Fashion designer and Sag Harbor resident Nicole Miller has launched her own rosé, just in time for summer on the East End.
“Being half French, wine was something I grew up with,” said Miller. “We always got a little sip at dinner. I really acquired my taste for wine during my school year in Paris. Summer trips to St. Tropez and later St. Barts got me loving rosé. I also love to cook — especially in the summertime — and I always make sure to serve rosé.”
The wine is created at Château Auguste. It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes. “It’s vinified by Damien Landouar, the famous French winemaker of Château Gaby. But, more than anything, rosé is about relaxation rather than competition. This rosé is elegant and perfectly balanced with aromas of fresh raspberries and strawberries. It is dry and aromatic, luscious but light,” said Miller.
“What is unique about my rosé is that it’s made in Bordeaux while most are made in Provence,” she continued. “As a Francophile and wine-lover, I fell in love with the area years ago. I was impressed to learn how the great Châteaux from Bordeaux were able to produce such incredible rosés. I’ve traveled around Provence as well and visited many vineyards and I found this rosé far superior.”
Miller will serve as the fashion honoree at this summer’s Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening event on Saturday, July 13, in Bridgehampton. She has also launched a line of sunglasses, available at Optyx in East Hampton.
The rosé retails for $19.99 and you can pick up a bottle at Cavaniola’s Market. It’s also available at restaurants like Dopo La Spiaggia and Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor.