Pink wine, respected once again, will be the focus of Sacramento tasting and dinner

The pink wine tasting Matthew Lewis hosted in 2014 was a hit.
The pink wine tasting Matthew Lewis hosted in 2014 was a hit. Photo supplied by Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis is back in action doing what he does best – getting people excited about wine.

The popular sommelier and owner of WineCentric, the business devoted to “bringing people to wine and wine people together,” Lewis will be hosting a rosé tasting and dinner at Cask & Barrel, 1341 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, on May 14 at 6 p.m. Tickets are value-priced at $50, which includes ample tastings of wine along with a family-style dinner. Also included will be Lewis’ always-terrific thoughts and observations about this once-maligned style of wine.

Pink is making a major return to respectability. Lewis hosted his first pink wine tasting in 2014, and it was a big hit. He has also been an enthusiast for Riesling and launched the “Summer of Riesling” campaign locally several years ago.

“I tend to support the underdog in the world of wine,” Lewis said, when asked about the upcoming event. “I think pink wine fits into that category. It’s a misunderstood creature. In Europe, pink wine is considered the celebration of spring, the first wine to come to market.”

In 2014, Lewis encouraged guests to come wearing something pink, and he awarded prizes to the “prettiest in pink” and “most dapper in pink” winners. Lewis wants to do the same this time.

“I’ll be in my pink seersucker coat – any excuse to wear that,” he said, laughing.

Lewis will lead guests through a tasting of eight rosés, then everyone will sit down for the family-style dinner, where more wine will be served. Cask & Barrel, led by the highly regarded chef Gabriel Glasier, is known for its modernist approach to barbecue.

If you’re eager to learn more about pink wine and why you might want to take it more seriously, this is the event for you.

For reservations, call 916-922-6792, or email

Blair Anthony Robertson: 916-321-1099, @Blarob