By: Alyssa Montalbano
Rosé drinking culture has taken a forefront in leisurely lifestyles. Some would say rosé should only be poured with spicy food or hidden in great grandma’s coffee cup in the form of White Zinfandel but trends are showing it popup as one of the most versatile categories of wine. Rosé is now synonymous with day drinking, Sunday fundays, brunch, patio pounding, beach life and even cocktails. Two of the top selling cocktails at Trattoria Il Mulino are rose based–most prominently the Rosé Watermelon Sangria made with Notorious Pink Rosé.
Notorious Pink is a special blush cuvée made from 100% Grenache, the leading grape varietal at Domaine la Colombette in the south of France’s Lanquedoc region. The innovative name, packaging and luxury appeal are the creation of Notorious Wines Inc. Notorious Pink Rosé on it’s own works as a “session” beverage, meaning, you can sip on it responsibly throughout an activity and not worry about getting overly intoxicated. It’s relatively lower alcohol than drinking cocktails and lower in sulphites than white or red wine. Because it’s dry, it yields a lot less calories too.
Notorious Pink is the standard for what you expect from a great rosé at a phenomenal price point. Coming in at under $20 a bottle and in side by side comparisons with some of the higher end (more expensive) roses’ it easily knocks them out of the water. All in all I would call it a benchmark rosé–if someone asks for a rosé, Notorious Pink is exactly the style of rosé they mean.
– Logan Ronkainen
Owner / Mixologist @ Punch & Pie NYC
Blush pink in color, Notorious Pink is very aromatic with citrus and red fruit. Floral with crisp and refreshing mineral character, Notorious Pink is not as dry as most French rosé wines. Enjoy with or without food, it works well with seafood, vegetables, pastas and poultry dishes.
ROSÉ WATERMELON SANGRIA
• 3 bottles Brockmans Gin
(or may use vodka or Brandy)
• 6 bottles Notorious Pink
• 1.5 quarts Watermelon Cordial
– 1 part fresh watermelon juice
– 1 part table sugar
• 1 quart Lemon Juice
• 1 cup Meletti Bitter (to taste / color)
POUR INTO A WINE GLASS WITH ICE; ADD A SPLASH OF SODA AND A WATERMELON SLICE TO GARNISH; REFRESH.