Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Go Drink Here NYC: NY Champagne Week

Because Everything's Better with Bubbly


The 4th Annual New York Champagne Week kicks off November 7th (& ends November 13th), and to get you ready for all its sparkling glory, we asked it's founder, Blaine Ashley for some fun facts about everyone's favorite effervescent elixir for yesterday's #TIPsyTuesday posts. If you missed them on our Instagram, twitter and Facebookkeep scrolling down after you've checked out Blaine's picks for five must-attend events (We'll be attending the press events, but we may try and sneak into one of these. Hope to see you there!): 


Champagne Piaff NYC Launch Party

Date: Wednesday, November 9th 7 pm – 10 pm
Location: The Loft Flatiron- 4th Floor, 20 W. 23rd St. New York, NY 10010
Details: Join New York Champagne Week for the official launch party for brand NEW Champagne, Champagne Piaff! Champagne lovers are invited to a night of sipping Champagne Piaff Brut & Rose wines, nosh on an array of sliders catered by East Village biker bar, Pinks NYC, indulge in a sparkling wine infused dessert bar by (Shoes N Booze buddy) Sara Lehman aka ‘Somm in the City’, play games of pool, snap pics on the interactive photo wall and spectate sabrage service led by the Founder of Champagne Piaff! And, all party go-ers will be entered to win bottles of Champagne Piaff. This is one hot ticket to the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week.
Ticket Price: $75


Let’s get Fizzacle

Date: Wednesday, November 9th 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Giulietta’s Cantina Club- 13 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014
Details: Hang out at West Village’s newest hot spot, Giulietta’s Cantina Club during the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week for ‘Let’s Get Fizzacle’. Champagne enthusiasts are invited to break down the basics of the fizz biz covering it all from Champagne the region, a brief history, grape varieties, dosage levels, terroir, the champagne method and how to taste Champagne. We’ll be pouring 5 types of Champagne for attendees which will be perfectly paired with ‘ cicchetti, small snacks, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. Champagne likely served with a side of celeb spotting.
Capacity: 30.
Knowledge level: Beginner
Ticket Price: $60

Back That Glass Up

Date: Thursday, November 10th 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Giulietta’s Cantina Club- 13 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014
Details: Champagne Enthusiasts will be invited to enjoy a comparative tasting seminar highlighting the differences that glassware can make for your bubbly enjoyment. Led by WineSkool’d Founder and Educator, Keith Beavers, guests will be “skooled” on various types of glassware and how the different types play up against fizzes nose, palate and the literal-fizz. All guests will take home New York Champagne Week’s ‘Perfect’ Champagne Glass. Presented by Champagne Lombard, Champagne Bulle de Rêve and Lehmann Glassware’s Philippe Jamesse collection.
Ticket Price: $75

The St. Germain Champagne Garden Brunch

Date: Sunday, November 13th 12 pm – 3 pm
Location: Bobo- 181 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
Details: Join New York Champagne Week Founder, Blaine Ashley and Madame St. Germain, Camille Vidal Ralph as they collaborate for the official finale event of the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week — The St.Germain Champagne Garden Brunch. Attendees will be greeted with St. Germain Champagne cocktails concocted by Madame St.Germain herself and St.Germain New York Ambassador, Marlo Gamora. The classic St.Germain cocktail, will beautifully blend the French elderflower liqueur with Ashley’s first Champagne label — Champagne Bulle de Reve, served with a lemon twist while the La Rosette will combine Champagne La Caravelle Champagne Rosé with St.Germain. Attendees will be fueled with St. Germain Champagne Cocktails, coupes of Champagne Bulle de Reve and classic brunch bites like Omlettes au Fines Herbes, Tartine au Saumon Fume and Croque Madame. Presented by Champagne Bulle de Reve, Champagne La Caravelle & St. Germain.
Ticket Price: $100

Getting Grower with It

Date: Saturday, November 12th 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: 111 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
Details: Bubbly enthusiasts everywhere are falling in love with Champagne, especially when it’s made by the farmers who grow the grapes. Join David White, the author of But First, Champagne, to dive into the world of grower bubbly. Over two hours, David will detail Champagne’s history along with that of its wines and explain how and why the market is changing. Join us as we dig deep into a magical region that’s witnessed more heartbreak — and helped lubricate more celebrations — than anywhere else in the world.
Included with your registration is a signed copy of David's book, But First, Champagne.
Ticket Price: $85

For the full list of events and ticket prices, click HERE.

Oh yeah, those fun facts we promised... 


Guess what... most of those mimosas you sip at brunch are actually made with procecco or some other sparkling wine, NOT champagne. 


As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Cheers to happy accidents!




Pop bottles with care, folks! Those corks can really fly.




We guess well never know how many licks it takes to get to the center or a Tootsie Roll Pop OR how many bubbles it takes to get to the bottom of a bottle of champagne... We'll keep er researching, though.

Our bubbly buddy, Blaine even filled us in on the inspiration behind the name of her newly-released champagne, Bulle de Rêve.


Now that you're all informed and stuff... go be great (responsibly)! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Quick Sip: What to Drink on National Pumpkin Day

Because the Real Great Pumpkin Contains Booze...


Captain Morgan Jack O Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum


Today is National Pumpkin Day (yes, really), and now that you know, be sure to sip accordingly at happy hour. There are definitely a variety of options in the beer category, like pumpkin shandy and pumpkin beer. However, if you're looking for something with a bit more kick try a drink spiked with Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast. Since it's only Wednesday-- and this weekend will likely be a cocktail-heavy one-- we think you should steer clear of full-blown cocktails until at least tomorrow. That said, for tonight, we suggest the Jack-O' Lager, whether your taking the edge off at home or at your favorite bar. Here's how it's made:


Jack-O’Lager

INGREDIENTS:
                1 oz. Jack-O’Blast shot
                4 oz. Lager

DIRECTIONS:
Drop shot of Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast in a glass of lager beer and enjoy.

Now that you're a little relaxed, what are your Halloween plans? Need last-minute shoe or cocktail suggestions? Stay tuned!

*Captain Morgan is a content partner of Shoes N Booze and occasionally sends complimentary samples of products, such as Jack-O-Blast.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Go Drink Here Jersey City: Brown Girls Bar Crawl

Sip, Sip, Sashay!!!


 Brown Girls Bar Crawl in Jersey City Sept 24

Shoes N Booze has partnered with Brown Girls Bar Crawl for another installment of #SNBXBGBC in Downtown Jersey City. This Saturday from 3-7 PM, we'll bring our collective flyness to some of my favorite hometown hangouts, where we'll enjoy drink specials and tasty appetizers. Park & Sixth and Roman Nose will kick off the crawl again (both say they have new drink options for us to try), and we're adding two new stops to the crawl: Raval and The Bistro. Oh, I've been told that men are welcome this time, so feel free to bring a fella.

Tickets available HERE.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Booze Clues: Fun Facts about Italian Wine for Ferragosto

Happy Ferrogosto from Shoes N Booze


The Italian holiday Ferragosto celebrates the harvest season and summer in general. Though introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC, it also coincides with the Catholic feast of Assumption of Mary, so for many it has religious significance as well as cultural. Since it occurs in mid-August (seeing a pattern with that root word yet?), which is the summer vacation period in Italy, celebrations can last from one day to a couple of weeks. The festivities begin on August 15th. In Italy, there will be picnics, fireworks, religious observances and– most importantly for this crowd– the sharing of delicious food and great wine.

Fun Ferrogosto Facts from Shoes N Booze

If you're in the New York area, you can also join the celebration at iTrulli, where there will be a special Ferragosto-inspired lunch menu designed to feature foods traditionally enjoyed and shared during the festivities. Think panzerotti, octupus, caprese salad, meatballs, etc. Plus, the Marzovilla Family, makers of Barone Fini Wines, are partnering with the restaurant to offer a curated selection of wines to pair with your meal. As an extension of good will, 100% of the proceeds from each glass of Barone Fini purchased will directly benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

Baroni Fini WInes and Food at i Tulli for Ferrogosto


We attended a preview of the lunch last week, and it was DELICIOUS! While there, in addition to learning about the celebration of Ferragosto, we also learned quite a bit about north Italian wines, especially those from Barone Fini. The family behind the brand has been making wine since 1497 and has become an authority on the process of creating exceptional Pinot Grigio and Merlot. Our editor couldn't help but swoon as a fellow Leo and 15th-generation family member Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini guided attendees through the tasting. Of course, the experience inspired a few #TIPsyTuesday posts. If you didn't catch them on our Instagram, Facebook or twitter, here they are:

Italian Wine Label Tips from Shoes N Booze and Barone Fini

Looks like we all need to pay a little attention to labels. Granted, there are some amazing Pinot Grigio wines from various places, but we'd like to think the best of the best would come from its home country.

Italian Wine Facts from Barone Fini and Shoes N Booze


Be mindful when you're wine shopping. Many times, the higher the classification, the higher the price (because the assumption is that the wine is better). However, often, there are I.G.T. wines with quality levels at or above those of D.O.C. wines, especially in certain grape varietals.

*Bonus Fact: Because part of northern Italy was once actually part of Austria, white wines from that region, especially in the Alto Adige area, will have flavors similar to German or Austrian wines.

Now that you've gotten a little primer on Italian wines, do you feel more comfortable in the wine shop? Do you have questions we can pass on to Giovanni?