegant charcuterie offerings; Melissa Yanc, Healdsburg’s wildly acclaimed artisan baker, brings a tantalizing array of her mouth-watering artisan breads from her Quail and Condor; and Brian Bank will be showcasing his popular new BBQ hot spot in Fairfax, Way Station. By popular demand, Steel Jam has been invited back to fill the event with the exuberance of steel drum.
Says Co-Producer Allen Habel, “With our focus on orchestrating a memorable and inspiring total experience, the very fact that we can hold this at Alexander Valley’s historic and scenic Soda Rock Winery is a distinct advantage.” This charming destination offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of wine country experiences. View the splendid surroundings and appreciate the historical buildings that have been beautifully restored using green building and recycling practices. Soda Rock is the original site of the Alexander Valley general store and post office, and was once the central hub of activity for the valley. Historic records provide evidence of the first bonded winery on this property in 1880. With a large line-up of Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux varietals, Soda Rock wines are big and bold, just like its historic past.