It just wouldn’t be Rosé Month without Paul Chevalier. And by that I mean it literally wouldn’t be! It’s quite possible that without Paul’s efforts over the past decade, none of us would have ever heard of a little rosé named Whispering Angel, the pink juggernaut that rocked the wine world and essentially become the poster-wine for the #RoseRevolution.
As National Fine Wine Director for Shaw-Ross Imports, Paul’s collaboration with Sacha Lichine, son of Bordeaux legend Alexis Lichine and owner of Chateau D’Esclans, launched this brand and rosé in general into the stratosphere of popularity and changed how rosé wine was viewed around the world.
In our timely interview, Paul explains first and foremost what makes Provencal rosé so unique. He also shares his thoughts on the rise of rosé over the past ten years and speculates as to where it’s headed in the future. He also shares exciting information on Chateau D’Esclans’ latest project which involves a partnership with the glamorous Fontainebleau Hotel in South Beach.
I’m so excited for you to hear my interview with Paul Chevalier so please kick back, pour yourself a glass of something Provencal and pink, and press play for all the details!
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
1.) Our amazing visit to Chateau D’Esclans in Provence.
2.) “The Truth About Rosé” – my Fox News article with more on the Chateau D’Esclans story.
3.) “Wines of the Week” on Facebook LIVE: “The Rosés of Provence”
4.) A glamorous Chateau D’Esclans Rosé Brunch Hosted by Martha Stewart and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the South Beach Wine + Food Festival.
While we often hear about wines that are highly allocated and impossible to find, it’s not every day we hear the same about…gummy bears? Pouncing on the white hot rosé trend are the confectioners at high-end candy boutique, Sugarfina, whose Whispering Angel Rosé-infused gummy bears are undoubtedly the most coveted sweet of the Summer.
Yes, you read right, the über-popular Provencal Whispering Angel rosé that captured our palates a few years ago (please click here for more info) is now infused in delicious gummy candies! The rosé-infused gummy bears and roses join Sugarfina’s existing line of alcohol-inspired candies which also includes Champagne bears, Peach Bellinis, Cuba Libres and Pale Ale Pints, however the rosé line seems to have taken off into the sugary stratosphere. The company’s initial release of the “Rosé All Day Gummy Bears” in June 2016 sold out in under two hours and a second batch of “Yes Way Rosé Gummy Roses” released in early July was also – POOF- gone in a flash!
“The wait list is currently over 12,000 people,” says Annie Worthington, PR Representative for Sugarfina. So will there be enough gummy love to satisfy everyone? The company is currently pre-selling their “Yes Way Rosé” 2-piece Bento Box ($20) which includes the two aforementioned candies encased in separate, super-chic Lucite cubes (approx. 3.5oz each – see photos in this post) tucked into a signature pink and blue keepsake box. The Bento Box can even be gift wrapped with a handwritten note just in case you’d like to send one to your bestie. The “Rosé All Day” Party Pack ($50) is also on pre-sell and includes 6 small “Rosé All Day” gummy bear cubes. The Sugarfina website promises delivery of these items, “3-4 weeks after the end of the pre-sale.”
But do these rosé-infused gummies really live up to all the hype? As a Certified Sommelier, Wine Judge and longtime lover of both rosé and gummies I would have to say “yes!” The beautiful, rosy pink gummy bears and roses have faint aromas of red berries and citrus while on the palate, flavors of strawberry, lychee and rose petals are gratifyingly sweet. A lively tartness balances out the sweet while also stimulating the taste buds, which keeps you reaching for that next gummy. The Lucite cubes also keep the candies perfectly fresh and, once opened, they come apart easily and have a heavenly chewy, gummy texture. The flavor really does mirror the Whispering Angel Rosé, but do NOT expect to feel a buzz when eating them! While the candies are infused with the wine, all the alcohol is burned off during the cooking process, so these are officially NON-alcoholic candies.
So if you’re a fan of Whispering Angel Rosé or you feel like indulging in some glamorous gummy bears or BOTH (like me!), go ahead and jump on the candy bandwagon so you too can “Rosé All Day!” If you’re in South Florida, Sugarfina has a location at the Aventura Mall that’s celebrating its 4th Birthday on August 5th. Of course, you can also just pop over to their website to place your order as well. If you’ve had a chance to sample the Whispering Angel Rosé-infused gummy bears I’d love to hear what you think, so please feel free to speak your mind in the Comments section below.
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