Playdate Wines

Playdate (noun): A date and time set by parents for children to play together.

In my opinion, playdates are not only for the kids to run around freely living their best lives while working on their social skills and development but also for the adults to mix, mingle and have “adult” conversations in a relaxed environment. (insert Billy Joel’s Piano Man line – “And forget about life for a while”). Within this relaxed (and contained) environment it’s only appropriate to add some delicious wine to the mix – am I right? This is why I’m dedicating an article fully on “Playdate” Wines! 

The list below has been carefully curated based off of specific criteria (that I made up) consisting of: simplicity, quality + fun factor. I thought it would be helpful to outline the perfect wines to bring with you in various situations you may find yourself in such as those Sunday afternoon playdates when Sunday anxiety creeps up OR when your kids are besties but you’ve never met the other moms!  This is your mid-2019 off the shelf guide to playdate wines!

My Piedmont + Tuscan Fix With La Spinetta Vineyards

iedmont and Tuscany (Piedmonte and Toscana if you want to go all seductive Italian on me) are Italy’s most prestigious wine regions. It would be remiss of me if I did not delve into these old world regions seeing as they are some of the best wines in the world filled with rich history.

Aside from the production of stellar Italian wines, I felt a calling to dive deeper into both areas because of a single producer - La Spinetta. I’ve been admiring them from a far through their passionate and authentic social media posts and their 2017 il Rosé di Casanova, which I refer to as having a strawberry sour-patch kid finish! Although, I have yet to visit, their heart and soul through viticulture and the human hand behind these wines is prevalent at first sip. Sustainability at it’s finest my friends.

Work and Wine… Can You Pair? Not Anymore…

Why now are workers hesitant to order a single glass of wine to pair with their lunch? Why is it so frowned upon to have a glass of Fume Blanc or Pinot Noir with clients at noon? Is it an etiquette thing, functionality, act of fear or is it simply that over time this concept has been placed in a time capsule where we will be forever indebted to movies and our father’s stories. It has me thinking, what would happen if I was out to lunch with colleagues and ordered a glass of wine…? (nail biter)

The Wine Hustle Series | Ariel Arce of Niche Niche (and then some)

Ariel, a native New Yorker with an epic cool-factor, is known for her love for bubbly and has some incredibly unique concepts under her belt, Air’s Champagne Parlor and Toyko Record Bar to name a few. However, her latest project immediately took hold of my soul (and guess what, I haven’t even been yet). I’m hesitant to even share this with you because reservations are already ‘NYC tough’ and I need a table here every weeknight! I am thrilled to introduce to you the new (as of March ‘19) Niche Niche, a dinner party concept featuring a different wine host every night of the week. Just how I was drawn to Niche Niche, Ariel’s energy and motivation is insanely palpable. So grab some Cristal and get ready to feel fucking awesome!

Holiday Tree Tutorial + Wine Pairing!

Dust off your finest crystal, stock up on hot coco, grab your favorite bottle of vino and pick-up (or cut) your holiday tree to celebrate the most festive time of the year! Easy as that, right? WRONG. The tree is my biggest challenge. Not the making the trip to my local vendor on York Avenue part but figuring out how to start decorating. I’ve literally been giving it a Charlie Brown “confused” face whilst drinking some bubbly for a week not knowing where to start. I took to instagram for holiday tree inspo and stumbled upon Holiday Workroom (our holiday savior). Here is their story + holiday wines to pair!

The Wine Hustle Series | Tawnya Falkner of Le Grand Courtâge

This week’s Wine Hustle Series is a story of someone who, inspired by her roots, culture and overall joy for life took a leap of faith to create a romanticizing sparkling wine!  Tawnya Falkner, the proprietor of the French sparkling wine company, Le Grand Courtâge takes us on her journey through her “Great Courtship” of embracing life, dreaming big, and accepting all invitations and how it lead to her dream come true - Le Grand Courâge. Grab your sparkling and prepared to be whisked away into a French fairytale.