Five pink wines we really, really hope will end up in Elway's Cherry Creek rosé flight
We were browsing e-mail on our iPhone (in a very public place) when we got the news, so we knew we needed to check ourselves -- but for a moment, things were a bit dicey. That giddy reaction we had such a hard time containing? Our positively visceral response to hearing about the Pink Patio Party at Elway's Cherry Creek, which promised the chance to sample the best rosé wines of the season. And not just sample them, but rate and rank said rosés, offering input that sommeliers Aaron Foster and Todd Rocchio would consider when picking an all-pink wine flight for Elway's this summer.
After all, when was the last time you were asked to weigh in on a restaurant's wine list? Yeah, we thought so: Never. So our excitement level was hovering somewhere between giddy and twitterpated when we landed on the back patio of Elway's shortly after 6 p.m. last Tuesday, fanning ourselves in a vain attempt to stave off the sticky, lingering heat of the 90 degree day.
We found ourselves giggling again -- out loud this time -- at the sight of Foster fully pimped out in a shockingly bright, fuschia-and-black striped, um...zoot suit. "Note to self," we murmured to our companion. "Next year, we rock all-pink attire." Lots of other guests clearly had gotten the sartorial memo and were attired in all manner (and shades) of rose-colored clothing, including one particularly dedicated woman who was wearing pink polka-dotted pumps that matched her dress. She was not fooling around.
And neither were we -- there was a ton of pink wine to taste, and we intended to sample every single bottle in order to come up with our five favorites. After shotgunning a refreshing shot of gazpacho topped with a nugget of perfectly chilled crab for sustenance, we got busy. Our plan of attack was simple: Power through all 31 wines in chronological order, arranged as they were at four separate tables around the space. We figured we'd try and select one winning wine from each grouping; top honors would be reserved for the most lip-smackingly delicious bottle of the night, and that would represent our fifth (and favorite) pick of the entire lot. Ready, set, drink [pink]:
Pink wines awaiting judgment.