Wine Competition Devoted to All Things Rosé to be Held in May; Winning Wines Presented to Consumers at ‘The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer’ in June
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (March 21, 2019) – “Because every day pairs better with Rosé,” is the philosophy of Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé, a brand that fully celebrates the pink drink. The brand will host an array of events in 2019, kicking things off with Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition in May, where this year, for the first time ever, they’ve opened the competition up to all rosé-infused products (both domestic and international). Wines will still be the focus of the competition, but producers of rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders are encouraged to enter as well. Produced by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging will take place at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 1, 2019. Gold-and-above winners in the Competition will be invited to showcase their wines at The Great Rosé Infusion of Summer event, to be held Saturday, June 22, also at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. This consumer event will provide lovers of the pink with the opportunity to sample the most outstanding Rosé wines in the world alongside a selection of exceptional non-wine Rosé entries, all paired with custom-tailored gourmet accompaniments of both the savory and sweet variety.
“Our goal with the competition and consumer events is to showcase excellence in domestic and international winemaking,” says Founder and Co-Producer Craig Palmer. “We look forward to connecting lovers of all things rosé with singular adventures and curated resources that are spirited, expansive and revelatory. That’s why we only pour gold-and-above winners from our Competition, paired in a sophisticated and tantalizing setting.”
The Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition on May 1 will showcase the best of the best from both domestic and international producers in dry, sparkling and sweet categories, while presenting a wide range of Rosé winemaking styles. The event will be held at the Alexander Valley’s historic Soda Rock Winery. The deadline to enter the competition for winemakers is Friday, April 26, with shipments due by Monday, April 29, 2019. Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition is currently accepting entries. Winemakers can register by visiting https://www.winecompetitions.com/experiencerose.
A panel of distinguished wine industry insiders will judge. The competition gives entrants several incentives: 1) Gold-and-above winning wines will be featured at an exclusive Experience Media Day*, to be held at Soda Rock Winery the day after the competition, on May 2; 2) The judges’ tasting notes will be shared with all gold-and-above winners post-competition; and 3) Winning wines will be invited to pour at the Great Rosé Infusion of Summer consumer event in June.
“Last year’s competition winner, Draxton Wines, scored an unbelievable 100 points for its 2017 Pinot Meunier Rosé, Napa Valley,” states Competition Director Debra Del Fiorentino. “The competition attracts the finest Rosé wine producers at the highest levels, and this year’s entrants will be of that same caliber,”
*At the Media Day on May 2, results from the competition will be announced and select media, trade and VIPs will be invited taste wines that scored gold-and-above.
On Saturday, June 22, The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer at Soda Rock Winery, will allow attendees to sip winning wines from the competition paired with culinary creations from star chefs in the region. Other Rosé-infused beverages (spirits, beers, ciders) will also be served in a special pavilion.
The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer:
- VIP Experience: 11 AM to 12PM. Tickets $115 in advance; $125 at the door
- Main Event: 12PM to 4 PM. Tickets $85 in advance; $95 at the door; Designated Driver: $40 in advance; $45 at the door
A second consumer event will be held in October in Mendocino County, with details to be announced at a later date.
“Our events embody the essence of Experience Rosé, and we relish introducing people to the sheer variety and versatility of Rosé wines,” states Palmer. “We discover new ways to enjoy these wines every day, and it is our pleasure to share this joy with other wine lovers.”
About Soda Rock Winery
Nestled in Sonoma County’s scenic Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of wine-country experiences. Sip a delicious array of wines with a focus on Bordeaux varietals. 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.