Bris-vegas may be a city of glitter and gold, but yesterday it was awash with pink! Last night 45 women packed into one of Brisbane’s hottest small bars – The Laneway – to sip their way through 31 dry, textural Rosé wines from all over Australia (and a few French ones too).
There’s nothing like getting your girlfriends together over a few glasses of wine, is there? It’s a sure-fire recipe for a fabulous night out. And with so many Rosé wines to try there was no shortage of hilarity and fun as we all sipped our way through the sea of pink, compared styles and preferences, made suggestions to each other about what to try next and scorned the lack of respect that often accompanies the marketing of Rosé to ‘female wine drinkers’.
“These are all excellent, dry, complex wines – not the usual lolly water that I’m so often told I’m supposed to like,” one guest was overheard remarking.
That’s right. There’s few things more irksome than overly patronising wine marketing. We’re not ‘female wine drinkers’ (as though we’re some special dichotomy of species). We’re wine drinkers! Who also happen to be women. We love our vino. It just so happens we also like hanging out with our female friends and enjoying it together in our own special way. Just like men who like to drink wine together. But for some reason that’s revered, whereas women doing the same thing are rarely offered the same deference. Funny that.
Okay, off the soapbox now, and back to the pink wine. (Yes, alright then, a huge group of women drinking pink wine is kind of hard to have a serious conversation about. But we had a go. And we meant every word.)
Rosé is widely regarded as being an incredibly flexible food wine, pairing wonderfully with a wide range of flavours. So food was a must! Delicious canapes, prepared by the chefs from The Urbane (the two-hatted restaurant big brother of The Laneway) were served throughout the evening. The food was specifically crafted to match the large selection of floral, dry pink wines on offer, and included:
- Salmon gravalax with cucumber
- Baby beetroot and herbed goat cheese
- Marinated octopus salad
- Mackerel and chorizo croquettes
- Parmesan crusted zucchini with tomato jam
Between sips and slurps, attendees also had their make-up touched up at the Napoleon Perdis beauty bar, thanks to the fabulous Karen and her team at Runway Express.
(If you want to book Karen for your own event or private party in Brisbane you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love her!!)
Make-up touch-ups? Yep. It’s over the top girly. But this was a GIRLS wine night, so why not? Why not do the things we love while we enjoy our wine? Does that somehow lesson our appreciation or ‘serious’ enjoyment? We think not. (Cigars and a game of cards, boys?)
Back to the main business though, the wines we tasted. What a line up! Some of the runaway favourites of the night – the ones that were asked for over and over again – included those from Dandelion Vineyards, La Boheme (De Bortoli), Innocent Bystander, Zonte’s Footstep ‘Scarlett Ladybird’ and Mitchell Harris.
The full list of the wines we tasted:
- De Bortoli La Boheme Act II Pinot Noir Rosé 2012
- De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir Rosé 2011
- Yering Station Village 2011 ED Pinot Noir Rosé
- Chateau La Rayre Bergerac 2010
- Port Phillip Estate 2012 Salasso Rosé
- Cumulus Wines Rolling Pink 2011
- Lerida Estate Lake George Pinot Rosé 2011
- Thick as Thieves 2012 Pinot Noir ‘La Vie Rustique’
- Innocent Bystander 2011 Pinot Rosé
- The Wanderer Yarra Valley Rosé 2011
- Domaine de La Croix “La Croix Irresistible” Rosé 2010
- Audrey Wilkinson Rosé 2010
- Logan Wines Apple Tree Flat 2012 Rosé
- Cleggett The Pearl Rosé 2012
- Seville Estate The Barber Rosé 2012
- Medhurst Rosé 2012
- Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Grenache Rosé 2012
- Crabtree Watervale Grenache Rosé 2012
- Between Five Bells Shiraz Pinot Noir Graciano 2012 Rosé
- Dandelion Vineyards Fairytale of the Barossa Grenache Rosé 2012
- Pink Claw Pinot Noir Rosé 2011 – Mornington Peninsula
- Dalz Otto Rosato 2012 – King Valley
- Willoughby Park Denmark Tempranillo Rosé 2012
- Foster e Rocco Rosé Sangiovese 2012
- Pillar Box Sangiovese Cabernet Franc Rosé 2012
- Zonte’s Footstep ‘Scarlet Ladybird’ Rosé 2012
- Penley Estate ‘Over the Moon’ Merlot Pinot Noir Rosé 2012
- Saddler’s Creek 2 Wheels Merlot Cabernet Rosé 2011
- James Estate Cabernet Franc Rosé 2012
- Chapel Hill McLaren Vale ‘il Vescovo’ Sangiovese Rosé 2012
- Mitchell Harris Pinot Noir Sangiovese Rosé 2012
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