In springtime, we drink pink.
April officially kicks off rosé season in Wine Country—here are seven fun ways to celebrate.
Drink pink all day at Rosé Fest on June 8.(Courtesy of Sterling Vineyards)
April 13, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Compline Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1300 First St., #312 (Napa), complinewine.com
This downtown Napa wine bar is run by some very serious oenophiles—one of the partners, Matt Stamp, is a Master Sommelier—which means the 13 boutique producers pouring at Compline's annual Mr. Pink Patio Party are very carefully selected. Tickets cover all you can drink pink from some names you might recognize (Scribe, Ashes & Diamonds, Littorai), as well as several small brands you've likely never heard of but will be glad you met. A DJ will be spinning tunes and food, like their famous duck fat fries, will be available for purchase. // Tickets ($35) are available online at complinewinebar.com.
April 14, Noon to 3pm
Barndiva Gardens, 231 Center St. (Healdsburg), barndiva.com
If you've never been lucky enough to snag an invite to a Barndiva wedding, here's your chance to party in their stunning and rustic Healdsburg venue and sip rosé from more than 35 of Sonoma County's top producers, including Roederer, Gary Farrell, Scribe, and West + Wilder. // Tickets ($55) are available online at barndiva.com.
May 4, 11am to 3pm
General's Daughter, W. Spain St. (Sonoma), outinthevineyard.com
Pink Saturday is back, but it's trading the streets of the Castro for the Sonoma Plaza. The original San Francisco Pride Parade pink party ran from 1995 to 2016, and now makes its triumphant return in Sonoma thanks to the folks behind Out in the Vineyard. The event will take place at the General's Daughter, featuring rosé from more than 20 local wineries, light bites from local chefs, and beats by DJ Jeremy. A silent auction will benefit Positive Images, Sonoma County's LGBTQ youth organization. // Tickets ($65 + service fee) are available online at eventbrite.com.
Pink Pool Party
June 2, 1pm to 5pm
Solage, 755 Silverado Trail North (Calistoga), aubergeresorts.com/solage
The pink stuff is made for poolside sippin' and Calistoga's Solage resort is blowing up the Instagrammable floaties for their Rosé All Day pool party as part of their summer series. Lounge by the biggest pool in Napa Valley, soak in the gorgeous backdrop of the Mayacamas Mountains, and sip rosé three ways: still, sparkling, and frosé. There will also be a DJ and taco menu from SolBar executive chef Gustavo Rios. // Tickets ($50, or free if you book a stay at the resort) are available online at eventbrite.com.
National Rosé Day
June 8, Noon to 4pm
Sterling Vineyards, 1111 W. Dunaweal Ln. (Calistoga), sterlingvineyards.com
Held on the official National Rosé Day, the third annual Napa Valley RoséFest is the biggest pink party in the Bay. Hosted on the terrace of the whitewashed Sterling Vineyards—you know, that hilltop winery with the gondola—this epic event brings together more than 30 rosé producers, several local chefs, and sweeping views all for one great cause: raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and patient support. Sterling will also have live music, food trucks, and an exclusive VIP area on their expansive lawn. // Tickets ($75-$225) include a souvenir glass and can be purchased online at sterlingvineyards.com.
The Girl & All The Rosé
June 8, 1pm to 4pm
Suite D, 21800 Schellville Rd (Sonoma), therhoneroom.com
Sonoma staple The Girl & The Fig is hosting a competing and more intimate Rosé Day party at their urban event space, Suite D. They'll be pouring their unique Old Vine Rosé alongside newly released pinks from local wineries like Three Sticks Wines, Cline Cellars, and Preston Farm & Winery. The Girl & The Fig is also supplying the nibbles, like wood-fired pizza, so you know it'll be good. // Tickets ($30) are available online at therhoneroom.com.
June 12, 6pm to 8pm
Cadet Wine & Beer Bar, 930 Franklin St. (Napa), cadebeerandwinebar.comIn a unique twist on the standard pink party, downtown Napa's female-led wine bar will toast to their favorite rosé bottles and the men who make them at their Annual Brosé Tasting. Note that this will require a mid-week trip to Napa, and considering how wild Cadet parties typically get, you'd be wise to book an overnight at the Archer or Andaz hotels, both within stumbling distance. // No advanced purchase necessary for rosé wine flight ($28).