Curated Consumer Event Pairs Winning Wines from Experience Rose: The 2018 Competition with Gourmet Cuisine Prepared by Star Students at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone


 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (May 15, 2018) – Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé (formerly Rosé Today), are pleased to announce the lineup of stellar wineries to pour at The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer, a curated consumer event and immersive experience being held at The CIA at Copia – Napa’s heralded center of all things food and wine – on Saturday, June 16. The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer is an extension of Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition that was held at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, California in April. All wineries pouring at The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer consumer event in June received Gold and above honors at the April competition.


“Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in our passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long – foodie to newbie, winemaker to chef,” says Palmer. “Our dedication to excellence began with the Competition and continues with The Great Rose Pairing for Summer in June, followed by The Great Rose Pairing for Thanksgiving in October.”


The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer will take place at The CIA at Copia in Napa, on Saturday, June 16, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will sip winning wines from Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition paired with gourmet cuisine from six major rosé producing regions (France, Italy, Spain, Northern California, Central California and Southern California) prepared by teams of emerging star chef CIA students and led by Lars Kronmark, Professor of Culinary Arts at CIA California.


Experience Rosé has confirmed a number of wineries to pour at the June event, including Draxton Wines, who took Top honors and Best of Show at Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition * for its 2017 Pinot Meunier Rosé, Napa Valley, and garnered an impressive 100-point score. Other wineries to will pour include: August Hill Winery (Illinois), Blue Sky Vineyard (Illinois), Don Sebastiani & Sons, E&J Gallo, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery (Illinois), Handley Cellars, Le Grand Courtage, Red Car Wine Co., StarView Vineyards (Illinois), Twelve Oaks (Illinois), and Wilson Winery.


In addition, a sampling of rosé cocktails and summer refreshers using Hangar 1®’s newly launched rosé infused vodka will be prepared by CIA’s wine and beverage students. This multifaceted event will also include special arts programming and XR Talks – an educational series featuring presentations, panel discussions and pairings. Jubilant music will be provided by Steel Jam.


Prior to the event, Chef Lars Kronmark will hold an Experience Rosé Challenge at The CIA at Greystone in St. Helena to select student teams for each of the six tasting regions. Student teams will work from a set list of ingredients provided to them to create a dish specific to their desired region. Each team’s dish will be judged by Chef Kronmark and other CIA faculty. Selected teams will go on to serve their regionally inspired creations at the event.


Attendees to The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer event on June 16 will get in on the voting action with the Experience Rosé People’s Choice Award. Upon check-in each guest will be given two tokens: one to vote for their favorite CIA student team and the other to vote for best Wine and Beverage team. Votes will be tallied at the end of the event and the winning teams will be announced.


Ticket costs for The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer are as follows:


  • VIP Patio: $125 in advance; $130 at the door
  • Regular admission: $85 in advance; $90 at the door
  • Designated driver: $40 in advance; $45 at the door


***Note: VIP Patio tickets include access to a private reserved area where personal concierge attendants will serve award-winning wines and passed samples of gourmet bites from the regional food stations.  Winning winemakers will also be available for guests to meet and visit with.


Experience Rosé is proud to thank its Presenting Sponsor, Bank of Marin, and Hosting Sponsors: Soda Rock Winery, Sonoma Magazine, Spirited Magazine, and Hangar 1® Vodka.


Tickets for The Great Rosé Pairing for Summer can be purchased by visiting, www.experiencerose.com.


Later in the year, on Friday, October 19, Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery in Hopland (Mendocino County) will host The Great Rosé Pairing for Thanksgiving. Nicholas Petti, Culinary Arts Instructor at Mendocino College, along with his talented students, will create a selection of seasonally inspired bites to showcase perfect Rosé pairings for holiday dinners and celebrations. This event exclusively features Rosés produced in the Hopland and Redwood Valley regions of inland Mendocino County. Tickets are $95 in advance; $105 at the door and can also be purchased by visiting: www.experiencerose.com.


* Experience Rosé: The 2018 Competition was held at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, California on Wednesday, April 18. The competition, now in its fifth year and directed by globally-renowned wine expert and educator Del Fiorentino, received a record number of entrants, drawing 317 entries of domestic and international rosé wines – a thirty-seven percent increase from last year’s competition.


The esteemed panel of top-tier judges selected by Del Fiorentino sought out the very best in dry, sparking and sweet categories – all of which represented a wide range of rosé winemaking styles. Overall the judges awarded five Best of Show accolades, 10 Best of Class designations, 15 Double Gold and 79 Gold honors. A complete list of winners can be found by visiting http://rosewinetoday.com/competition-winners/.


About Experience Rosé


“Because every day pairs better with Rosé” is our theme. With the burgeoning passion for the colorful array of Rosé wines, Experience Rosé showcases excellence in international winemaking, connecting wine lovers with singular adventures and curated resources that are spirited, expansive and revelatory. For more information on Experience Rosé please visit, www.experiencerose.com.


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About The CIA at Copia

The Culinary Institute of America’s newest location in downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia, offers food and wine experiences to the public, including hands-on cooking and beverage classes, culinary demonstrations, shopping, dining, community events, private events, and more. It is the first public-facing facility for the college.


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Heather Noll | Chalkboard Communications | 415-290-2891 | heather@chalkboardcomm.com

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