IT'S ON! The sites have been confirmed, the wines chilled, the flights selected, the head-to-toe-pink outfits set out in giddy anticipation of Tuesday's FIRST EVER IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE ROSE' CRAWL!!!
I, for one, am a little excited. Even though I'm veteran, year-round supporter of the salmon-hued (you must've seen my truck in the parking lot...), I waited 'til it was good and summery to drag the lot of you around Carytown sampling ample amounts of the good stuff. We'll start at Amici, work our way to Amour & Can Can, then end up at Secco for flights and pink bubbles! DRINK PINK PEOPLE!!!
For details and emasculation-myth debunking, see Matt's hilarious and informative Secco blog post below.
On the evening of Tuesday, June 28th, Richmond, VA will play host to what, as far as we can tell, is the FIRST ROSÉ CRAWL IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!!
And while I'm sure some of you are instantly psyched at the prospect, I also accept that, to the average American, the phrase "Rosé Crawl" probably evokes an image that looks something like Glee meets The Golden Girls - a procession of polyester-clad geriatrics and overly enthusiastic 'tweens riding a magenta-hued wave of saccharine syrup.
With that in mind, I'd like to address the stigma that has haunted rosés for far too long now. Let's start by debunking some popular misconceptions.
Rosé is not "grandma wine," nor is it sickly sweet, nor will it cause a man to menstruate.
In contrast to the White Zinfandels and Blushes that haunt our collective memory, classic dry rosés are light and crisp, sometimes minerally and complex and, above all, INSANELY REFRESHING. They are, IMHO, THE wine to drink in the summer, coming about as close to "thirst quenching" as an alcoholic beverage can get.
Further complicating rosés' struggle for mainstream acceptance is an irrational fear of the color pink - the hysterical notion that all shades relegated to the purgatory that exists between red and white are somehow imbued with the power to undermine one's manhood. Oh, how many times have I witnessed some poor dude's desperate attempt at playing alpha by insisting "I DON'T DRINK PINK WINE!" reacting to my recommendation as if I had just asked him to slow dance.
Look, I'm no Chuck Norris* myself, but if your sense of sexual identity is so flimsy that the color of a beverage can put you on the defensive, that can't be good a sign.
(Leave me be....I have a wife and children...NOOOOO!!!)
So, while on the surface, this first ever Rosé Crawl is just a group of people drinking delicious stuff on a Tuesday evening, there's really much more to it. This is a statement of pride. This is a call to arms for all those who trust their senses over the rantings of the ignorant masses. Yes, on Tuesday, June 28th, will we stand tall in the face of judgment and show the world what truly free men and women look like!
...Incidentally, it looks like a group of people drinking delicious stuff on a Tuesday evening.
CARYTOWN ROSÉ CRAWL - TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH
5:30pm Amici Ristorante - 3343 West Cary Street
NV Mottura, Negroamaro Salento
6:15pm Amour Wine Bistro - 3129 West Cary Street
2009 Château De Valcombe, Costières de Nîmes
7:00pm Can Can Brasserie - 3120 West Cary Street
2010 Domaine de Mirail, Cotes de Gascogne
7:45pm Secco Wine Bar - 2933 West Cary Street
Two special flights (in addition to our current selection of over a dozen rosés)
Both Amour and Secco will be offering special food pairings as well. There is no sign up and no cover charge. You simply show up and pay for what you drink/eat. Times (except for the 5:30PM start) are approximations. For any further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all there!
*Julia's attempt at using the free version of "picnik" instead of photoshop. Apologies to all graphic designers and Chuck Norris fans.