Wine Tribute to The Boston Red Sox – Happy Opening Day!!

As I had mentioned in a previous post (Fine… I’ll Have A Beer) I talk about how to choose a certain beer based on the wines you like.  Well this article tells of wine that is best suited for Baseball or more specifically a Boston Red Sox Party… I being a Boston native am a big Boston sports fan, including the Red ‘Sawks’ (yes it is somewhat hard living in NYC) found this very entertaining article dedicated to Boston Red Sox Wine and Wineries in Massachusetts that all my Bostonians should all try!  Go to http://www.intowine.com/baseball-and-wine-boston-red-sox to read up on the wineries!

In light of Opening Day, I wanted to highlight the Boston Red Sox Player’s who have participated in this “player’s” wine that is tied to good causes.  It’s called Longball Cellars and they create wine for several Major League Baseball players where proceeds go to that player’s charity of choice.  To date, teams that have a “Player” wine include: Atlanta, Boston, New York, Mets, Chicago, Cinci, Philly, and the 500 Home Run Club.  They also have wines of a few hockey players, wrestlers, and others in different genres.  It is a cool site even just to get a laugh seeing your favorite player on a bottle of wine or to actually purchase a bottle and enjoy a nice glass while knowing you have also contributed to doing something philanthropic… Bottles go for about $15 or less.

All in all, a great selection for entertaining wine and good conversation starter over your Red Socks World Series Party…. (Go SOX)!

Happy Opening Day Everyone!!!

Boston Players & Charities:

Josh Beckett Presents… “Chardon-K”
2009 California Chardonnay, San Martin, CA
Benefitting The Josh Beckett Foundation – “supporting community-based programs that strive to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriously ill, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged”

Jacoby Ellsbury Presents… “ZinfandEllsbury”
2006 California Red Zinfandel, San Martin, CA
Benefitting Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread and the Ellsbury Read Project – “The Navajo Relief Fund brings hope to inhabitants of Navajo Nation by building on their strong sense of pride and community; Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ending hunger in the state of Massachusetts; and the Ellsbury-Read Project helps promote child abuse prevention so every child can be safe at home.”

David Ortiz Presents…  “Vintage Papi” (my personal favorite!)
2006 California Blend, Healdsburg, California
Benefiting The David Ortiz Children’s Fund – “keeping children around the globe safe and healthy.”

Jason Varitek Presents…  “Captain’s Cabernet”
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Healdsburg, California
Benefiting Pitching In For Kids – :dedicated to improve the lives of children across New England.  Funds have been earmarked to help Children’s Hospital Boston, one of the nation’s top hospitals specializing in pediatric care.”

Kevin Youkilis Presents…   “SauvignYoouuk Blanc”
2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Healdsburg, California
Benefiting Kevin Youkilis Hits For Kids – “dedicated to rallying local and corporate support and awareness for charities and organizations focused on the health and well-being of children.  Funds will benefit kids in New England and in Kevin’s hometown of Cincinnati.”

Curt Schilling Presents…  “Schilling Schardonnay” (Currently Sold Out)
2006 Chardonnay, Lontue Valley, Chile
Benefiting Curt’s Pitch for ALS – “Program founded by pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife, Shonda. The program benefits The ALS Association , whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and to support their families while aggressively funding research for a cure.”

Tim Wakefield Presents…  “CaberKnuckle” (Currently Sold Out)
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon,Lontue Valley, Chile
Benefitting Pitching in for Kids – “Program dedicated to improving the lives of children across the New England region through sports- related events, including the Annual All-Star Celebrity Golf Tournament co-hosted by Tim Wakefield.”

Clay Buchholz Presents… “ChardonClay”
2009 Chardonnay,Healdsburg, California
Benefiting the Jimmy Fund – “official charity of the Boston Red Sox, in the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer locally and around the world”

Jon Lester Presents… “CabernAce”
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Healdsburg, California
Benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – “This pitch helps researchers maximize the body’s own ability to strike out and eliminate disease so lymphoma patients can win their own games in life.”


90+ Cellars – “Rated Wines at an Extreme Value”

90+ Cellars Label

I read an article on Time.com (take a look!) about this company 90+ Cellars who offer high quality and high rated wines for a discounted price!  They make sure that their oversupply is a 90 or higher in rating and is the best buy from a respected winery.  In this sense it’s like a Marshalls when you find that great designer bag for half the price!  They literally have bottles that would be $75 for only $25!  The only catch (and I think the really fun part), is that you have no idea what winery the wine came from!  So take a chance and indulge in a gold medal wine at an affordable price and try to guess where it came from!  For all of those wine enthusiasts out there it sounds like a great idea as an activity at your next house/apartment party!

I’ve outlined a few stores in NY and Boston that carry the brand but you can find all locations on their website!  Can wait to try this!!

NYC

International Wine & Spirits
2903 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Uptown Wine Shop
1361 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128

(UWS is the first store to bring 90 into NYC!)

Chelsea Wine Vault
75 9 Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Boston/MA

Salem Wine Imports
32 Church Street
Salem, MA 01970

Sagarino’s

106 South St
Boston, 02111

Sanctuary
189 State Street
Boston, 02109

Charlestown Liquors
10 Thompson Square
Charlestown, MA 02129-3316

Golden Goose
179 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109

Charles Street Liquors
143 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

Kappy’s
216 Border Street
Boston, MA 02128

KozieGrape Your Way Into Warm Weather!

How about enjoying these fun customizable Kozies with your spring/summer glasses of wine!  Just upload your photo, choose your quantity and enjoy your favorite glass of wine with a no slip grip and your favorite picture!  Even great for events to promote your business or for fun parties!  Take a look!  KozieGrapes

KozieGrapes - Event Wine Glass Insulation

Whole Foods Serving Beer & Wine…

Whole Foods is starting to implement an actual bar into their consumer grocery shopping experience!  As of now it has only been active in a few locations – Arizona, Illinois, Texas.. but they plan to spread into all 305 stores!  I don’t know about you but I would love to stop for a glass of wine to break up my grocery shopping especially if the lines are long!  I just hope shoppers don’t take this for granted where it gets too rowdy but take it for what it is; a pleasurable addition to the food shopping experience.  I hope this test turns into a real success and hurries to NYC!  Read the full article here:  ”Whole Foods tests bars selling craft beer and local wine in its stores

What do you all think????

Wine Woot! – Deal of the Day

If you’ve heard of woot.com (daily deals on electronics) then you must know of or at least grasp the concept of wine woot!  For those of you looking for another website that is great for getting wine steals, sign up for Wine.Woot! and get amazing deals daily!

Today they are featuring a “Red Ty Affair” which consists of 3 bottles of Ty Caton Vinyards, Sonoma, CA 2005 which is made up of 62% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 6%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah (sounds pretty darn fruity and delicious) for $49.99.  What a STEAL!

So, for those of you who haven’t signed up for a wine club yet and are hesitant to do so, sign up for Wine Woot and feel free to choose whatever deals you like and be in control of your own wine club!

Unfortunately,  due to state legislatures wine can only be delivered to the following states so for my friends and family who live in Mass.. Let me know what you want, but you must come visit me to pick it up!!!! :)

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Vyne & Lure Fishbar

This weekend we went to Vyne Wine Bar in Greenwich Village for a pre-dinner drink before heading over to Lure Fishbar.  We got there around 830pm and it was really quiet.  They had a nice fire going with leather couches and a long stone table for people to sit at – key to a great wine bar for tastings.  I liked the inside however, I learn towards more of an old wood, exposed red brick, more authentic Italian feel to a wine bar.  This was a bit more modern but definitely a good spot to share a bottle of wine with close friends to really dig in and catch up since it was a bit on the quieter side.

We were in the mood for a little bubbly so split a bottle of 2010 La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti Bricco Quaglia three ways which was delicious.  It was very sweet so make sure you are in the mood for a fruity sparkling wine.  It was a light – medium bodied sparkling white wine with lots of acidity, dry and very peachy with a hint of green pear flavor.  It was a reasonably priced bottle for about $48.  This would actually go great with an outside Spring/Summer brunch or complement a nice dessert.. like the ice cream sandwiches we had at Lure!

We headed over to Lure Fishbar and had the most amazing time.  The interior is reminiscent of a gorgeous cruise ship – love the nautical theme they have going on.  The food was delicious (Recommend: Lobster Roll, Rock Shrimp risotto, Lobster croutons – app).  Their wine list offers over 250 bottles starting around $40 – over $100.  At Happy Hour (5pm – 7pm) they offer featured wines (white, red, rose) by the glass for $6! So I would definitely go back to see what the happy hour is like but the bar scene is very cool and of course the dinner with it’s extensive wine list is also amazing.  Check out the dessert too, next time I would like to try some of their ports and maybe if I am daring enough, their Grappa!!!!

Wine Bottles Recycled Into Fancy Cheese Plates!

After attending the NYC Wine Expo last month, not only did we taste and discuss amazing wines from all over the world we also found an amazing idea that I fell in love with and couldn’t stop talking about – Recycling your wine bottle and flattening it into a cheeseboard!

Take your favorite bottle of wine and turn it into a fancy cheeseboard for entertaining!  Talk about a converstaion starter!  It was the first time I had ever seen this done before and I literally couldn’t stop thinking about how cute/useful these are.  The company that we talked to called “Treasures Of The Vine” located in Northern New Jersey, can take your favorite wine bottle, flatten it (with front and back labels intact) and create this lovely cheeseboard great for a wine and cheese party in your apartment, back porch, or now since the weather is getting nicer (hopefully) on a boat while enjoying a pre-dinner cruise!  Not only do they transform wine bottles, they basically do anything glass including your favorite vodka, champagne, whiskey, etc..  They also let you pick out a cheese spreader from about 20 options to go with your recycled bottle.  Check them out and if you don’t see the bottle you are looking for you can contact them to put in a request.  They make great gifts too (Mother’s Day is just around the corner)!

Some of my favorites right off the website…

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