How to Throw a Simple & Festive Rosé Party

Sommelier Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life shows how to create a summer aperitivo party

                   Photos: Christian Morales

When it’s finally Rosé Season, celebrate in style with a party dedicated to everyone’s favorite springtime sipper!

Read on for everything you need to throw your own rosé party: from the perfect pink welcome cocktail to an array of sommelier-approved rosé options; colorful canapés perfect for pairing; and even a fun party playlist to set the perfect tone (yes, there is Beyoncé!)…

(pssst… learn how rosé is made here.)

Offer a Signature Cocktail:

Rosé Elderflower Punch

Combine in a pitcher:

1 Bottle of dry rosé wine

Juice of 1 Lemon

Simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water melted together over low heat) TO TASTE*

2 c. Club Soda

1/2 c. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Garnish with a lemon wheel & paper straw

The Menu:

Serve up an easy selection of colorful canapés!

For any gathering, I love crowd pleasing bites that are simple, fresh, and easy to assemble. These rosé party pairings are designed to be served room temperature, so you can ‘set it and forget it’ and enjoy your own gathering rather than be stuck in the kitchen all day! And they are perfect with rosé.

These colorful canapes are the perfect party food to pair with rose wine!

Try these:

Sweet pea and mint crostini:

These are so easy to put together and taste exactly like springtime. To make them, thaw a package of frozen peas and combine in a food processor with salt, pepper, 2 T chopped fresh mint leaves, juice of half a lemon, and 3 T olive oil. Purée until the mix comes together and spread on toasted baguette. Top with a sprinkle of Maldon salt and an edible flower.

Beet and goat cheese crostini:

In a food processor, combine 8 oz. goat cheese with roasted beets, salt, and pepper. For the beets, I started very slowly, adding one piece at a time until I got my desired shade of hot pink! Top with finely diced beets and minced chives.

Strawberry balsamic toasts:

Toast baguette or ciabatta slices with a little olive oil and spread with ricotta cheese. Top with sliced fresh strawberries, cracked black pepper, and drizzle with balsamic glaze. You can make your own, or do what I did: shortcut with the pre-bottled stuff from Trader Joe’s!

Smoked salmon & endive:

Great for the low-carb guests! Spread some herb cream cheese on endive leaves, top with smoked salmon, fresh dill, and capers if desired.

Sweet pea and mint crostini, beet and goat cheese crostini, strawberry balsamic toasts

Sweet pea and mint crostini, beet and goat cheese crostini, strawberry balsamic toasts

The Wines:

A lot of rosé was consumed in creating this guide (for research purposes, of course!); these were the wines that came out on top:

Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rose is our favorite French Rose

Favorite French Rosé:

Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé 2018, $15.00

If you love a classic Provencal rosé, with delicate strawberry and orange blossom aromas, and an incredibly crisp and refreshing palate, you simply cannot do better than Le Charmel! A blend of Southern French grapes (Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Rolle), this will have you grabbing your bikini and wide brimmed hat and feeling like you’re in St. Tropez.

Nomadics Pink River Rose is our favorite most Instagrammable rose.

Most Instagrammable Rosé:

Nomadica Pink River Rosé, $7.00 (250ml can)

Nomadica is a tres hip can wine brand founded by 2 women: biz boss Emma Toshack and sommelier Kristin Olszewski. They are committed to sourcing high quality, small-production wines and releasing them in cool cans designed by local artists.

Their rosé comes from California’s Santa Ynez Valley, is made of 33% Grenache / 67% Cabernet Franc, and is full of fresh grapefruit and tart strawberry notes.

Mandrarossa Perricone Rose from Sicily is a favorite Italian Rose at The Lush Life.

Favorite Italian Rosé:

MANDRAROSSA Perricone Rosé, $11.00

Rosé from Italy? Si, signorina! Hailing from the Sicilian coast, this is fresh and easy drinking with gorgeous floral aromas- think roses and acacia blossom- plus tons of ripe cherry on the palate, and a briny, mineral finish.

Volage Sparkling Rose is a favorite of The Lush Life.

Favorite Sparkling Rosé:

Volage Crémant de Loire, $29.99

Crémant is a fabulous category of bubbly: made in the Traditional Method, and also made in France, it’s just not made in the Champagne region. Which means, you often get premium quality minus the ‘luxury tax’- ie, a little easier on your wallet (for more on the different sparkling wine styles, click here.) This delightful sparkler is made from 100% Cabernet Franc, and is full of fresh floral and red berry aromas, bright raspberry flavors, and an elegant, mineral finish.

Vinebox Rose Collection makes a great gift!

Favorite Gift Rosé:

Vinebox Rosé Collection, $49.00

This fun sampler pack comes with a selection of 6 rosés packaged into fun little test tubes: an array of selections from Spain, Italy, and France that ranges in flavor profiles and styles. A great way to discover new wines, the whole set can be stored in the fridge so you have a glass at the ready whenever craving strikes. An awesome hostess gift!

The Playlist:

Set a fun, flirty mood with The Lush Life Rosé Party Playlist!


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