Keep Those Bubbles In!

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit which mean it’s officially the beginning of holiday season! Parties every weekend and Champagne in hand is always what rings in the holiday season and New Year!  And of course, nothing is worse than when you are at a holiday party and your glass of bubbly goes FLAT.  So why not try this! Slip a raisin into your glass and watch the bubbles unfold!

Raisin picture {here}; Champagne picture {here}

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau

Today is the the day.  The third Thursday of November where Beaujolais Nouveau begins its journey through small French villages  making it’s way to Paris where millions of cases are then sent out all over the world for BN lovers to enjoy! 

“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”  

This is one of the most extraordinary and infamous wine rituals in the wine world that many wine lovers from all over count down the days to this wonderful Thursday! 

In NYC –  Celebrate Duboeuf’s 29th Nouveau Vintage at Sherry-Lehmann {here}.

For a more thorough read on this magnificent day read {here}

Make A Statement With Wine

Wine comes in all different varietials, shapes and sizes, not to mention bottles!  One of the things I love about wine is not only it’s great taste but how fashionable and eye catching it’s presence can be!  It truly is a statement piece to compliment a beautifully set dining table for the holidays or a fabulous party!  Here are some of my favorites that certainly add a certain accent to your table or gift.  What are some of your favorites?

Say thank you with Swanson Vineyards Merci Bottle; Be fashionable with Basso and Brooke for Turning Leaf; Be glamorous with GOLD, Blue Nun Gold Edition Sparkling Wine; Add class and be chic with Andres Balazs’ Reserve Rose

Happy Friday!

Cheers to a very Happy Friday and weekend!  I am looking forward to a fabulous weekend in NYC with good friends sharing laughs and love over many bubbles trying to stay warm!  What will you be doing this weekend?  Anything fun planned?

(Photo taken from Noona Blog: Seoul {here})

Early T-Day Wine Picks!

At our annual Thanksgiving and Woodbury Commons Spree weekend, we previewed a few wines that we will certainly request on our TGiving dinner table this year… Here was the outcome (of the wines, not the shopping that would be far too long of a post!)…

Ruinart Champagne Brut Blanc de Blanc: To start off our lovely tradition and meal we toasted  our pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving with a special aperitif from the oldest established Champagne house in the world – Ruinart.  With extreme bubbles and hints of a minerals and fruit, we got our hunger going for what was to be a feast of a meal (as it always is)!

Mark West Pinot Noir: His motto is true to its taste – “Pinot For the People” and should be a staple not only on the Thanksgiving Day table but in your wine cabinet as well!  It’s oaky notes and rich spice with hints of vanilla and lots of fruity/cherry flavors will be superb with your Turkey and gravy dinner!  Outstanding to drink throughout the entire feast

Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009: This is also a nice alternative to a Mark West with lots of spice and strawberry flavors and is amazingly smooth!  I would suggest pairing this with the darker meat of the turkey!  Delish!

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvingon 2009: This was supposed to be a fun Halloween wine (we skipped on Halloween this year so figured I had to bring something ‘spooky’) but it turned into a pleasant Thanksgiving wine that can be enjoyed after dinner when you are taking a break between dinner and dessert! Start enjoying right before  dessert,  take it with you into dessert and enjoy with some pumpkin pie, blueberry pie and dark chocolate!

Still searching for that perfect Thanksgiving Day Wine… Food & Wine Online has a list of easy to find TDay wines that will do the trick! {here}

Another Wine Deal for Monday!

Another great wine deal for a wine filled Monday night in NYC!

The Fatty Crab on the Upper West Side is offering half off select bottles of wine on Monday nights with dinner!

Fatty Crab
2170 Broadway

Add this to our Monday Funday List starting with “Wine Down Monday’s @ STK” {here}

Marathoning with Sofia Mini’s

Don’t get me wrong a sprtizy mimosa in the morning before watching the NYC Marathon is nice however, why not change it up a bit and serve these fabulous and flirty Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs from Francis Ford Coppola Winery {find them here}!  It will certainly wake you up and  get you in mood to go out and cheer on all of the runners! Aside from a Marathon party, these are great for any party you are hosting as each can comes with it’s own straw and clearly they are fabulous looking and look beautiful when displayed over ice!  Just another feature for your guests to obsess over! 

Waffles and Wine on a Friday!

Who knew that a casual after work drink could lead to a fun night at home with a waffle maker and wine!  I must say, tonight I discovered a great pairing that was definitely not in the plans for this evening, but I just couldn’t resist!  A great dessert treat – chocolate and peanut butter chip whole wheat waffles paired with a Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast!  How delicious.  See the steps unfold below and try this next time you are having a relaxing Friday night and are looking for a dessert idea with wine of course!

1 egg, cup of skim milk, 2 tbsp olive oil, cup and half of whole wheat pancake mix – easy peasy!

Mix batch well!

Pour batch into waffle maker. Add in decorations (i.e. the good stuff) chocolate and peanut butter bits

Leave for a few minutes in waffle maker until it’s a magnificent golden brown

Serve on a large plate with maple syrup and whatever other additions you’d like (strawberries, whipped cream) and Viola!  A lovely dessert or breakfast!

Pair it with a Pinot Noir for a dessert and you will be in heaven… trust me!

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