Newfound interest in rosé reflects a backlash against the cooler-than-thou obscurity of undiscovered niche labels.
As summer nears, once again we’re on the cusp of “rosé season.” While late spring often sees attempts to elevate the red-headed stepchild of the wine world into a product worthy of connoisseurship, this year something different is afoot: a knowing celebration of rosé’s bland charm.
For perhaps the first time, a wine label is emerging from the self-aware world of Instagram—and, no surprise, it’s a rosé. Social media star @thefatjewish, with 4.2m Instagram followers and counting, has made a career out of fondly mocking “basic” behavior (example: “exercising for just 10 minutes a day raises your risk of posting inspirational quotes by 60%”). His wine, White Girl, is a rosé with the Hamptons-ready tagline “this is so us.”
It’s not just a social media phenomenon. After sell-out events in New York and Miami, the all-rosé wine festival La Nuit en Rosé is expanding to Los Angeles in June, and holding a second Manhattan edition.
The newfound interest in rosé also reflects a larger trend afoot in the wine world: a backlash against the cooler-than-thou obscurity of undiscovered niche labels. As online spirits magazine Punch wrote in October 2014, this could be considered wine’s “normcore” moment.
“The way one can ask for it in a restaurant or store (‘I’ll have the rosé’) conveys a blankness that can be utilized by both wine nerds and regular people alike—the perfect choice for blending in,” Punch wrote. 2015 may turn out to be the summer of blush.
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