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Drink Pink

Bacchanal Wine Hosts 8th Annual Rosé Fest

On Saturday (5.13), Bywater watering hole Bacchanal Wine will offer patrons la vie en rose — or more accurately, vino en rosé — with the 8th annual Rosé Fest. 


Until recently, the rosy-hued wine was quite out of vogue in the bar and restaurant scene. Bacchanal’s near-decade commitment to bringing rosé to the masses started with the occasional neighborhood wine tastings, gradually developing into a full-fledged day of drinking. The fest was the child of Bacchanal’s late founder Chris Rudge, who was a big proponent of the pink drink, and New Orleans’ winery Uncorked. 


There is a logic to this recent rise of rosé, said Coryn Caspar, Bacchanal’s Director of Operations. Traditionally, rosé season runs February of April to capitalize on the wine’s youth. “It’s unique among a lot other wines because it is best sipped young, as the taste does change a lot between vintages,” explained Caspar. But consistently warmer weather (thanks climate change!) has encouraged many wineries to keep making rosé all year round. 


That, plus the fact that rosé is not many from any specific grape or from a specific region of the world, lends to an increasing accessibility of the wine. “As it’s gotten more popular, there are so many more choices,” Caspar said. “And they’re all very different — so whether you want something heartier, something aged, or super subtle, or even sweet, there is a rosé that meets your criteria.” 


This year, Bacchanal welcomes fifteen returning vendors to the fest, which will offer over 50 wines in their backyard and treehouse spaces. Old standards featured on Bacchanal’s menu, which predominantly celebrates Old World (i.e. European) style wines, will be on hand. As will funkier, New World rosés. For the brut lover, there will be sparkling options. 


Entry to the fest is $10 a pop, and wristbands can be purchased in Bacchanal's wine shop or BBar. Wristband holders can get access the festival a full half hour early, to beat the crowds and avoid lines. 


Bacchanal is also offering a photo contest for festivalgoers. Just snap a photo of your favorite rosé of the day and upload it to social media with the hashtag #PinktoDrink to enter to win. The person with the most likes on their photo will win a gift pack, which will include a t-shirt, bottle of rosé, and plenty more. Check out Bacchanal’s guide on how to hack Rosé Fest below. 


Rosé Fest

Bacchanal Wine, 600 Poland Ave.

Saturday (5.13), 2PM-5PM


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