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Curated Consumer Event Pairs Winning Wines from Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition with Gourmet Cuisine Prepared by Wine Country Culinary Stars

San Francisco, CA – Craig Palmer and Allen Habel, co-founders of Experience Rosé (formerly Rosé Today), are pleased to announce the lineup of stellar wineries to pour at The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer, a curated consumer event and immersive experience being held at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg on Saturday, June 22. The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer is an extension of Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition that was held at Soda Rock Winery on May 1. All wineries pouring at the June 22 event, which is open to all, received Gold and above honors at the May competition. 

“Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in our passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long – foodie to newbie, winemaker to chef,” says Experience Rosé Co-Founder and Producer Craig Palmer. “Our dedication to excellence began with the Competition in May and continues with The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer in June.” 

At the 2019 Competition, directed by Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder of Wine Competitions Management & Productions, an esteemed panel of judges awarded five Best of Show awards, nine Best of Class designations, 22 double gold and 61 gold medals. Top honors and Best of Show went to the Balletto Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Balletto will be pouring at The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer event, along with another two dozen wineries, including Wilson Artisan Wineries, Jeff Runquist Wines (Amador), Fathers & Daughters Cellars (Mendocino), Le Grand Courtage (France), Mutt Lynch Winery (Sonoma), and Scotto Cellars (Lodi).  

The June 22 event begins at 11 a.m. with an extraordinary Experience exclusively for VIP guests, titled “Rosé Without Cliché.” Thomas DeBiase (Idlewild Wines) will host a panel of distinctive winemakers pouring signature rosés that forever assert the commanding authenticity and captivating individuality rose’ can bring. Winemakers pouring and presenting their wines include Jeff Runquist (Jeff Runquist Wines, Amador), Antoine Favero (Wilson Artisan Wines, Sonoma and Mendocino), and Rick Moshin (Moshin Vineyards, Sonoma).

During the public event, from noon to 4 p.m., guests can mix, mingle and taste in spaciously set-out themed tasting areas on the picturesque and historic grounds of Soda Rock Winery. Tasting areas are designed to illustrate how readily rosé pairs with so many different cuisines, and guest chefs will be on hand presenting delicious bites. French-trained chef Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste (Mason Porcella) will serve elegant charcuterie offerings; Melissa Yanc, Healdsburg’s wildly acclaimed artisan baker, brings a tantalizing array of her mouth-watering artisan breads from her Quail and Condor; and Brian Bank will be showcasing his popular new BBQ hot spot in Fairfax, Way Station. By popular demand, Steel Jam has been invited back to fill the event with the exuberance of steel drum.  

“There is a burgeoning appetite for all things rosé,” states Experience Rosé Co-Founder Allen Habel. “Our goal is to showcase excellence, and the Competition sets that standard. This year we evaluated not only the best in rosé wines, but in rosé-infused spirits, beers and ciders. This is a first-of-its-kind idea for a public event.”

Early bird tickets are available now at experiencerose.com. VIP: $115; General Admission: $85; Designated Driver: $45. Tickets for The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer can be purchased by visiting www.experiencerose.com.

To view a complete list of 2019 winners, visit https://www.winecompetitions.com/experiencerose or http://rosewinetoday.com/2019-competition.

Experience Rosé is proud to thank its Presenting Sponsor, Bank of Marin, and Hosting Sponsors: Soda Rock Winery, Jeff Runquist Wines, Spirited, and Wine Competitions Management. 

About Soda Rock Winery
Nestled in Sonoma County’s scenic Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of wine-country experiences. Sip a delicious array of wines with a focus on Bordeaux varietals. View the splendid surroundings and appreciate the historical buildings that have been beautifully restored using green building and recycling practices. Soda Rock is the original site of the Alexander Valley general store and post office, and was once the central hub of activity for the valley. Historic records provide evidence of the first bonded winery on this property in 1880. With a large line-up of Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux varietals, Soda Rock wines are big and bold, just like its historic past.