Rendezvous with the #ChandonSquad on the High Line

Entrance into the Chandon American Summer Fete,NYC
Entrance into the Chandon American Summer Fete, NYC

This past Saturday, I was able to attend the chicest of sparkling wine parties in New York with the “in “crowd. I love new experiences and even though I am not a drinker, I can enjoy the atmosphere of a good party. The party was thrown by Chandon USA and the theme was the American Summer Fete to celebrate a coming together of Nappa Valley and France meeting New York for some limited edition rosé and the hashtag was #ChandonSquad . I’m not quite sure why but rosé has become very fashionable to drink. Maybe it’s because it is one of the colors of the year (shrug)? Doesn’t matter because all the cool kids were in attendance and this time that included me, my niece and my blog’s mascot Karina, who made up my #ChandonSquad .

The dress code was picnic chic with a touch of red white and blue. And the Chandon was flowing in our beautiful picnic cups with popsicles from People’s Pops. The pops were delicious and the event

was catered by Sonrisa’s empanadas and The Taco Truck, which were both really good choices for handheld foods that went well with the wine and picnic vibe. The DJ had heavy bass playing and a couple of hours in everyone was sufficiently loose. Fresh flower crowns à la Snapchat were handmade for everyone who was willing to wait. There were also hand-painted macaron towers, the cutest thing ever! So fancy!

Handpainted Macaron Towers
Hand-painted Macaron Towers
Super Sized Jenga at Chandon Summer Fete , NYC #ChandonSquad
Super Sized Jenga at Chandon Summer Fete , NYC #ChandonSquad

Just like any other picnic there were fun and games as well as food and drink. Super-sized Jenga was really popular and so was old school Connect Four, one of my favorites.

Connect four at Chandon American Summer Fete, NYC #ChandonSquad
Connect Four at Chandon American Summer Fete, NYC #ChandonSquad











Everyone was laid back and it did start to feel like we were no longer in New York City but closer to the Hamptons then we were at the beginning of the party.

After most people got their fill of wine and the sun started to set a band named, Give Me Powers played a short set. And the night came to a quick close after that because the Mid-Summer’s Night dream spell was broken when the harsh LED lights came on and the sun had completely set.

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Have you ever been to an event like this one in your town? Are you a fan of sparkling wine or champagne? I want to hear all about it in the comments below.

Until our next rendezvous …





  20 comments for “Rendezvous with the #ChandonSquad on the High Line

  1. June 29, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Hi Trudy! Your wine rendez-vous looks “tellement chic”! You are lucky to have much sophistication and so close to home. To be honest, I’ve learned to appreciate rosé wine (even if French people don’t consider it as noble as red wine) 😉

    • June 29, 2016 at 10:18 AM

      Merci beaucoup Soso! It was “tellement très chic”, there were lots of fashion bloggers there and such. I think that’s why they were invited to get the trend started especially since it isn’t proper champagne. But the food pairing made sense.

      • June 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

        All this Chandon affair makes me think of most of the wines we find in Kenya, South-African import and mostly sparkling and sweet. Kenyans love them! But French would despise them as not being “proper wine” LOL!

        • June 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

          Well sparkling is cheaper and easier to get. Probably from California and New York, we have many vineyards here.

  2. June 29, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    I have no idea why Rose is suddenly the ‘thing’. But I have no problem joining in! haha Looks like an amazing party, thanks for sharing.

    • June 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM

      Welcome back Katie! Thank you for visiting me. I’m trying to get to another similar event even though I’m not a drinker, it was still fun.

  3. June 29, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I’ve never quite gotten accustomed to Rose wine, but Rose sparkling wine is fabulous this time of year. There are also some chilled red wines that can be very nice too. Interesting event. I saw your photos the other day on Instagram. Looked like it was packed!

    • June 29, 2016 at 10:51 AM

      It was a sparkling rosé, and it a was packed RSVP only party with a wait list. I guess they knew Chandon USA could party. I can’t speak on wines at all but everyone was definitely enjoying themselves. I wish I had gotten more pictures but it was hard to get clear shots with so many people.

      • June 29, 2016 at 10:53 AM

        Hey I love the Highline but its hard to get any good shots without people in them these days! I definitely felt like one of the in crowd with your photos and description of the event 🙂

        • June 29, 2016 at 11:02 AM

          Yes thanks for relating to the photography struggle there, lol. I’m glad some of the them came out with that message of a crowded event.

          • June 29, 2016 at 11:04 AM

            They definitely did. I love the Highline, but I prefer it on a rare weekday off. It feels like the dash for the subway exits at other times. Maybe that’s just me though!

            • June 29, 2016 at 11:15 AM

              It’s not just you. Further up towards 34th isn’t as bad, I think it’s the neighborhood presence and tourists.

              • June 29, 2016 at 11:19 AM

                Thats true about up by 34th. Plus its more open up there which I guess helps with the flow.

                • June 29, 2016 at 11:21 AM

                  Yes and it flows into Hudson Yards so lots of space.

  4. June 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Fun! I like both, sparkling wine and champagne, but am not too fond of rose wine. I haven’t been to an event like this in a long time. Maybe I’ll do some wine tasting when I visit the “other” (Sonoma) Wine County later this summer! Great post and photos, Trudy! 🙂

    • June 30, 2016 at 6:34 PM

      What about Rosé sparkling? That’s what the had in those pretty bottles. I love learning about wines through events like these. Thank you I’m still not as good as you with my camera skills yet.

      • June 30, 2016 at 6:40 PM

        Haven’t tried sparkling rose, so I will have to check it out! Give yourself credit for the wonderful photos you take and post along with your NYC adventures! ?

        • June 30, 2016 at 6:54 PM

          Thank you for your very kind words.,Sabine!

  5. October 13, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Trudy, I’m in picture #190547, is it possible to send it to me? I was on my first day with my boyfriend! 🙂 thanks!

    • October 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      Wow, that’s random! I tried to make sure that I wasn’t taking head on pictures. How did you find it?

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