Archive for the ‘wine’ Category


Sangria Gets a Makeover

June 12, 2008

I love sangria as it is (my favorite is at Tapeo 29!), and I don’t particularly think it needs a makeover. But it’s interesting to see a bunch of NYC drink-spots putting a spin on the classic drink. From the dry-sherry sangria at Suba to the deep-red-beet version at Tailor to the green mango and apricot at Rayuela, mixologists (did I really just use that word?) all over town are going sangria-wild.

Check out the entire, BEAUTIFUL slideshow here.


Stimulus-Worthy Meals

May 5, 2008

I got my stimulus rebate on Friday – direct deposit to my account. And it took all of my willpower to move it immediately into my savings account. But NY Mag did a cute article on 18 Ways to Blow Your Tax Rebate, and they included a section on food. Their short term investment: buying 6 $100 orders of eels at Le Berardin this week for you and 5 friends. Medium term: Buy a one-year membership to the wine auction house Acker, Merrall & Condit’s Platinum Wine Club. And long term: get a 90-minute group lesson (for 12 people) from the experts at Murray’s Cheese. And here’s my own, personal suggestion: book the 9-course tasting menu at Per Se for two and then cringe when you have to leave your leftover $100 for a 20% tip.

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Wines That Please Everyone

April 18, 2008

I clipped this post from Dr. Vino‘s blog the other day sort of as a mental note to myself, but thought y’all might like to see it too. It’s a list of the wines that were unanimously enjoyed by the classmates of his NYU course on wine tasting. I figure if it’s good enough for an NYU-kid, it’s good enough for me.

* Luneau-Papin, Clos des Allees, Muscadet 2005 $12 (find this wine)
* Godeval Godello 2006 $16 (find this wine)
* Lenz Estate Merlot, North Fork Long Island, 2001 $21 (find this wine)
* Patricia Greene, “Whistling Ridge” Pinot noir, 2006. $35 (find this wine)
* Catena Malbec 2005 $16 (find this wine)
* Yves Cuilleron, “vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes,” Syrah 2006 $18 (find this wine)

The first two are whites, and the rest are reds. Enjoy.

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New Wine Bar in the LES

April 15, 2008

There’s a brand new organic wine bar that opened on Broome St. near Orchard last week called Ten Bells—a nautical term which also happens to be the name of the pub in London where Jack the Ripper met his victims. Yikes! But the space doesn’t look scary, and in fact looks rather cozy. Wine bars are my favorite, so I’ll be checking this one out soon. It’s owned by the same people who run Les Enfants Terrible, a restaurant I keep hearing great things about and still haven’t been to. My restaurant list is just too long!

Photo by Melissa Hom.


Gearing Up for the Picnic Club

April 11, 2008

Yesterday was beautiful here in NYC—hit the 70s for the first time in forever. Thus, I got spring fever and consumed approximately a million calories to celebrate the warm weather. There goes the diet! But I came across two really cute picnic sets that got me extra excited for future picnic-ing this spring and summer. The Eco Picnic set (via Dose of Design) is all fully biodegradable/compostable, and the Steady Stick Table and Wine holders (via SwissMiss) are less eco-friendly, but more likely to keep your food and drink away from the ants. I can’t wait to picnic!


My Latest Obsession

April 10, 2008

A friend and co-worker turned me on to her latest weight-loss obsession, Daily Plate. It’s a site where you can input all the food you eat each day and your exercise, and it’ll tell you exactly how many calories you can have to lose weight. I’m not really, exactly trying to lose weight. OK… maybe like a pound or two. But I’ve never been much of a dieter and I have no idea how to count calories. Yet I find it oddly satisfying to put in my Reese’s Mini Peanutbutter Cup, and see that it’s only 42 calories. Nice. And mostly, I just want to know that I’m not eating disgusting amounts of calories. I think this obsession’s life-line is a week at most, but, for now, I’m totally into it and I’m gonna try to shed some poundage for the summer.

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Flying Decanters

March 19, 2008


Very beautiful new wine decanters from Riedel—the collection, including the Swan, Paloma, and Flamingo, are all inspired from the shape and form of birds (link via Cool Hunting). Each decanter (somewhat magically) holds one bottle of wine.