Today on Live! with Kelly, the show’s host and esteemed Bridgehampton resident Kelly Ripa gave Dan’s Papers a nice shout out during a conversation with guest host, former Fly Girl and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba about Long Island rosé. And in doing so, she also revealed what some might construe as our power over the local wine market.
As we all know, East End oenophiles love their juice, so if someone, or some publication, might have, maybe, once mentioned that there was a shortage of said juice, it could cause a wine panic and, perhaps, make an already existing shortage far worse. Like, Ripa says, during a shortage, “they [Hamptonites] will cut somebody for a bottle of rosé,” so this is no laughing matter.
“People in New York City, and particularly on Long Island in the summer, go rosé ballistic,” Ripa told Inaba (see video below, starting at 7:40), explaining, “People start hoarding it around this time of year, and then there’s a major rosé shortage, and they start printing about it in Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, ‘There’s a Rosé Shortage! Run for the Hills!'”
It’s at this point, we surmise, that even world famous television hosts want to make sure their supplies don’t run dry. That’s probably why, in an effort to educate Inaba about the joys of the pink stuff, Ripa magically produced a bottle of the elusive Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel rosé from her dressing room stash. “I like to say that if you have enough Whispering Angel, you turn into a screaming devil,” Ripa said, also pointing out what she calls the “Whispering Angel finger” phenomenon, which is recognizable by people’s bandaged fingers from cutting themselves on the bottle’s foil top.
From there, Ripa and Inaba chatted about and sampled some blue wine, the new fad among European millennials. But until Wölffer Estate, Channing Daughters or any other excellent East End winery starts making it, or it at least becomes available in the Unites States, we don’t have much to say about that.
We thank you for the shout out, Kelly. And as you seem to love our bounty of local wines and, we presume, the many fantastic East End restaurants and food purveyors, we’d like to extend an invitation to join us at our Dan’s Taste of Summer events. Come to Dan’s GrillHampton, Taste of Two Forks or ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk on July 22, 23 and 30, or our Dan’s Harvest East End wine event in August—or come to all four! The tickets are on us.
You can find out more at DansTasteofSummer.com.