Dîner en Blanc happened this week in NYC, and is totally something you should know about if you like wine, the color white, and having a blast.
It’s a massive invite-only dinner party, but for over 4,000 people. An hour before the dinner begins, the organizers send everyone invited an email with the address – literally, no one knows where they’re going until that minute. Then, everyone hauls their tables, chairs, and food to the location. Luckily, I was invited by Wines of Bordeaux who graciously hauled all of our dinner needs to the location on their own and it was ready and waiting when I arrived.
You’re not allowed on the grounds unless you’re all in white. I received some very serious emails leading up to the event detailing what was forbidden (anything non-white, shorts, t-shirts). I wound up being able to craft an all-white ensemble, including shoes which was tough as I definitely haven’t owned white heels since the 80s!
Then you set up dinner! We had a killer spread and, OBVIOUSLY, buckets of Bordeaux.
Once they sound a signal, everyone starts whipping their white napkins in the air and finally you’re allowed to start eating. We had of course already started drinking.
We had all kinds of Bordeaux – rosé, white, and red – and Bordeaux Wines ambassador Patrick Cappiello walked us through each of them. Being Dîner en Blanc,it was fitting that the two whites were my favorites. In Bordeaux, white wines are mainly made from Sauvignon Blanc (gives wines crispness) and Semillon (which gives roundness). They’re also both affordable, at around $20 each give or take a few bucks.
Violin players and opera singers provide musical entertainment as the sun sets. It’s incredibly gorgeous!
Once it’s dark, a few things start happening:
headdresses light up
people become wine nymphs
lots of dancing
Fun night, great crew! Til next year!