This past Saturday, my other half and I went on a “Rosé on the Water” cruise around Boston Harbor—something I came across only one or two days before and booked on a whim. Unlimited rosé for 3 hours, being dressed in pink and surrounded by others dressed in pink; why not give it a whirl?
It’s true: I’ve never seen so much pink clothing all at once in my life. I wish I had a photo to do it justice.
The Spirit of Boston was set up with Instagrammable backdrops, a DJ, pink plastic sunglasses for grabs, stickers, temporary tattoos…
The rosé flowed in quantity, but the selection left something to be desired, although the sparkling prosecco rosé was pretty refreshing.
In any case, I came prepared for a perfume pairing. The choices were narrow—it was too hot (low 80s Fahrenheit/high 20s Celsius) for L’Orchestre Parfum Rose Trombone with its heady rose, vanilla, and rum notes, so I brought Givenchy Rêve d’Escapade, which I’ve mentioned before: a lighter, flirty, peachy rose perfect for warm and breezy days. It did its best to stand up to the ubiquity of a salty (Ambroxan?), dense, plasticky, suntan lotion–like sillage that I haven’t yet identified (but it’s on the street! it’s in the restaurants! it’s on the cruise ship!)
I smell it here, I smell it there;—My parody of the famous verse from The Scarlet Pimpernel
That note—I smell it everywhere!
Is it designer? Is it viral?
That damned aromachemical!
So now I am curious to know: What perfume would you pair with a rosé? Any good rosé recommendations? It took me a while to find one I liked, but my current go-to is the cheap-and-cheerful Broadbent Vinho Verde rosé from Portugal. For a non-alcoholic and caffeine-free beverage indulgence, TAZO Passion tea with hibiscus, orange peel, rose hip, and passion fruit flavor is also a nice treat.