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

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!

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!

Love Riesling? Here are the rules by @DhMeyer and @FandW

Stumbled upon this awesome wine pairing guide for the Riesling lovers in my copy of Food & Wine Magazine!

Here is another great article for interesting pairings with Danny’s infamous restaurants in NYC! {here}

Enjoy!

#WW – What’s Your PoiZin w/ @ArmidaWinery

We recently visited the West Coast over Memorial Day weekend where we went to explore the wine treasures of Santa Cruz – a true hidden gem for great wineries with amazing views.  A little more casual than your big boy Sonoma and Napa estates however, nonetheless still treasures on the vine.

We brought back this wonderful red drinking wine perfect for a Sunday BBQ in the city.  Poizin, made in Sonoma at Armida Winery, but has a tasting room in Capitola overlooks the beach and water and is this week’s wine of choice for Winepug Wednesday!  Such a true Zinfandel (don’t you love the play on words) driven by loads of fruit, spice, and a smooth yet soft finish makes this wine the “wine to die for”.  Not only can you sip on this for hours, it’s also a great conversation starter from the skull artwork on the bottle to the fun anecdotal tale on the back.  So, what’s your Poizin? 

“As she stands in the clearing the cold wind dances through the trees, swirling her golden mane over her diaphanous silken black gown.  The full moon melts into the paleness of her skin.  As she stirs the cauldron of Zinfandel she chants an other worldly incantation.  From vials as old as the echoes of time she adds minute pinches of her ancestry.  Her slender fingers rub together as the grains fall, releasing their magic as they touch the fermenting must.  On her face is the look of both good and evil, of love and hate, of life and sex and all that stirs you.  What is this unearthly potion?  It is Poizin, the wine to die for.”

NYC Wine Events, Offers and Openings!

There have been so many openings, events, and offers that I have come across recently relating to great wine experiences that I had to share.  Here are some of the best I’ve found!  Happy Friday! 

**You may have to register for each website (if you aren’t already) in order to view/sign up for the offer.** 

Offers

  • Almond from Gilt Group {here} - 12 E 22nd St: 30% Off After-Work Charcuterie, Cheese and Wine. Sounds Delish!
  • Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting from Bloomspot {here}; Tribeca Rooftop (10 Desbrosses St); June 6, 2012 from 7–9PM, VIP admission at 6PM. Some great wineries will be in attendance!
  • La Cerveceria from Groupon {here}; 65 Second Ave., Tapas Dinner for Two with Wine or Sangria. Yes please!
  • Manhattan Champagne & City Lights Cruise from Goldstar {here}; June 1, 2012 or June 8, 2012; Harbor Cruise and a bottle of champagne.. Sounds good to me!
  • An Exclusive Evening with Marco Pasanella from Tasting Table {here}; June 18, 2012 6:30pm-8:30pm; book signing and wine… I’m there!

Store Events

  • Bottlerocket {here}; 5 W. 19th St.; Free wine tastings at Bottlerocket every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5-8 pm.
  • Astor Wines & Spirits {here}; 399 Lafayette St. Too many to post but check out all of their awesome wkly events.
  • Sherry-Lehmann {here}; 505 Park Ave; June 6, 2012 – Complimentary tasting of the Rhone Valley! AND June 14, 2012 - Louis Jadot Sherry-Lehmann / Kevin Zraly Master Wine Class!

Openings

  • Noir {here} and {here} - 151 East 50th Street (212.753.1144): Opens Monday 6/4 – Who wouldn’t want to’t try Champagne Vanilla Vinaigrette and the Chef’s wine pairing menu?
  • Maslow 6 Wine Bar {here} - 211b West Broadway: Opened 5/19 – A wine bar created by passionate wine enthusiasts, a must try!
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