Happy rosé season! Spring is here and with it, one of my favorite kinds of wine. This year, D.C. is taking rosé season seriously, with four rosé gardens now open and one on the way. Read on to find out where to get your rosé on.
The patio adjacent to Westend Bistro in the prestigious Ritz Carlton D.C. is converted into a rosé garden every Friday evening this summer. The menu features rosé by the glass and bottle, a lovely rosé flight, and rosé cocktails. There are also small snacks that pair perfectly with rosé, including a baked goat cheese with sweet figs, served with crusty crostini. My favorite cocktail was Rosie’s 75, a seasonal twist on a French 75. It’s effervescence is refreshing, it isn’t too sweet, and it is especially boozy. There is also the Petals and Peaches, which has sparkling rosé, lillet rosé, creme de peche, and a grapefruit juice, and the Pimms and Proper, a sparkling wine Pimm’s Cup.
Nobody is taking rosé more seriously this spring than Whaley’s. With pink flowers and umbrella, you are truly in a rosé garden when you visit the venue’s outdoor patio. Choose from nearly a dozen different rosé wines, as well as frozen drinks and a couple of cocktails.
It’s Rosé All May at Vinoteca, which means time is running out. The rosé flight features three rosés, and there is a huge menu of rosé wines by the glass and bottle. My friends and I did the flight and then we shared the Bodegas, a Tempranillo rosé from Spain. It was super bright, tart and refreshing. They also have rosé vermouth, rosé cider, and rosé sangria, but we stuck to the classic rosé wine. If you really want to get in the rosé spirit, get the rosé parade, a float made with sparkling Lambrusco and maraschino cherry ice cream.
Bar Dupont has also jumped on the rose garden bandwagon by offering a special menu entitled “Stop and Smell the Rosé.” It has not only plenty of still rosés by the glass and bottle, but also several sparkling, including Charles de Fere Bruit Rosé, a Spanish cava, and several French sparkling rosés, one of which is from Provence, an area famous for rosé.
This beer garden opens in Rosslyn in June. Not open and not in D.C. aren’t good things. But Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is consulting on the menu and rosé will be on tap. We are intrigued and will be checking it out next month. Come back for our First Look.