If your life mantra is "rosé all day," the Healdsburg Pink Party just might be the wine country party of your dreams.
The Healdsburg Pink Party is an all-rosé event held at the beautiful Barndiva Gardens in Healdsburg, California and 2017 marked the third year of the celebration. Over 20 local wineries gather to pour their rosés for guests, who sport stylish pink attire and snack on passed appetizers provided by Barndiva.
The Healdsburg Pink Party has become an industry favorite and tickets sell out within just days. I had to track down my tickets this year from a girl selling hers on Craigslist and meet up with her in a Starbucks parking lot. A little extreme? Possibly, but so worth it.
The Pink Party is one of the most lovely events of the season because of its intimate feel, high quality wine producers, and of course... incredible rosés! Here are my top 3 favorites from the event:
2016 Relic Wine Cellars Rosé of Pinot Noir
With so many Sonoma County-produced rosés in sight, it was a refreshing change of pace to see a winery from Napa Valley at the Pink Party. The creative bottle shape and white wax dip instantly caught my attention walking past their table, but what's inside is even better - Strawberry, cherry, white flowers, raspberry, and spice.
2016 Idlewild The Flower, Flora & Fauna Rosé
Idlewild is one of my favorite new tasting rooms in downtown Healdsburg and winemaker, Sam Bilbro, focuses on Piedmont varietals - A fun way to shake things up in the land of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The other two rosés on this list were made from Pinot Noir, but Idlewild's rosé is completely different - A blend of 51% Dolcetto, 25% Nebbiolo, and 24% Barbera. These grapes were grown in Mendocino County and co-fermented to allow the varietals to truly mesh together. With notes of orange peel, alpine herbs, grapefruit, and wildflowers, this rosé is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all your summer festivities.
2016 Reeve Rosé of Pinot Noir
You might be familiar with Reeve Wines winemaker, Noah Dorrance, from Banshee Wines acclaim, but Reeve is definitely becoming a shining star in its own right and this rosé really impressed me! Made from Mendocino County Pinot Noir and biodynamically farmed, this rosé boasts flavors of strawberry cream, lemon thyme, and kumquat and is partially made from Roederer Clone 32, which is a Pinot Noir clone traditionally used to make sparkling wine. The citrus notes in this rosé were what really stood out to me and I couldn't stop talking about this wine for the rest of the day. Reeve hosts tastings by appointment at their Dry Creek Valley property and rumor has it, magnums of this rosé are available there too.
>>> If you didn't make the Healdsburg Pink Party this year, don't miss out on your chance to get tickets for the upcoming Fête Blanc: Summer Bubbles and Unique Whites Wines event on August 6th, 2017 at the Barndiva Gardens.