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City Winery Launches Pilsen Pink Rosé

By Erin Drain in Food on Mar 25, 2013 6:00PM

2013_3_25_pilsen_pink_2.jpg Drink with your eyes closed, and maybe you won't notice the weather out there.

It's a bit incongruous to be looking forward to rosé weather when there's still some snow on the ground, but we've got our fingers crossed that by the time April — or the City Winery designated "month of rosé — rolls around, the weather will be a little more amenable to the consumption of a wine often associated with lazing around the coast in Provence, snacking on tapenade under the Mediterranean sun.

It's not coincidental that this month-long celebration comes just after their winemaker, Robert Kowal, bottled up the very first wine the Chicago branch created completely in-house. Dubbed "Pilsen Pink," it's a watermelon-hued rosé of Pinot Noir, with the grapes sourced from Oregon's Willamette Valley. Proceeds benefit Bright Pink, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

If you get totally hooked on drinking rosé, several other Chicago resturants feature pink-tinged selections all summer: Nightwood is known for its Fete de Rosé, which starts around Memorial Day, and Ada Street gets in on the pink game as well.

City Winery will host a release party for their rosé on April 5.

City Winery Chicago is located at 1200 West Randolph St. Nightwood is located at 2157 S Halsted St. Ada Street is located at 1664 N Ada St.