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2012 Thanksgiving Day Wine Picks!

6 Nov

Here it is! Our Annual Thanksgiving/Shopping Spree wines {previous post} that are ‘musts’ this year (plus a few extras)!  As you will notice sparklings and reds fill the list but that won’t stop us from finding the perfect whites for your Thanksgiving Day table!

So take a peek while you wait for the outcome of the Presidential Election… It might make time go by faster!

Apéritif/Sparkling

  • J Vineyards ‘Cuvée 20’: Spotted, the last 25th Anniversary bottle of J Cuvée sold to and sipped by 4 wonderfully shopped out ladies at Glenmere Mansion. After our trip to Woodbury it was so refreshing to see J Vineyards on the menu in the tavern at Glenmere.  Anything J is truly a must serve as an aperitif while enjoying your homemade hors d’oeuvres before the turkey carving.  This Cuvée has a rustic mouth feel all around with its toasty almond like hints then ventures over to the honeysuckle and grapefruit flavors which give it life and zest!  Buy online now to enjoy in time for Thanksgiving! {here} 

 

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Sipped and tried a few months ago {here}.  Had to pick a full bottle up to taste while the ‘hostess with the mostest’ prepared!  Not to mention it was her birthday celebration and this of course did the trick for that as well! Surprise!

Red Wine

  • Bonterra 2010 Merlot, Mendocino County : This spectacular Merlot is crafted from certified organically grown grapes and it is one of the better Merlot’s I have tried.  I received this wine for a twitter tasting with Thirsty Girl and Bonterra Organic Vineyards and we were all blown away by the wine’s dark berry flavors of cherry and plum and it’s smoothness in it’s finish filled with lovely tannins.  We are calling it a “Merlot for non-merlot lovers” and we are sticking to it! I highly recommend this wine with your main dish this Thanksgiving as it’s pleasant balance will put a smile on everyone’s faces! {still interested}?
  • Swanson Vineyards, 101 Points Red Wine; Add a little fun to the Thanksgiving day table with this predominately Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  A very rich and sweet wine with hints of exotic spice, raspberry and black cherry makes this a great match with your juicier dark meat of the turkey. Not to mention, this wine adds a delicate yet elegant red color to your Tgiving table; $25 per bottle online.
  • Mark West Pinot Noir: Makes the list again as it is a staple on the Thanksgiving day table! Everyone loves it! {more Mark West and last year’s wine picks}

I will be trying more holiday wines and reporting back from the Food Network Magazine’s Holiday Tasting in NYC next week so stay tuned on more fun holiday wines! Hopefully I’ll have luck finding some more white wines for all of you white lovers!

Stay tuned and happy prepping!

A Bubbly Labor Day!

3 Sep

Happy Labor Day all! Salute! 🎉

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Calling All Bubble Lovers! (Quality and Won’t Break the Bank)!

21 Aug

Oh, the joy of bubbles brightens everyone’s day, especially a delicious Cava from Spain! 

I received samples of the Freixenet (“fresh-eh-net”) Cordon Negro Brut a.k.a. “the black bottle bubbly” from their PR agency a few weeks ago and my oh my, I was not surprised to taste the most elegant (inside and out) sparkling wine that I have tried thus far in my wine journey; it’s the world’s #1 imported sparkling wine, to say the least (screw top included!).

When I was getting ready to pour a glass, I had to find the chicest glass I had available to keep up with the quality of this Cava. This champagne coup did the trick!

Sipping this sparkling Cava could be considered an art in itself as the pungent bubbles, crisp style, and sleek black bottle are a masterpiece. Very much a show-stopper at any party.  Did I mention a great pairing and aperitif  with raw almonds?

A nice blend of Cavaare Macabeo (35%), Xarel-lo (25%) and Parellada (40%) was crisp with tastes of pear, apple, and citrus yet a tinge of smoky flavor came out of the bottle for me.  A dry sparkling (not too overbearing) and fluttery in the mouth could be considered a good middle-man between a prosecco and a champagne.

And of course, it’s all about the bubbles, you can actually feel the bubbles run down your esophagus and brighten up your whole body.  The best part is, the bubbles never die.  I was sipping on this and taking in all of its flavors for over 20 minutes and it still had just as many bubbles when poured (maybe a hint less, but still!).  One word – QUALITY. Case and point, it feels good all around drinking this Cava and I’m hoping it’s at your ‘End of Summer Soiree’ or at an event outside in your cocktail dress or suit (skinny tie included).

Can be found in the majority of wines stores and numerous restaurants around NYC!  Retails for around $10.95.

Also, want some fun cocktails using this delicious Cava?  {here}

Salud!

Perfect Summer Wines for the Shorely Bon Vivant!

23 Jul

Finally, I have a free minute for WINEPUG!  Oh how I’ve missed you all!  With the day job, celebrating my favorite holiday (the 4th of July) and many engagements/wedding festivities of my dearest friends and family, I’ve yet to find time to blog about my wine adventures! Nonetheless, while I have been sipping and toasting to happiness and celebration, I subconsciously watched my PERFECT Summer Wine list transform before me! I’m calling it “Perfect Summer Wines for the Shorely Bon Vivant!”  I’ve tried these out in many situations (along the water) and all grab guest’s attention through their delicious taste and impeccable design.  Have a peek!

Andre Balazs ‘Sunset Beach’ Reserve
Exquisite pink rose that embodies New York City and Sunset Beach!  Found only at Andre Balazs’ properties {here} and one of my favorite wine stores in NYC, Sherry-Lehman {here}, Sunset Beach Reserve SCREAMS Summer and has turned non-rose lovers into fanatics (I’ve seen it happen).  Enjoy this on the beach with a Lobster dinner (we did in Martha’s Vineyard) or anywhere by the water.  A very light rose filled with light strawberry and a tiny bit of dryness, just superb!

Limited Edition Chandon
Imagine Fourth of July Party on the boat or engagement toasting with this bottle – All of this did actually happen over the past few weeks! – This is my champs of the summer!  A simple crisp champagne with hints of pear and full of great bubbles.  Who wouldn’t want to be seen with this bottle outside on the water!

2009 ‘Surf Zin’ from Armida Winery
I tried this wine at the tasting room in Capitola, a supple fruit bomb great for summer. It’s perfect for an outdoor BBQ in the Hamptons or anywhere by the water.  It even has a little surfer dude on it to keep reminding you that it’s summer and its surf time!

Pink Flamingo NV Gris de Gris “Pink Wine”, Vin de Pays des Sables 2011
I actually found this bottle at my local wine store right around the corner from my apartment!  It was one of the rose’s that was featured and its description was too good to pass up.  Plus the peach color from the onset reeled me in! Another extremely light rose with loads of minerality and cherry/raspberry flavors serves as a light treat with any summer fare.

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs from Francis Ford Coppola Winery
I’ve ran around Manhattan with them before {here}, now try taking them to the beach with you or even on the train or bus ride if you are too eager to wait!  A blend of 82% Pinot Blanc, 10% Riesling, 8% Muscat makes this a very vibrant white wine with zest and honeycomb and pear flavors.  Delish for a BBQ or for your summer party!  PS – each can comes with a straw – even better!

#WW – A Bottle of Elegance Turned Vase with @seguraviudasusa

20 Jun

I feel like I keep repeating myself, but I will absolutely say it again, I always love a good story relating to a wine that we pull out of our wine fridge.  I not only consider our fridge a storage for wine, but also a true library of our life read through the bottles we have collected and/or have been gifted.  It’s such a beautiful thing going through our ‘library’ deciding which wine to drink and clinking glasses to it’s memory.  I find I am so attached to some of the bottles that even after we drink them, it’s hard for me to let them go (yes we have a small wall full of our favorite empty bottles).  So for this week’s Winepug Wednesday, I am proud to say that I have found a great use to this special bottle that we popped open two Sunday’s ago sipping to the sunset on the rooftop.

We received this exquisite bottle of Spanish Cava – Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad {here} for our engagement celebration from our dear dear friends.  Just like the outside, the inside is filled with an elegantly textured sparkling wine with smokey hints and ripe fruit.  A very dry yet full bodied and tough wine showing true quality. Definitely can make a statement when paired with a salmon, lobster dish or a seafood pasta.  

Now, this is a bottle I’m sure we would all agree would be extremely hard to throw away not only because of it’s crest and outer detail but because it was a thoughtful gift and represents such an important time in our lives!  All this bottle needed was a little hot water and soap and voilà! a beautiful ‘vintage’ looking spanish vase for the bedroom that can hold any sort of simple white flower signifying perfection! This bottle will follow me forever – Thank you JL&DM!

Do you have any special bottles that you love and will keep around for a while?  Do tell!

Chandon Stripes for Summer!

18 Jun

It excites and intrigues me whenever I see creative parallels of Fashion and the Wine World.  Thus, as you can imagine, I JUMPED off of my elliptical machine this past weekend when I was reading through this month’s INSTYLE {here} seeing the amazing vision of STRIPES looking perfectly ‘summer’ both in hand and on!  Alice + Olivia {here} and Chandon {here} have created the perfect outfit and accessory for the bon vivant for summer 2012!  These limited edition bottles are so ADORABLE, I may even pick up a case at Sherry-Lehmann {here} this week to kick summer entertaining off in style.   How great these would be accompanying your Fourth of July Fireworks! 

 Cheers to a great week!

#CincoDeMayo

5 May

Cinco de Mayo in a non-traditional way…. Happy CdM everyone!  Enjoy and make it count!


Lobster Rolls and Champagne

27 Apr

As Lord Byron {here} once said… “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne..”  I did just that a few Sunday’s ago however, a little less elegantly as I am sure Lord Byron had imagined.  I felt as though I stepped outside of NYC and into my most comfy-est of comfort zones, a New England vibe at – Luke’s Lobster {here} – the infamous lobster ‘shack’ in the East Village (93 E. 7th st.).  We grabbed a few lobster rolls to go and sipped and ate our rolls in bliss.

 It was truly a day of firsts!  First time to Luke’s and first time trying Hosmer Sparkling Wine {here} from upstate NY in the Finger Lakes. So how was pairing these two firsts together? Lord Byron was right on point, as to my surprise this pairing actually tasted so exquisite and lovely that I was craving another lobster roll and more Hosmer!   

 The vibrant bubbles, honey, pear and apple notes went so well with the lobster meat, livened up the seasoning on the lobster roll a bit and the brut (dry) champagne/sparkling was delicate enough not overpower Luke’s delicious Lobster Roll.   A true New England dish that I will be replicating this summer in… New England!

 What other Sparkling wines would you pair with a Lobster Roll?

‘Tasting’ in Tribeca

24 Apr

Tribeca, an iconic, historic and truly authentic part of New York City that houses countless ‘impossible to get into’ restaurants yet also offers those hidden gems that are a bit more accessible, was the perfect atmosphere to kick off the week that takes over this magnificent area – The Tribeca Film Festival.  A dear friend and I celebrated the start of the festival like all great wine lovers do – with the Spring Walk Around Tasting at the renowned and celebrated Tribeca Grill.  With an impeccable wine list “one of only seven in New York that has been selected by Wine Spectator to receive a Grand Award” and a wonderful atmosphere, we had a fabulous time catching up and sipping coveted wines from the likes of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stags Leap, Nicolas Feuillatte and more! Did you know that Tribeca Grill has a ‘raw space’ for fun events like these?  I didn’t, but now I do and am definitely going to keep my eye out for other great events that they offer. Some favorites to kick us off into Spring are below! 

Cheers and enjoy the rest of the Festival!

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2008 – Not a Merlot fan, but this might have transformed me.  How does a fruitful taste with a hint of caramel to smooth out the edges sound? Pretty darn good!

Antica Chardonnay 2009 – Such an impressive Chardonnay with delicate fruit, great ‘minerality’ and a smooth yet vibrant finish!

   

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose – It was rated 92 pts by Wine Spectator for a reason!  The lightweight Brut Rose was elegantly fruity and dry with notes of orange and hints of raspberry. A fabulous Rose to share at your fabulous dinner party or any special celebration.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Heaven Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Honeysuckle flavors and sweetness, such a wonderful transitional wine for Spring to Summer.

  


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