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Recap: Masquerade Rosé Dinner

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Rosé is a lifestyle. Or, at least it is according to the legions of fans of Whispering Angel, a popular rosé from French vineyard Château D’Esclans.

We Bitches spend our summers on patios and at pool parties drinking rosé, and we simply cannot have enough Whispering Angel on hand to get us through the season. Over the summer, we celebrated with Whispering Angel with Rosé on the Roof at the Graham Hotel.

But how does rosé fare come fall? Paul Chevalier, the dashing man of mystery behind the rosé brand, is on a personal mission to convince Americans that rosé is appropriate regardless of the season.

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As I’m not one to argue with a man on a mission, my answer was “yes” when Paul suggested a fall fête for Whispering Angel. Rather than celebrate Halloween with throngs of drunkards, we chose instead to host a masquerade dinner.

Last month, we gathered 30 of our closest friends at Béarnaise for a masked banquet. Dressed in fall formal blacks, golds, and furs, our guests donned masks as they were seated at a long, candlelit table in the restaurant’s private dining area.

We drank rosé, and then we drank some more rosé, with each course paired with a finer wine. First, Château D’Esclans’ Whispering Angel, followed by the Côtes de Provence rosé, then the Les Cans, and finally the Garrus. The lighter the shade of wine, the better the rosé.

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For the occasion, Béarnaise had prepared a prix fixe meal of salads or soups, steak frites, moules frites or chicken Paillard, and we concluded with Profiteroles.

As it turns out, rosé paired rather well with the cuisine, and was perfectly appropriate to drink during the fall. The lucky lot of us also sampled the “finest rosé in the world,” the Garrus.

You can learn more about Whispering angel online. And read our Béarnaise brunch review here.

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