Love Rosé? This Tasting Will Make You an Expert

The evening also includes a cheese tasting and butchery demo.

Springtime (and warm weather, we presume?) is here, which means that it’s almost time for everyone’s favorite pink-hued alcoholic beverage to dominate.

Thanks to the Philly Chef Conference, you can learn all about rosé before you pop bottles this summer. In a continuation of conference programming, sommelier Victoria James will present a lecture and tasting of rosés at Drexel University’s Academic Bistro. And she’s bringing along some special guests to discuss the ways rosé pairs so well with artisan cheeses and pasture-raised meats.

James, corporate beverage director at Piora and Côte restaurants in New York, just published her book Drink Pink: a Celebration of Rosé, all about the popular but often misunderstood wine. She’ll give a lecture, lead a tasting, and sign copies of her book.

But there’s so much more to rosé than sipping it on the beach, and James has enlisted some Philly-based friends to help her elaborate on how nicely the wine plays with food. The evening also includes a cheese lesson and tasting from the ladies of the Collective Creamery cheese CSA (cheesemonger Alex Jones, plus cheesemakers Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm and Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse) and a butchery demo by Primal Supply Meats’ Heather Thomason.

The event will be held at the Academic Bistro, located on the sixth floor at 101 North 33rd Street on Drexel’s campus, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 22. Tickets are $50, which includes admission and a free copy of Drink Pink, and you can get them here.

Disclaimer: Yes, I’m the Alex Jones who’s leading a cheese tasting at this event. No, I’m not the other one.

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