Some friends of ours just came back from a cruise and they brought us a bottle of Rosé wine, and they were very excited about it when they physically handed it to my Bride. They were sure that I would research it, and I had to, because the label is not a label that I would have designed if I were creating a wine label. The couple told my Bride that it was made by Bon Jovi. I have never been to Long Island, let alone the Hamptons, and my musical knowledge knew the name Bon Jovi, but not much more and of course I knew a little bit about Rosé wines.
To me the Hamptons are the playgrounds for the “Rich and Famous” on Long Island and I think the land was immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby” and I did read the book in Junior High and I saw the movie version with Robert Redford and I know that there was a later version, but I passed on seeing it. It was said that since the major rediscovery of Rosé wines that it has become the “water” in the Hamptons, and probably drank more than bottled water. I have to admit that I do not know the musical works of Bon Jovi, so I had to do some research about him as well. It turns out that Bon Jovi is actually John Francis Bongiovi Jr. from Perth Amboy, New Jersey and then I got really excited to find out that he is a distant relative to another singer from New Jersey that I am fond of, by the name of Francis Albert Sinatra.
Now getting to the wine, it is Diving into Hampton Water Languedoc AOP 2017. This is actually a business venture for the son Jesse Bongiovi the former Notre Dame football player and the French winemaker Gerard Bertrand of the Languedoc. This Rosé is made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah. The wine is described as being fresh and lively with distinctive minerality and a long finish, intensified by ageing in French Oak. They promise an intense aroma of red fruit, citrus and spices. It will be an interesting wine to try this summer, and rather than a publicity photo of Bon Jovi and the bottle of wine, I found an old photo from the time of The Great Gatsby film (1974), so don’t laugh too hard and remember that fashions were different back then, but this was a fun wine to study as I learn more about pop culture.