Hampton Water Rosé
Blend: 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah
Rich and crisp, bursts of red fruit, white peaches and just a touch of white chocolate, with a long-lasting finish, intensified by aging in French oak barrels. Good choice for pairing with grilled salmon or a light creamy seafood pasta dish. Hampton Water ranked best rosé of 2018 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List.
Available on-line and locally – Wine Gourmet $26 range
The story behind the wine:
It all started one night while Jesse and his Notre Dame roommate, Ali Thomas, were at his house in the Hamptons, and Jesse’s dad offered them some rosé wine he jokingly referred to as “pink juice.”
But Jesse tells Fox News that he and Ali already had their own nickname for rosé, which they usually only drank in the Hamptons.
“We said, ‘No, no, listen. Dad, you’re sitting in the Hamptons, you’re drinking Hampton Water,’” he remembered telling his father. “Then he did the cartoon double-take and looked at us, and said, ‘That’s hilarious, can you imagine if someone put that on a bottle?’”
After creating the actual rosé with Bertrand, the Hampton Water brand launched in April 2017 — and the 2017 production even sold out before its official release. The rosé reached critical acclaim in 2018, when Hampton Water ranked No. 83 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, and was also named the magazine’s best rosé of 2018.
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