Quick! What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a very pretty glass of pink-colored rosé wine? Call me a mind reader, but I’m guessing that images of fashionable French resorts like St. Tropez, St. Barts, or California’s Laguna Beach spring to mind - and of course, rap stars like P. Diddy and Fifty Cent would have it on their gleaming white yachts. If you were dining uptown (or downtown) at one of the fashionable outdoor cafes in Manhattan, you would have a bottle of rosé in a cooler to grace the table.
Now here’s the good news: real men drink rosé - or so it appears. Curiously, “real men” needed to be assured it was okay for them to eat quiche a generation ago - at least, that was the message in Bruce Feirstein’s book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche in the early eighties, a satire questioning stereotypes about masculinity.
Now P.Diddy…okay, I’m sure everyone can imagine him cracking open a bottle of the popular pink French Domaine Ott on one of his yachts as he slices through the crystal green waters of Sardinia, Italy. Some of us might have a bit more trouble seeing rapper Fifty Cent, with his incredible muscles and tattoos, sipping a rosé wine, but since Fifty Cent is increasingly all about fashion and style, sure, I can see it. Kinda. Sorta.
Clearly, though, some people (read: men) might need more affirmation that sipping rosé is fashionable, cool, and does not imply anything more about their sexuality other than that they have good taste - and it’s true. Not only is rosé the cool drink of choice, it pairs well with many appetizers and you can’t beat it for looks at a pool party. So what’s a thirsty man to do?