Red Wine and Cheese Please!

NYE-Red-Wine-and-Cheese

Whenever I go out in the cold all I can ever think about and want to do is snuggle up on the couch, light candles and drink lots of red wine.  Luckily, we are heading to the Bahamas to meet our dear friends tomorrow and could not be happier to be escaping NYC to get some sunshine.  Actually, it’s a good thing we are heading out tomorrow – the weather looks to take a turn to the cold side - high of 34° to a low of 26° YIKES! However, although I will be gone and most likely will not be drinking red wine, I would never leave you empty handed on selections, especially on New Years Eve party ideas. Drumroll please…… Keeping in mind it will be a bit chilly, I have partnered with THE BEST cheese shop in NYC, Murray’s Cheese to bring warmth to you and your guests with a fabulous red wine and cheese pairing guide for your perfect New Years Eve soirée.  So tell your guests to bundle up for a short cab ride, because YOU are HOSTING the warmest and best affair in all of NYC or wherever you are for that matter! Cheers and wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy 2014!

Wine & Cheese Pairings (cheese pairings graciously provided by Murray’s Cheese, YUM)

  • Albarino -> Soft-Ripened, Cavemaster Reserve Torus $10.99/ea
  • Pinot Noir -> Washed Rind, Jasper Hill Harbison $23.99
  • Chianti -> Firm, Pecorino Ginepro $32.99/LB
  • Rioja -> Semi-Firm/Firm, Ewephoria $19.99/LB
  • Zinfandel  -> Firm, Challerhocker  $31.99/LB
  • Cabernet Sauvignon -> Soft-Ripened, Cavemaster Reserve Hudson Flower $34.99/ea
  • Amarone -> Blue, Rogue River Blue $39.99/LB

BONUS (and not listed)

  • Merlot -> Firm, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar $24.99/LB
  • Champagne  -> Soft-Ripened, Vermont Creamery Cremont  $11.99/ea
  • Port -> Blue, Colston Bassett Stilton $30.99/ea

Happy Friday… From Portugal!

Well not really more like from NYC but it is a Portuguese kind of Friday for me and i’m loving it (and not just because I am 1/3rd)!  It’s a region that I do not drink often, yet when I do adventure into a bottle I just can’t get enough.  Lying between Lisbon and the small harbor of Porto Côvo, are beautiful vineyards that harvested the 2009 Portinho Do Côvo.  A bit of jammy-ness with ripened black fruits and hints of spice make for  a succulent wine with lovely tannins that are not too hard.  Time to take out the cheese and enjoy this perfect August night!  You should do the same .

Now Saude (to your health, in Portuguese)  and to the weekend! 

The 10 Commandments of Wine (From the Portuguese) 

1. Love wine above all things

2. Swear to drink it either in the summer or winter

3. Santificate bars and cellars

4. Honour either white and red

5. Start the day at least with one glass

6. Never mix water and wine

7. Never rob an empty bottle

8. Do not lie without being drunk

9. Just envy or desire a full bottle of good wine

10. Always drink it slowly but surely 

Thank you Lauren for this special gift from your journey to Portugal!

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!

Happy Friday!

On this beautiful Friday, I would like to cheers to my wonderful friend that just moved into a fabulous new apartment and is living her dream one sip at a time!  I hope we all become SO inspired by our dreams that it sparks lightning underneath us and we start making moves and popping bubbly to celebrate!  Or if anything, indulge in some of your favorite Champagne and let the bubbly start inspiring you!

Cheers to inspiration and a fabulous weekend!

Photo compliments of the fab T.O!

A Vow to Winepug Wednesday’s!

On this rainy Wednesday while I had a TINY bit of downtime at work (aka was walking to grab a quick coffee), I got to thinking that I need to manage my time better between my day job and night job.  As a marketer by day and wine blogger by night (well every free minute I have), I know that consistency and routine matters however, it’s a hard thing to do when you are juggling jobs, hobbies, friends, fiancés etc., especially in the city that never sleeps (which it really doesn’t).  So today, on this rainy Wednesday (I repeat) I am making a pledge to start Winepug Wednesday’s where I am dedicating Wednesday night’s to review one bottle of wine in various price ranges for those casual bbq’s and outdoor picnics to the fancy dinner parties and fabulous dates.   This way, you can rely on a recommendation for your parties, gatherings etc. that are coming up in the week/weekend ahead.  And please, if you need help picking the perfect wine for the perfect occasion, just shout it out!

With that, on to my first Winepug Wednesday! Salud!

 

Winepug Wednesday – Drakenskloof, South Africa

Don’t be fooled by the “dracula-esque” look and feel of this bottle because this is a mighty fine drinking wine that should be passed around the table (if you’re willing to share). On this rainy Wednesday we opened up a bottle from South Africa’s finest, The Western Cape which was a pleasant surprise in my most recent Zagat Wine Club delivery.  Have you heard of Pinotage?  I hadn’t, until I sipped this beautiful wine that is filled with dark berry flavors (blackberries, blueberries – YUM) with a hint of spice that offers a bit of relief on the heavy berry flavor that transitions nicely to an elegantly smooth finish.  Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape, has spice like a Shiraz and/or Malbec, and deep fruit like a Cabernet to give you an idea of what you are dealing with.  It’s light enough to think of it as a ‘drinking’ wine yet heavy enough to bring to a fancy dinner party but not spend $50 for a bottle. Another great wine for a great value – retails $16.99.  So where to buy in NYC?  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it in NYC but can order online {here} or if Out of Stock try Zagat Wine {here}.

Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!

A Tempranillo Good Time!

Ole Imports impresses me again!

It’s a dreary night in NYC tonight and I’m craving something with SPICE to get me out of this mood I am in caused by the weather.  Well, I just opened up a bottle of Barco de Piedra from the region Ribera del Duero, kindly sent to my by Ole Imports and BOOM – My spirits are lifted!  This light fruit bomb of red berries filled with delicious spices (I taste cinnamon!) with cedar lingerings and a delicate finish is taking me away from this rainy Wednesday and floating me to the  SUN of Spain!  What a wonderful red drinking wine at an amazing value.  $15 – $17 in price point… Really?  By the sophisticated bottle and elegantly light taste, I would think this wine was MUCH more costly.  Have fun fooling your friends and CHEERS to Barco de Piedra.  Thank you again to Ole Imports for letting me try this remarkable bottle!

Where to find in NYC: Astor Wines & Spirits – 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.) {here}

**More info on the wine {here}

Lobster Rolls and Champagne

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

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.

  


Heart Wine?

WINE? I hope everyone is outside enjoying this Springful Saturday and taking advantage of the warm weather!  Wine time begins at 5 o’clock!  Get out the Riedel’s and start cheersing!

**Photo taken 37th St. and 9th ave NYC

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