If there’s one drink that screams summer to me, it would have to be rosé. On a warm night, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold glass of pink wine. So, when The Ryland Inn announced its “Rosé All Day” event, I was all in! It wasn’t hard to get a girlfriend on board and together we headed out for our version of the perfect ladies’ night.
Traveling out on I-78, the mood was set long before arriving at the restaurant. The evening was clear and it was finally feeling like summer. As we drove west, the landscape enveloped us — the road to the restaurant was lined with a canopy of trees and a picturesque bridge brought us over a pretty little creek.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Whitehouse Station, The Ryland Inn is a 220-year-old equestrian estate that has been transformed into a beautiful dining destination. With an expertly designed dining room and a casual/cool outdoor area, you can’t go wrong for dinner. The weather was magnificent, so we settled in at a quiet outdoor table.
Before long, we had the pleasure of meeting one of the Sharko brothers, a principal at Alba Vineyard, whose Chelsea Dry Rosé was a total hit. Served ice cold, it was light and crisp. Hors d’oeuvres were passed around all night and each one was perfectly executed. Beef Wellington, quiche, goat cheese and beet salad — every bite was just right. My personal favorite was the shrimp with avocado mousse!
As the sun began to set, the fireflies came out and the glistening lights created a magical ambiance. An acoustic guitar player performed classic hits — a lovely soundtrack for an even more lovely evening.