Rosé

Rosé All Day

Can you believe we’re already in August? With summer starting to wind down, we thought it would be a great idea to squeeze in a fun field trip. Last month, we traveled to New York with friends to visit Rosé Mansion— a wine bar, amusement park and museum of science for wine! We were NOT disappointed. 

Rosé Mansion is everything you might expect, and more. We were immediately greeted by “flight attendants,” who explained what we could anticipate throughout our experience, handed our keepsake wine glasses, and given a brief history and science lesson about the magical drink that is rosé. From the moment we entered the mansion, to the moment we hopped on the escalator to exit, there were a wide variety of colorful backgrounds, themed rooms, and props to take photos with. We wasted no time trying our first wine, and taking photos as opportunities presented themselves! 

In one of the next rooms, we each took a quiz by following a map on the floor in order to help us decide which wine to try. For example, one question asked about our salsa order. We each landed in a different spot, but still decided to try the semi-sweet and sweet options. Everyone was pleased! After this “choose your own adventure” space, we landed in multiple rooms that were an instagram influencer’s dream. We had so much fun laughing, drinking, and taking pictures in rooms full of rose petals, confetti, and a sparkling ball pit. I think we all agree that this trip was the perfect excuse to take a break, relax and unwind. Here are some more photos from our experience at Rosé Mansion: 

One of our favorite wines from our trip through the mansion was Banfi Piemonte Rose Regale, which is a sweet red sparkling wine. This sparkling red wine is made from Brachetto d’Acqui in Piedmont, Italy. Legend has it that both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony sent Brachetto wine as gifts to Cleopatra. In turn, the empress had her lovers drink the wine to unleash their passion! Therefore, it is only fitting that the room we tasted this wine in was called Cleopatra’s Palace. The two of us and our friend Ernest couldn’t move on with the tour until we took a picture on our own thrones. 

We highly recommend making a trip out to Rosé Mansion if you get the chance! It was great to go with a group, and there is so much to do and see that you never feel bored. And if you want more after you finish the wine tasting portion, you can purchase other drinks like frosé while you sit on a swing in a cute cabana! 

Our trip didn’t stop there. We made our way to Dallas BBQ to refuel, and enjoy some (massive) delicious drinks. This is also a good time to shoutout Lauren, who packed all of us snacks and additional drinks for the road. 

Our main takeaway from this experience is that friends (and wine) are THE BEST. No one else will love and support you, take your photos in the best lighting, and pop out of a fake cake to throw confetti with you like your friends will. Keep the good ones close, because they’ll always have your back. 

This month’s featured wine is Banfi Piemonte Rose Regale, mentioned in the post. Tasting notes below!

This sparkling sweet red tastes of “fresh raspberries, with crisp acidity, enticing the palate with an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish.” With a festive cranberry color, this wine is “aromatic with hints of raspberries, strawberries, and rose petals.”

Rosé

More Wine Please!

Last month, Lauren hosted a vision board party for her closest friends. The night provided plenty of fun and relaxation, as well as an opportunity to enjoy great food and wine! In preparation for the event, Lauren asked guests to bring a bottle of their favorite wine, so the group could try them as they made vision boards.

The conversation was full of laughter, and provided a huge release, after what had been a hectic time for most of the group. Throughout the evening, we were able to catch up regarding professional updates such as new jobs, personal endeavors such as upcoming weddings, and various civic engagement projects.

As we began to look through the magazines and stickers, we were able to reflect on where we all were individually, and what things we might aspire to do in the future. It was the perfect time to think about the goals that we repeatedly think about, but have yet to put in motion. Throughout the evening, guests made their way to the dining room for more wine as new bottles were opened, to taste the many red and white wine options available.  After we finished our vision boards, each person had an opportunity to discuss theirs, and say what we hope to accomplish in 2019. Some of the common goals were: to find happiness, save money, live healthier lifestyles, and be intentional about our respective goals.

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Anytime women come together, something magical happens! The environment is infused with optimism, possibility, and encouragement, which is good for the soul. It is so easy to get caught up in life’s competing demands, that we often feel guilty for taking time to simply do nothing, or have fun. The old adage, “you cannot pour from an empty cup,” is so true. It is imperative to create and seek spaces that recharge you. Some key takeaways from the event were:

  • Make time to connect with friends
  • Take time to reflect, and be intentional when setting goals
  • Speak things to existence. Words manifest reality.
  • Create a supportive network to serve as accountability partners
  • Wine makes everything better!

Our wine pairing for this post is Apothic Rosé 2017, which is one of the bottles we tried that evening. Full tasting notes below!

Apothic Rosé contains layers of strawberry and watermelon, with a hint of raspberry, for a refreshing wine that is light in color, yet dark in nature.

White

Everything Happens for a Riesling

In October, our friends at Seated invited us to a happy hour event at Lou Bird’s Restaurant, which is located at 20th and Lombard. We were treated to a wide spread of their menu, along with specialty cocktails and wine. These Seated events have become the perfect respite after a long workday, and continue to be a fun way to connect with bloggers throughout the city.

One of our favorite (non-wine) beverages of the night was a mixed cocktail called The Bee’s Knees. It was refreshing and light, with the perfect burst of citrus at the end. The main ingredients included honey, gin, and lemon, but the surprise twist was a hint of lavender.

While sipping our first drinks, the two of us caught up after a few weeks of not seeing one another. There’s never a dull moment once we start talking, whether it be about recent work stress, ridiculous personal stories, or those funny memories from the past that we will never forget. Our conversation gave us a much needed opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of the last 10 months, but more importantly discuss the boundless opportunities the future holds, understanding that everything happens for a reason, even if not initially apparent. Needless to say, after a few laughs, and a few life updates, we promptly returned to the bar for round two!

With drinks in hand, we were ready to check out the delicious food Lou Bird’s was serving up. We started with a cheese and fruit board, and tried everything from dumplings with a cabbage slaw to fancy sliders and mini cheesesteaks. Of course, they didn’t let us leave without trying dessert, too! Below are photos of some of the other options on Lou Bird’s menu. Don’t forget: Lou Bird’s has a double happy hour on Wednesdays from 5-7 and 9-1.

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Our takeaways from this experience were:

  • Never go long stretches without seeing your friends, if you can avoid it. They help make the hard days easy, and the easy days fun!
  • If the bartender is mixing up a new cocktail, definitely try it– and ask for the ingredients. You could stumble upon your new favorite drink.
  • Lou Bird’s Restaurant has delicious food, with a wide range. Check it out, and let us know what you think! (menu here)

Our featured wine for this month is S.A. Prüm “Essence” Riesling (which you can find on the menu at Lou Bird’s). Full tasting notes below!

“Pale gold in color. On the nose, aromatic, with scents of apricot and peach. On the palate, fresh fruit flavors of pineapple and apricot are perfectly balanced by a racy acidity and mineral character.”