“The rosé drinker has changed in recent years. The discovery of the Provençal style has made it into a much more accessible drink, and there are also a handful of really great English producers making both still and sparkling varieties.”
So says Chris Crosby, co-founder of London’s inaugural Rosé Festival (July 21-23; £15 for a one-day ticket), which will open up around 30 varieties of the most sophisticated bottlings for tasting in the company of many of the wines’ producers. Taking place at the Geffrye Museum (a verdant retreat from Hackney’s Kingsland Road, its garden lush in summer with herbs and flowers), it will spotlight libations from Laurent-Perrier, Domaines OTT, Whispering Angel, Greyfriars and others, as well as rosé ciders, vermouths, lemonades and proseccos, and food will be supplied by the likes of Bob’s Lobster and The Cheese Bar.
Shakespearean recitals, opera and jazz performances will punctuate the tastings, and £1 from each ticket sale will go towards refurbishing the museum’s charming 18th-century buildings.