On June 13, 2014 Examiner.com was on the scene at the first ever La Nuit En Rosé, or The Pink Night, to celebrate the premiere wine tasting event dedicated to rosé wines. The event, which featured 85 world class rosé wine labels was held on the Hornblower Hybrid Yacht which sailed the Hudson river. Guests enjoyed stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, a very fun (and pink!) photo booth, and ate exotic foods such as liquor-infused ice-cream.
We spoke to the marketing manager for the Mouton Cadet label which also had one of the busier booths of the night.
What brought your brand to this event?
MC: Well, I think a lot of times people associate Bordeux wines with red blends and especially with Mouton Cadet a lot of people know us for our red wines so this festival is a really good opportunity to share our rosé with the consumers.
And what exactly is rosé?
MC: It's made from a red grape, but unlike a red wine where a red wine spends an extended period of time with the skin and juice blending together, rosé is usually when the skin and juice only spent a short amount of time soaking together so you get a lighter color and lighter body and a lighter style.
This is the first La Nuit En Rosé, is rosé gaining in popularity?
MC: I think in the United States, yes rosé has really taken off in recent years especially dry rose - a lot of people were used to White Zinfandel, but I think in recent year people have taken to rosés because they're great year round. It used to be only rosé in the summer when it was hot out but now I think you can have it any time of the day anytime of the year, it goes with so many types of food, its low alcohol, its fun and its beautiful!
On June 12, 2014, Loft & Bear artisanal vodka hosted the U.S. premiere of A24’s "The Rover," which recently celebrated its world premiere as an Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Writer/director David Michôd and actors Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson were joined by additional celebrity guests Katy Perry, Zac Efron, Michelle Rodriguez and Peter Facinelli. Following the screening, guests headed over to the W Hotel Westwood. The film hits theaters nationwide on Friday, June 20.
On June 10, 2014, we attended a private viewing of Peter Davies’s new exhibit, "Functional/Ritual," which is his first gallery opening in America. It’s a continuation of his previous exhibition in London, which was called "Invocation." The more I looked at the Scottish artist’s eleven new abstract paintings in this collection, the more I realized it must have been a labor of love. He meticulously repeats tiny patterns in monochrome, exploring, it shows just how far a certain pattern can be stretched. On one canvas he’s repeating tiny checkered squares. On another, he’s drawn a series of dotted lines, darker in some places, lighter in others.
From afar, it’s as if he’s challenging the viewer to find pictures hidden in his patterns. From up close, it’s unclear whether these images were intentional or not. We lean it closer to his pictures, and we see his pencil marks, learning that every dot was painstakingly planned for the utmost effect. Davies has captured quite a feat in these pictures--I found myself marveling at the amount of care that he has to have sustained over a such a large grid. Seeing the paintings in "Function/Ritual" may be worth it for that alone.
On June 10, 2014, myself and other invited guests enjoyed the first tastes of this summer’s new Wendy’s Seasonal Salad – the Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad. California strawberries, honey roasted sunflower seeds, blue cheese crumbles, Applewood Smoked Bacon, grilled chicken over a bed of fresh greens and a Marzetti Simply Dressed Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette, who said eating salads everyday for lunch would be boring?
Oblivious to the common ruckus going on around Rockefeller Center, we stood stories above at the 620 Loft & Garden for a little rooftop party on Tuesday alongside style icon Molly Sims as she discussed some of her favorite summer fashion trends, and the word is out, a nude heel, some great earrings, a denim shirt paired with some Ray-Bans is the way to go. One could never feel guilty about indulging at an event like this, it was like picnicking in a park except on a roof catered by my most preferred fast food joint Wendy’s and their newest summer salad, some cooling Strawberry Lemonade to help with the humidity, a little bit of fashion, picture taking, some classic lawn games, a braided bracelet bar, music and the city as a live background. It was certainly an awesome pre-party situation.
On June 5, 2014, Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Paul Briganti, filmmaker Gillian Robespierre and producer Elisabeth Holm all attended the premiere of their much buzzed about movie "Obvious Child." Following the screening guests headed over to Wood & Vine for canapés and Svedka cocktails.
Sudden rain and all, the Kahlua Summer Shake-Up was another fabulous way to bring in the summer, even after all those Memorial Day BBQs the prior week. Aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Manhattans west side, the liqueur brand hosted their campaign kick-off event, one of many across the country on June 3, 2013, promoting summer-time fun mixed with delicious cocktails. There was a free flowing share of specialty drinks, bites of food and screening of the classic film Wet Hot American Summer – how appropriate. And, don’t let me forget about the photo station, the modern day party must-have. Together with NY Mag, Jes Maccallan from the ABC series Mistresses was in attendance, steering the party boat wheels.
Staying clear of the rain, I took a corner with my White Russian in hand, one of the special-ingredient Kahlua blends of the night, I never had a Kahlua Mai Tai before, and should the sun have been out, I would have really indulged in one of their frozen cocktails as well. All soup’d up after this event, being the party planner that I like to think myself as, I might need to coordinate something soon featuring Kahlua in some classic summer BBQ red cups.
Angeli Kakade and Sade Graham contributed reporting.