We wanted to get the inside scoop about Rosé and weddings and what better person to ask than the in-the-know expert on the Lonely Planet’s top five Best in Travel world destinations, Waiheke Island. We would like to introduce you to Sophia Hoadley who is the master at creating the best day ever for couples the world over at one of the most picturesque islands in the world!
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Being a local girl, or ‘ Waihetian’ as they say, I’m a little spoilt for choice when it comes to good wine. The Island has always been a notable producer of premium boutique wines, including some insanely delicious Rosés. So when it comes to recommending wines, I’m all about what we grow and produce locally. I’m a strong believer in incorporating Waiheke wines at all of our weddings. Sure, there may be some classic French champagne for toasting, and some full bodied reds for later on, but let’s be honest, no wedding is complete without our heroine, Rosé. In hues of blush through to hot pink, this wine is always the colour of the party!
In my opinion, a good Rosé is one of the most delightful aperitif wines and is a total hit in the food pairing department. Rosé goes well with quintessential summer dishes, including: oysters, melon and prosciutto, beet and goat cheese salad — all dishes that work well at wedding events. Unlike a red wines heaviness, the light mouthfeel and lower alcohol levels of a Rosé create a merry atmosphere without making guests feel too tired too early.
Want Rosé and sparkling, but can only serve one wine? Put the two together! Sparkling Rosé, has increased in popularity in the wedding scene, and I’m a huge fan of Waiheke’s ‘Ombra’ Sparkling Rosé from Poderi Crisci Vineyard.
A little tip for those of you getting married on Waiheke Island, and looking to include a good local Rosé on the menu… be sure to pre-order well in advance! Most vineyards are boutique, and only small batches are produced- meaning they sell out fast. The best stop for wines is the Waiheke Wine Centre in Oneroa, conveniently located, and stocking a wide selection of both local and New Zealand wines. It’s also a great place to spend some time by booking a tasting and discovering your new favourite Rosé.
This summer I’m drinking Cedalion 2015 Rose, by world renowned, Waiheke based, Master of Wine Sam Harrop. Expect fresh red summer fruits, hints of white pepper and jasmine and undertones of fresh thyme with a chalky, bone-dry finish. This wine has been the perfect accompaniment at beach parties, midsummer gatherings and weddings.
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