It's funny to think, there was a time not so long ago when rosé
wine was the pretty drink you fell in love with on summer holiday.
But like all summer flings, the romance would end abruptly
The rule was, like the dubious beach-bum boyfriend, you didn't
bring the plonkish liquid back to the city. Because like the
skimpy, tasseled dress from the market, the plaited fluoro bracelet
or the painting bought at the side of the port - rosé just didn't
But things have changed so much, that Sam Heathcote, sommelier
at Alain Ducasse's new restaurant Rivea (with a menu inspired by
the food markets of Italy and Provence) has created an entire Rosé
Masterclass. Aged just 32, Heathcote a rising star from
Melbourne who was plucked by Ducasse to head up the imbibing
department at Rivea, is so impressed with the new wave of pink
wines that he has created a tasting of 5 different wines including
the sparkling 'Atmosphere'.
"On the whole people aren't familiar with how varied and complex
rosé wines are, and how different they can be in colour, density
and richness," explains Heathcote. "Pairing Chef Ducasse's
'Cuisine de Soleil' with wines specifically from the South of
France is a great match."
So the new rule is, return from your holiday with the best
quality rosé in bucket loads. But don't think for a minute
that racy market dress, sail boat painting or dodgy bloke works
back in London.
Rivea at The Bulgari Hotel offered all Vanity Fair
A-List subscribers the chance to win a unique private rosé
masterclass for four people with sommelier Sam Heathcote followed
by dinner for four people at Rivea paired with rosé wines (total
worth, approximately £650). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.