For rosé lovers, this summer just got a little sweeter. Hampton Water—the Languedoc rosé collaboration between rock icon Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi and prominent French winemaker Gérard Bertrand—is partnering with luxury candy brand Sugarfina to create rosé-infused candies. Featuring Hampton Water’s signature diver surrounded by sunset-at-sea colors of peach and blue, the Sugarfina Candy Bento Box, launched in May, offers three signature sweets: But First Rosé Roses, Rosé All Day and Rosé Frosé.
“It’s been amazing getting the opportunity to work with [the Sugarfina] team. They are so creative and believed in our message and imagery that it’s been a joy,” the young Bongiovi told Wine Spectator. “Plus the response has been so cool from both of our communities as well as new people seeing our brand for the first time. I actually went into a store in L.A. and watched a young lady walk out with two boxes! It was pretty awesome.”
This isn’t Sugarfina’s first wine-and-candy collaboration. For summer 2016, the brand launched gummies made with Château d'Esclans Provence Whispering Angel rosé. The number of online orders reportedly crashed the website and the company's entire stock sold out within two hours. And their wine-to-gummy collabs are not just limited to pink juice: since 2015 Sugarfina has also offered gummy bears infused with Dom Pérignon Champagne in brut and rosé flavors.
Get Your Rosé Runnin’: Tuscan Kiss Rosé Honors Ford Mustang Legend Lee Iacocca
As the man who developed the Ford Mustang and revived Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s, automobile executive Lee Iacocca made a splash in the world of cars. And his daughter, philanthropist Lia Iacocca-Assad, is celebrating that legacy with a new rosé.
“Tuscan Kiss was founded as a tribute to my father in gratitude for all his life lessons and blessings,” Iacocca-Assad told Wine Spectator via email. Made by Montalcino winery Col D’Orcia, Tuscan Kiss Toscana Rosé 2020 ($20) is a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Vermentino, and 5 percent of profits have been earmarked for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which provides patient care and pursues better treatments for brain diseases. (Lee Iacocca died from Parkinson’s disease complications in 2019.)
Not only is Tuscan Kiss dedicated to the memory of Iacocca-Assad’s father, but it’s also a tribute to her family’s spirit and memories at their Tuscan estate Villa Nicola, where the Iacocca family has been making Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino since 1986. “The brand is a nod to our Italian heritage and our many cherished summers spent together in Tuscany,” Iacocca-Assad explained.
Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power’s Avaline Adds Bubbly Rosé
The Avaline team—retired actor Cameron Diaz and fashion entrepreneur Katherine Power—has added some more pop to its lineup. Last year the duo worked with Spanish winery Raventós i Blanc to add a sparkling wine to their cast of organically grown, vegan-friendly “better for you” wines, and now Raventós i Blanc has made Avaline’s first sparkling rosé. “We were thrilled to once again collaborate with our sparkling wine partner in Spain,” Diaz said via email. “There is synergy between what Avaline stands for and their winemaking, from caring for the land to commitment to quality.”
The 375ml sparkling rosé ($25) is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada and Monastrell. “We’ve had several requests for smaller bottles from our community,” said Power, “as they look to enjoy in moderation and take their wine wherever they go.”
Rock Band All Time Low’s Summer Daze Rosé Heads to Oregon
Last summer, platinum-selling band All Time Low added a California rosé to its Everything Is Wine lineup (a riff on the band’s hit single, “Everything Is Fine”). This year, the band turned to Oregon winery Real Nice Winemakers to produce the Summer Daze Willamette Valley Rosé 2020 ($18).
“We’re breathing new life into our Summer Daze Rosé by partnering with Anthony [Van Nice] at Real Nice Winemakers to elevate and expand what we originally set out to do when we ventured into the wine industry,” said All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth in a statement. “We’ve leveled up Summer Daze in every way, in terms of quality and delivering on a product that we are super proud of. Oregon is an exciting place to make wine and we were lucky enough to visit the winery and experience first-hand the level of care and quality that goes into these bottles.”
“We had so much fun sharing our little corner of the Willamette Valley with [the band],” said Van Nice. “We take a lot of pride in this scrappy wine region, our tight community of winegrowers and the transcendent cool-climate wines we produce here. We walked our old-vine, dry-farmed vineyard in the Dundee Hills and shared elements of running a sustainable farming operation. Later the guys huddled with our winemaking team to craft this unique and delicious blend for the Summer Daze rosé.“
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