By Angela Caraway-Carlton
Whether it’s poolside, cruising around on a yacht, or dining al fresco on a breezy patio, sipping a glass of shimmering rosé has become a lifestyle around Greater Fort Lauderdale. The refreshing, pink or salmon-hued wine is a tropical match made in paradise with our balmy weather, and it’s even better when it’s sparkling or frozen—yes way, frosé!
Pretty in Pink
If you’re all about rosé all day, how about two days of sipping by the sea with your toes in the sand? You can drink pink at Seaglass, A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience, a first-of-its-kind event hosted by Venice magazine on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, directly across from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and Sunday, February 9, 2020. This pretty-in-pink soiree is your chance to sample more than 30 varietals of the world’s finest rosé wines—think unlimited pours that will be perfectly paired with culinary options and other fun activations (meaning, your Instagram feed will be on fire). You can even elevate your experience with early access and a menu of amenities by purchasing a VIP Cabana. Best part? You’re doing good while sipping pink, as the event benefits AutoNation’s DRV PNK initiative which has raised more than $20 million for cancer research and treatment.
Raise a Glass
It doesn’t stop at this two-day event, the rosé renaissance has spread to restaurants and bars all over Greater Fort Lauderdale. Let’s start with luxurious backdrops like Mastro’s on the Intracoastal Waterway, where they boast a Luxury Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. during the week which includes fancy sips like a frosé cocktail, fresh oysters, and chilled shrimp. Another beautiful spot to drink rosé is at Dune at Auberge Residences, where you can soak up stunning ocean views as you leisurely down a bottle of Ruinart Rosé Champagne on their terrace, along with pursuing a wine list inspired by Auberge’s Napa roots. You’ll also discover a host of rosé wines and Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne for those special occasions—like vacationing in Fort Lauderdale—at luxury hotels such as the Conrad Fort Lauderdale, The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, or swanky The Dalmar.
Join the locals at the nautical-chic restaurant, Boatyard, where a drink menu of around five different rosé wines is popular with this fun crowd; or snag a seat on the outdoor patio of Etaru on Las Olas Boulevard to sip glasses of the popular Whispering Angel Rosé—even better when it’s on the Happy Hour menu from 5 to 9 p.m.—while enjoying sushi and other items from the robata grill. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, an open-air venue located along the New River, understands the concept of rosé all day, and on Saturdays from 12-4 p.m., indulge in $25 bottles of Cotes De Provence Rosé, while listening or dancing to live music and watching the boats cruise by on the river. And, for something completely unique, cozy up at the gorgeous bar of Ann’s Florist—yes, it’s a florist/café/bar—or on the patio with a glass to people-watch on Las Olas; or move down to the intimate patio of cozy Vinos Wine Bar. Skip the margaritas at Mexican joint Bar Rita and go for the pink; at this popular rooftop bar, you can sip $7 glasses of Fleurs de Prairie Rose, Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m.; and if you don’t drink beer, sister restaurant Tap 42 also appeases with $7 glasses during their happy hour and late-night from 10 p.m. to close.
Rosé is so popular that our Fort Lauderdale residents are joining the trend, and making their own. Maison Belle Claire is a locally owned brand of rosé that’s made in Provence, and you can try it at restaurants such as Andy's Live Fire Grill, Blue Martini, Tacocraft, Apothecary, and many more. Another Fort Lauderdale local owns Channé Rosé, also made in France, which can be sipped at hot-spots like Lobster Bar on Las Olas; Beach House Pompano, which overlooks the ocean; and Café Maxx, a chef-driven, fine dining restaurant in Pompano.
From Seaglass, A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience to almost any place you dine in Greater Fort Lauderdale, you’ll be looking through rosé-colored glasses. Cheers, and be sure to sip responsibly!