Tribeca Grill Spring Wine Walk-Around April 16th!

Picture from Gilt City

On Gilt City today one of my favorite restaurants in NYC is offering an amazing wine tasting offering on April 16th at the Tribeca Grill! 

Check out the offer {here}

Offer includes: 
One ticket to the Spring Wine Walk-Around at Tribeca Grill on April 16 from 5:30 – 7:30PM
20% off any wine on the 1,900 bottle Wine Spectator Grand award-winning list with dinner in the main dining room

Mysterious Ways with Phantom Gourmet & 90+ Cellars

Since I am spending the holidays in Boston, I figured it would be ‘tastefully’ appropriate to blog about a great wine I stumbled upon at a wine tasting last night at my hometown’s local grocery store! 90+ Cellars was the tasting brand for the night, offering a lovely selection of reds and whites (great addition to simple grocery shopping)!  However, before going ahead I would suggest reading up on the background behind this remarkable concept 90+ Cellars {here}! You can also see what stores carry this brand in Boston!

Now, onto the good stuff.  One particular bottle that overpowered the rest was a 2010 bottle of Phantom Gourmet 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.   Not only is it named after the famed NE restaurant critic, but with it’s great taste and value ($14.99) this Pinot intrigued me in mysterious ways, in a good way!  This Pinot Noir rolls across your taste buds smoothly and is a slightly sweeter and heavier Pinot Noir than other’s I’ve tried, which was perfect to warm up with in this 35 degree weather! It had bits of sour cherry bursts that complimented the sweeter tastes nicely! And icing on the cake? It even pairs well with a Fenway Frank … No brainer!

On the Bottle

Story: 90 Cellars has teamed up with New England’s #1 restaurant critic to bring you this Pinot Noir whose origin is as mysterious as the Phantom himself. Together, we searched every hill and valley of Sonoma to unearth this Pinot Noir that’s got more swagger than Jagger. Handpicked from hillside vineyards and aged for 10 months in new oak barrels, this is Pinot for pondering and partying.

Taste: Radiant purple in color with layered aromas of cherry and pomegranate along with a dose of sweet wood spice. You could say it’s like eating cherry pie next to a blazing campfire. Perfectly unpretentious, this wine will pair equally as well with a Fenway Frank as it will with Filet Mignon. Food, fun and now wine, that’s all the Phantom serves.

So there you have it.  Will you be slipping this into Fenway Park to try it out with the infamous Fenway Frank?  If you do, let me know!

Harbor Cruisin’, Harbor Tastin’!

As the weeks have been moving at the blink of an eye and the days are filled with mostly work and some play… I have yet to find the time to write this post or even pick out a good bottle of wine!  Well here is something that will kill two birds with one stone and will make your life a whole lot easier when trying to find that perfect (and impressive) Chardonnay or Rose for your dinner party and you just don’t have the time to walk through the libraries of wines in your liquor store!

It was Labor Day weekend and after a hard earned work week our hardest decision for the weekend was what to toast with to celebrate the end of the Summer and the welcoming of Fall!  Since it could be considered a transitional holiday from light whites to heavier reds as the weather gets colder, we tried something in the middle – ROSE!  So, what rose are we going to drink?  A good question that has a very strategic answer… to the rescue!


An on the boat tasting experience that led us to the most important decision of the weekend!  What did we go with?  The infamous 2010 Swanson Rosato paired nicely with a surf and turf of baked stuffed lobster and steak!  A great solution for saving money and time on what to drink! Simply go online follow directions, pick the sampler you want (which there are a number of different offerings), wait for it to be delivered, try it and buy it (with a savings)!  What a wonderful experience that made the wine picking process that much more fun!

Tell me how you choose your wines before you invest in something you haven’t tried?  I hope you have this much fun in doing so!

Vibrant Rioja Grand Tasting

To continue my Spain/Rioja journey last week, I had the opportunity to taste supple yet powerful wines of Spain at the Vibrant Rioja tasting hosted by  Tempranillo, mazuelo, granacha were grapes tossed around all night while sipping, slurping, and rolling around wine in our mouths.  Lots of vibrant fruits like strawberries, black cherries and raspberries with a hint of spicy elements were apparent after about two tasting tables.  Spanish inspired food and music were also lingering in the background adding that authenticity and custom flair.  Loved sipping on a Grand Riserva enjoying a nice slider – of course tapas inspired!

Each bottle was distinctive to it’s provenance and message.  Beautiful wines suited their bottles as they all had a very aesthetic elegance and prestige look to them making some seem very intimidating while others had a more casual spin and less serious image that were fun and playful to drink!    Overall a lovely event full of color and liveliness.  My reco is to try and embrace all types of Rioja (white, red, rose) and enjoy the vast history and story that comes with every bottle… So grab a glass sit back and enjoy the slideshow!   ¡salud!

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Look closely, the netting on the bottle is custom to Spanish wines..

“Ramona’ed” Wine Drama!

I stumbled upon this entertaining article on today regarding the NY Housewives wine/beverage ventures and how, of course stirring up some drama as per usual, Ramona Singer has her own speculations on Bethenny’s said earnings with Skinny Girl Margaritas.  Who know’s what’s true but we do know that Romona loves her Pinot and that it seems to be doing well.  If you are a NY Housewives fan then you will most certainly know that “Ramona Pinot Grigio” comes from the Veneto region of Italy as about 5 minutes of last weeks episode was spent with Ramona butchering the pronunciation of  ”Veneto” while The Countess politely corrects her… Was this because she had too much “Ramona” wine?  Regardless, next time you watch try to count on 2 hands how many full glasses of wine Ramona is drinking, how many times she refills without finishing, and how many times she mentions the grape Pinot Grigio.  It actually could serve as a nice wine drinking game, if you dare!

Also, if you are interested in meeting Ramona and trying out her Pinot, she will be in NYC on May 19th at Columbus Wine and Spirits, 730 Columbus Ave, NY, NY  from 6 PM to 8 PM…  Cheers!


RHONY‘s Ramona Singer Says Bethenny Exaggerated Making $120 Million



Real Housewives of New York‘s Ramona Singer is bitching about rumors that her former castmate Bethenny Frankel made $120 million to sell her Skinnygirl Margarita company.

Ramona says:

“Oh no, she likes to exaggerate. It’s rumored, remember? It didn’t say fact. Rumored.

I was thinking before that figure came out she got about $30 million total. And divided that between her and her partners David, and usually they do a pay out, they don’t give you the money up front, they pay you out over time.”

So catty!

Sounds like Ramona is just a taaaaad jealous of Bethenny’s success. Don’t get so Ramotional, Ms. Singer – Ramona’s Pinot Grigio is sure to rake in some dough too. Probably not Skinnygirl dough, but still, we wouldn’t worry if we were you, honey.

Wine & Spirits Magazine Presents The 3rd Annual Top of the List Tasting

An amazing NYC wine event for all of my wine lovers and yet ANOTHER reason to sign up for a free newsletter from to get the best deals on food and drink! Should be fun!

From BlackboardEats (exclusive discount):

Wine & Spirits Magazine is holding its 3rd Annual Top of the List Tasting on Tuesday, May 10, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. This top-notch walk-around wine-and-food tasting event features great vino from more than 99 wineries (wineries listed below) and bites from 10 hot restaurants, including ABC Kitchen, Ai Fiori, and Ciano—plus oysters from Grand Central Oyster Bar, cheese from Artisanal, chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat, and lots more.

Tickets, normally a bargain at $65 per person, are being offered for to BBE subscribers exclusively for 30% off. And the ticket price even includes a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits Magazine! But you have to act fast, as the discounted tickets are limited in quantity, and a passcode does not guarantee a ticket or discount!

List of Participating Wineries:

Acacia Vineyard
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Beaulieu Vineyard
Belle Glos
Beringer Vineyards
Brancott Estate
Cakebread Cellars
Castello Monsanto
Charles Krug
Chateau St. Jean
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chehalem Winery
Craggy Range
Domaine Drouhin
Domaine Ramonet
Domaine Serene
Domaine Spiropoulos
Duckhorn Vineyards
Elk Cove
Evening Land Vineyards
Ferrari-Carano Winery
Fournier Père & Fils
Frank Family Vineyards
Freemark Abbey
Frog’s Leap Winery
Gai’a Wines
Groth Vineyards
The Hess Collection
J. Lohr Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Joseph Phelps
Kendall-Jackson Vineyards
Kim Crawford
La Crema
Le Salette
Livio Felluga
Luigi Bosca
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Maison Louis Jadot
Marchesi Antinori
Marchesi di Barolo
Marqués de Cáceres
Merry Edwards
Nicolas Feuillatte
Nickel & Nickel
Obsidian Ridge
Orin Swift Cellars
Quinta do Noval
Ramos Pinto
Ridge Vineyards
Roederer Estate
Rombauer Vineyards
Santa Margherita
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Simi Winery
Smith Woodhouse
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
St. Innocent
Stags’ Leap Winery
Sterling Vineyards
Taylor Fladgate
Trefethen Family Vineyards
W. & J. Graham’s
William Fèvre

Virtual Tastings

It’s always nice to know what to taste in a wine, how to properly taste, descriptive wine words etc. However, through text it sometimes sounds all the same and confusing, which is why more and more bloggers/experts are starting to go virtual with their wine tastings making it more interactive and experiential for YOU!  I’ve seen great examples and platforms of this in WineLibraryTV (now,, and of course VineTalk which is an actual TV show!  Below is a scheduled virtual tasting of the Frei Brothers Reserve that you can enjoy even if your not in the market to make a trip to Wine Country anytime soon, here you’ll be able to expereince coast-to-coast toasting and tasting! periodically host’s these virtual interviews which is a great way to learn the speak of wine!  Check the brother’s out on April 20th at 9pm EST.  They even give you a link to buy the wines to join in!!  Cheers!

Frei Brothers Reserve

Airs on April 20 2011 at 9:00 PM est

From Frei Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif., Viticulturist Jim Collins joins Greg in New York City for a taste of Frei Brothers Reserve’s exceptional wines. Tune in to discover how the winery’s sustainable winemaking practices—like habitat preservation and repurposed rainwater—translate to award-winning Sonoma County vintages that help preserve the very land on which they’re grown. RSVP now for this true Coast-to-Coast Toast to Earth Day!

Go here to purchase wines for the tasting and to find out how to save 15% off your order. You can also get free shipping by entering the code EARTH DAY at checkout. Place your order by Monday, April 11th (East Coast) or Thursday, April 14th (West Coast) to ensure your wine arrives in time for the tasting.

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Cakebread – A Little Taste of Heaven

I took an amazing trip to San Francisco in October during “Fleet Week” where we carved out a day to travel to Napa to taste the finest of wines!  We were lucky enough to have a private tour of Cakebread Cellars with the lead educator of the winery.  We were able to taste the grapes right off the vine, smell the oak of the barrels while the wine fermented, see the grapes full with rich color, and tasted the most magnificent reds and whites I have ever tasted.  The spirit and and history that you feel when you are circling the vineyard sipping on a Chardonnay on a sunny fall day really takes you over and you get lost in the scenery that surrounds you.

Beautiful mountains and green acres of what will soon be in a glass at your finest dinner party is what we experienced… Throughout our tour we sipped on a Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and many more.  Next time you go to Napa go to Cakebread and enjoy the most amazing wines I’ve tasted thus far in my journey through wine!

We also received a bottle of one of their finest reds that I have yet to try… a 2003 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon….  Any suggestions on when to open it?  Of course a truly remarkable evening it will be!! :)



Chardonnay Barrel

Beautiful Vines and Napa Mountains

Barrel Vault

Infamous bottle gifted - Have yet to open it :)yum!

Chardonnay Grapes!

Ceiling made out of Cakebread Corks!

Upcoming Wine Events – NYC

Gramercy: Tom Colicchio’s 15th Annual “Toast to the Children” benefit for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital will be May 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Riverpark. Tickets are $250 for GA and $450 for Patrons (with a VIP access) for the grand food and wine tasting of fifteen restaurants and thirteen wine purveyors. [Grub Street]

Sign up for to be eligable for the fabulous tastings below!

Vibrant Rioja’s Grand Tasting

May 5 2011, 6:00 – 8:30 PM EST
608 West 28th Street

Snooth Exclusive:
FREE TASTING EVENT—only for Snooth Users!
For the first time ever, Vibrant Rioja, the organization that promotes The Rioja wine region of Spain, is opening its doors to a grand tasting event normally only open to folks that work in the wine biz—and we’ve got tickets!
We’re bringing the first 250 Snooth Users who RSVP with us to get an inside look—and taste—of:

  • Over 300 wines from top producers
  • Cuisine from all over the world in a global food lounge
  • Live DJ

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GA + Snooth Media Wine Tasting Series: Juslyn Vineyards Napa Valley Vertical Tasting
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET)
New York, United States

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