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Talking Rosé and Restaurants with TV’s Lisa Vanderpump

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The restaurateur and star of TV’s Vanderpump Rules dishes on her signature rosé.

You’ve been in the hospitality industry for years. What are your thoughts on rosé’s stardom?

Our family has been drinking dry rosé well before it was “trendy” in America. Living in the South of France 15 years ago, beautiful Provence-style rosé had been free-flowing and featured in every meal…

When we created our Vanderpump Rosé, we wanted to make sure ours was a classic Côtes de Provence wine, with all the history and flavors that the South of France has to offer.

Can you share your thoughts on the phenomenon of trends driving which wines people drink?

I think there are pros and cons. We are lucky enough to live in a world with the internet, which gives people access to much more knowledge about wine. And it gives smaller brands a much wider audience, so I think people are trying and tasting a lot more wines, which is great.

However, it can mean that a lot of people are drinking wines based on their Instagram pages, other than their history and flavor profile.

Do you have any upcoming releases?

As much as we love our French rosé, we’ve lived in California for the last 14 years and have always loved the wine here, and we knew we wanted to work on some projects closer to home.

So we are beyond excited to be launching a delicious Sonoma County Cabernet, along with a beautiful estate-grown Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, coming this spring. There aren’t too many Cabernets and Chardonnays that are elegant and delicious but still affordable, so we wanted to create something luxurious but still an everyday possibility.

What are you most excited about, right now, in the wine world?

The food and beverage industries always seem to be very cyclical… Post-recession, we saw a lot of communal tables, small plates, tapas, more obscure wines.

But lately, we’ve noticed a big shift back to Old World classics—white tablecloths, old-fashioned cocktails, an emphasis on mixology and quite classic grapes like Chardonnay and Cabernet making a resurgence.