On Saturday afternoon my husband Joe and I headed to The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton. Domaine Select Wine and Spirits was hosting a rosé tasting. A representative from Domaine was on hand to guide us through a tasting session that focused on six different rosés.
The event started with a delicious spread of cheese, fruit, and charcuterie. We took our seats in plush chairs in the living room at the boutique inn. The home-away-from-home decor and a cozy fire set the perfect backdrop for the main event, the rosé tasting.
When it comes to wine, I’ve never been great at describing the nose, body, tannin, or any other characteristic. The extent of my knowledge: truly understanding that I really enjoy wine. My goal is to fake it well enough to order wine at a restaurant and not look like a complete amateur. That being said, I love to learn and was excited to gain some knowledge on the subject of everyone’s favorite Hamptons summer libation, rosé.
We started with a Bollicine Rosé Non Vintage from Veneto, Italy, from winemaker Serafini & Vidotto. It’s a great “rosé-all-day” rosé we were told, because of its lower alcohol content. This sparking rosé also pairs well with prosciutto or manchego cheese. The steel barrel fermentation process—which is quicker than a traditional bottle fermentation—yeilds a crisp sparkling wine that’s 90 percent chardonnay, 10 percent pinot noir, and 100 percent on my shopping list this summer.
Next we tried the 2013 Peter Jacob Kuhn Spatburgunder [Sekt] Brut Rosé, which came from Rheingau, Germany. Made from 100 percent pinot noir, this wine is hand harvested by 11th generation wine makers. It is also made using the traditional Champagne method.
The Lamiable Rosé Grand Cru Non Vintage from Champagne, France was next on the tasting menu. This was my favorite, and unfortunately for me, the most expensive of the bunch. This champagne is 60 percent chardonnay and 40 percent pinot noir.
The last three were also very enjoyable. We finished up with a 2016 Barone Ricasole “Albia” Rosé from Tuscany, Italy, a 2017 Mas des Bressades Rosé Costiere de Nimes, and the 2017 Two Rivers “Isle of Beauty” Rosé from Marlborough, New Zealand.
The Baker House 1650 is open year round. Visit www.bakerhouse1650.com for more information.