Rosť is red-hot, and the Whip In knows it.
The 6th Annual Pink Mahal, a celebration of rosť wine, returns this weekend with the largest selection of rosť in the city: about 100 available for tasting (although tickets will only supply you three glasses, so choose well).
Arguably, the wine and beer bar, Indian restaurant, live music venue and bottle shop in South Austin knew how good rosť is a couple of years before it became such a sought-after style of wine. (The Whip In did the same with craft beer, too, in the Budweiser-dominant 1980s and í90s.) The wine, previously scorned as pink wine or blush wine, has achieved its near-universal popularity only in the last few years.
Rosť wine ó †a style that gets more color from grape skin contact than white wine but not enough to be considered red wine†ó is in the midst of a heyday, especially in Texas, where the wine is a refreshing complement to our hot, hot summers. Itís not hard to guess why we want rosť all day.
In addition to coming in shades in between red and white wine, the diverse rosť is a perfect middle ground between them: able to be made with a variety of red wine grapes but resulting in a lighter body and brighter flavors more similar to white wine.
From 1 to 5 p.m. on May 20, both Whip Inís patio and wine bar will have†rosť exclusively, having both large-format bottles and even some of the wine on tap. The $35 tickets get you three glasses of any of the†rosť and access to an appetizer bar with ďplenty of pink-friendly pairings,Ē according to Whip In. Additional glasses can be purchased for $5.MORE: Get to know Austinís breweries, distilleries and more in the Austin360 Boozery Guide
Donít miss the Dandy†Rosť from Rae Wilson of Wine for the People, which is helping to produce the event. Made with all Texas-grown grapes, the wine is a dry French-style rosť†ó an example of the delicious locally grown and produced wines that Texas excels at making.]]