Santa Margherita at L' Angolo, Tribeca NYC

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House of CB Bomber Jacket (less expensive version here) // J. Crew Tank Top // Paige Denim // Vans Sneakers // Ray Ban Sunglasses // Jenny Bird Hoop Earrings // Vita Fede Gold Bracelet // Vita Fede Rose Gold Bracelet 

There is nothing like the perfect weekend day where you have nothing to do but walk around your city and sample some of the food and drinks it has to offer.  I talk about this a lot, but one of my favorite things to do is walk around NYC without an agenda and pop into new spots that I've never tried before.  L'Angolo is an Italian restaurant located in Tribeca right on one of my favorite streets.  It recently opened so I figured I would stop by and check out the wine menu and enjoy the people watching outside.  The wine list is very extensive and had one of my favorite bottles of pinot grigio on the menu, Santa Margherita .   This wine is perfect with a light meal or a  cheese plate!  Today I was meeting up with some friends after work so I wore my rose gold House of CB bomber, paige jeans and classic Vans.  To shop my look, or the wine, click on the links above and below!

Santa Margherita, $20, buy 

What The Experts Say:

This dry white wine has a straw yellow color. Its clean, intense aroma and bone-dry taste (with an appealing flavor of Golden Delicious apples) make Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio a wine of great personality and versatility.

What I Say:

This is one of my favorite bottles of pinot grigio!  It is super crisp and pairs perfectly with a nice cheese plate.  It has a nice fruity aftertaste with a dryer finish.  A must have for your wine collection!

xx,

Colleen

Photography by Christina Emilie

Infinie Infinity Rosé at PJ Clarks

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L'Academie Blouse // Frame Denim (older style, similar here) // Ray Ban Sunglasses // House of Harlow 1960 Necklace (older style, similar here) // Vita Fede Rose Gold Bracelet // Vita Fede Gold Bracelet // Vince Shoes (older style, similar here) // Gorjana Hoops // Tiffany Ring 

In the summer months I am always looking for outdoor spots in the city with great views, food and wine.  One of my favorite spots to go to on a nice summer day is PJ Clarks on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.  This casual restaurant has a ton of outdoor seating with amazing river and city views.  The last time I stopped in I grabbed a seat outside and ordered a glass of the Infinie "Infinity" rosé from Provence.   While I was there, I was also lucky enough to try their new Frosé drink that was absolutely delicious!  Frosé is the official drink of summer and is a great way to cool down on a hot day.  Perfect for sitting by the pool or at the beach!  Since I was just heading out for a quick drink, I opted for an outfit that was casual and cool.  This blouse from L'Academie is one of my favorites because it can be worn a variety of ways depending on what you doing for the day.  I paired it with my dramatic high waisted Frame denim flare jeans and layered on the gold jewelry.  The perfect look for drinks with friends!

Rose Infinie, 2015 Côtes de Provence, $14.99 , buy

What The Experts Say:

The rosé that we have produced has a light lychee color. Its aromas evoke a blend of citrus fruits, strawberries and small crisp of red berries. It releases a final note of refreshing acidity.  It is ideal to accompany Mediterranean dishes such as grilled fish or ratatouille.

What I Say:

I love almost every rosé that comes from Provence.  This Infinie rosé is perfect for sitting outside on a hot summer day.  It is crisp, light and refreshing.  It has a slightly sweet berry taste with a smooth finish.  I would put this up there with my favorite Whispering Angel rosé!

xx,

Colleen

Photography by Christina Emilie

Wine & Cheese Wednesday: Louis Martini

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Believe it or not when I first started to drink wine I would only drink white, specifically Pinot Grigio.  At the time, it was the only wine that I liked so I pretty much stuck to the known, occasionally spicing it up with a Riesling here and there.  It wasn't until I started dating my now husband that I started to try red wine.  He exclusively drank red so I would always take little sips out of his glass and eventually I started to really enjoy it, especially when we would go out to nice steak dinners.  Now things have completely switched and I actually prefer red over white.  Today I am sharing a cabernet that I first started drinking when I started to like red wine.  This Louis Martini Cabernet is a great starter cab for people who are looking to try a new red.  It is relatively inexpensive compared to the quality and it is a universal red that almost everyone can get on board with.  To compliment it, I am pairing it with two new cheeses that I am really excited about!  

The cheese on the left is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese from the Veneto region in northern Italy called Piave.  It is parmesan's sexy, sophisticated cousin with a creamy and flavorful finish.  Like Parmigiano, Piave pairs well with both red and white wine, but is smoother and easier to eat right from the wheel.  The cheese on the right is called Pradera Gouda.  This 3-year Gouda is sweet, nutty and has a slight caramel/butterscotchy finish.   I recently learned that the older gouda gets, the denser and more delicious it becomes! This cheese is packed with delicious crystals that are a hallmark of well-aged cheese.   They both go perfectly with this nice bottle of cabernet!

Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon: $20.00/ bottle purchase at LouisMartini.com  (note: now offering $20 off purchases through Thanksgiving!)

To Purchase This Cheese: Piave , Pradera Gouda

What The Experts Say:

Our Louis M. Martini 2014 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon wine reflects the best of the warm, narrow Dry Creek Valley and the hot yet wind-cooled Alexander Valley. Together, these unique features create a rich, superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with copious yet supple tannins.

Those tannins make the young wine approachable but will still give it enough texture to age gracefully. This vintage had a long, calm growing season, helping create elevated and concentrated flavors that include wild berries, plum, licorice and mocha. The full-bodied and mouth-coating feel on the palate leads to a long, graceful finish with tones of intense fruit, dried herbs and cedar inside firm structure.

What I Say:

This is a great cabernet, especially for beginners. It is well balanced, not to heavy and has just the right amount of fruitiness to it.  This will pair well with a variety of food and would be a great table wine to serve at a party. 

Wine & Cheese Wednesday: Liberty School Cabernet

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Today I am kicking off a new weekly feature on the blog, Wine & Cheese Wednesday.  Every week I am going to be featuring a new wine and cheese that I discover and will be giving my review of it.  Anyone who knows me knows I live for a cheese plate and a good glass of wine.  If you are coming over to my house for a party or going out to dinner with me, chances are a cheese plate will be involved at some point.   I want to preference these posts by saying that I am NOT a wine or cheese expert, so all opinions are my own and based off of what I like.  That being said, I think that a lot of wine and cheese lovers like myself are always looking to try new things so hopefully these posts will provide some inspiration! 

This week I am featuring one of my favorite bottles of red wine, Liberty School Cabernet.  This wine is super affordable and the perfect compliment to a cheese plate or on its own.  Today I am pairing it with a sharp Grafton cheddar cheese that was purchased from the Italian market Eataly in NYC.  SO GOOD!!   This outstanding cheddar has a pronounced, mature flavor, smooth finish, and a drier, crumbly texture.  This is a great neutral cheese for a party because it isn't too strong so even non-cheese lovers will probably like it.  

What the wine experts say:

  • Ruby black in color, the 2013 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon displays classic Cabernet aromas of black currant, crushed blackberry and cherry, with undertones of charred sandalwood, black peppercorn, eucalyptus and a dash of cinnamon. On the palate, dark berries, cherry and a hint of toasted oak unfold as the velvety tannins and balancing acidity lead to a long, fruit driven finish.

What I Say:

  • This is a great wine for the value.  It is a full bodied cabernet without being too overpowering.  The fruity notes are dominate without tasting too sweet.  I was so excited to see this on sale for $11.34 at winelibrary.com.  In my neighborhood store it costs $18.99 a bottle so I was very happy to see it available at at lower cost.  I love a napa valley cabernet and this bottle remains one of my go-to staples for parties and my wine rack at home.  Cheers!

Liberty School Cabernet (2013): $11.34 (winelibrary.com), Retail Price: $18.99 , 88 points wine enthusiast, Liberty School Website

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xx,

Colleen