Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Sale Scoop: Melissa Shoes

Just in time for the Fireworks

Melissa Shoes (one of our favorite brands) starts its summer sale today! That means 50% off most styles (including the collaborations with Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, etc). It also means if you're in New York, you can visit Galeria Melissa and score a pair to wear while you watch the fireworks (a rare occasion when we suggest flats). If you're not in the NY area, fret not, the sale is online, too, so you can get those gladiators or criss-cross slides you've been eyeing— just not in time for tomorrow's barbecues. The sale ends August 1st. Here are a few styles we're contemplating:

Melissa x Vivienne Westwood Harmonic Gladiator 

Melissa x Vivienne Westwood Gladiator Sandal

This color not available online, but there are some pretty snazzy metallics.

Melissa x Jason Wu Jean Flat

Melissa x Jason Wu Jean Cutout Flat

Lana del Rey was spotted recently in the gold version of this skimmer.

Melissa x Salinas Solar Sandal

Melissa x Salinas Solar Tassel Sandal
The tassel is such a great touch on this one. 

(And while you shop, we'll be trying to figure out how to get our hands on some Melissa Roller Joy skates. Sigh.)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Booze Clues: 5 Reasons Rosé Rules Summer

Everything's Coming Up Rosé

Glasses of Rose for La Nuit en Rose
Courtesy Photo/ Credit: Guillaume Gaudet

La Nuit en Rosé New York is in a couple of weeks (June 25-27 on the Hornblower Infinity Yacht), so we figured it's time to give you the real deal on rosé.  We asked the folks from the world's first rosé wine festival a few questions on your behalf. Here's what you should know:

SNB: What, exactly, is rosé, and how's it different from other categories?
LNeR: Most rosé is made from red grapes (such as Pinot Noir in the West Coast or Nero d’avola in Sicily) that have not been left in contact with the skin long enough to impart full color, resulting in a much lighter pink color. There are  some rosés out there that are a blend of red and grapes. Whereas white wines are made from specific white varietals such as Pinot Grigio.

SNB: Ah. OK. And why is rosé consumed during the summer months?
LNeR: It basically tastes like summer in a glass! Rosés are fruity but dry. Almost all rosés are served well-chilled and are made from refreshing, crisp grape varietals, so they do not overwhelm the palate or whatever you happen to be eating.

SNB: Speaking of eating, are there foods that are better to pair with rosés?
LNeR: Roses have balanced acid and they’re crisp so they are easy to pair with common summer foods like grilled vegetables, lighter meats and seafood as well as daytime foods you often see in brunch or lunch like eggs and asparagus (those are notoriously hard to pair with anything besides rosé!).  If there is a wine for breakfast, this is it.

SNB: Wine for breakfast? Count us in! Wait… we hear rosé in lots of song lyrics these days, and it seems to refer to bubbly. Does all rosé sparkle?
LNeR: No. Not at all. There is tremendous variety in this category in terms of flavor, style and price point. With elegant hues ranging from pale peach to salmon, rosés just look beautiful at the table and in the glass. It’s elegant, bubbles or not.

SNB: Good to know. So, what are some great rosé choices for beginners?
LNeR:   Here are some great rosés for beginners from Italy, France and New York (There’s a fancy sparkling one included because those are great for ANYONE no matter how much of a beginner or for a special occasion!) They, among an assortment of more than 100 others — and some rosé cocktails— will be served at the event:

Stemmari Rose Wine 2014 bottle

Stemmari Rosé 2014
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape: 100% Nero d’Avola
SRP: $9.99

Intense in color, Stemmari’s Rosé offers a bouquet of wild strawberry that is typical of Nero d’Avola, with complexity of cherry, gooseberry and red currant. The flavor profile is exceptionally warm and delicate, striking an ideal balance between freshness and minerality. 

Domaine Montrose Rose Wine Bottle

Domaine Montrose Rosé 2014
Region: Languedoc Roussillon, Pays d'Oc 
Grape: 65% grenache, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah 
SRP: $13.99
Light pink in color, this is an everyday rosé wine with flavors of red berries and peach, along with spicy undertones. The taste is well-rounded, and it's extremely easy to pair with food or sip by itself.

Bridge Lane Rose Wine Bottle

Bridge Lane Rosé 2014
Region: New York, North Fork of Long Island
Grape: 63% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 8% Pinot Blanc, 5% Riesling, 3% Gewürztraminer
SRP: $18.00
This is a dry rosé, meaning it's not too fruit-forward (sweet). It has a complex flavor with notes of Jolly Rancher (yes, you read that correctly), strawberry and rosemary. It's both refreshing and calming to the palate, so it works well with more robust dishes.

Ca'del Bosco Sparkling Rose Bottle

Ca' del Bosco Annamaria Clementi Rosé
Region: Italy, Lombardy, 
Grape: Franciacorta Riserva DOCG
SRP: $100
When it's time to celebrate, this rosé is a prime choice, thanks to its balanced flavor, beautiful hue and tiny, effervescent bubbles. 

For more information on La Nuit en Rosé and/ or to purchase tickets, click HERE

Monday, June 1, 2015

Your Chance to Win: Little Black Dress Wines Sweepstakes

Go. Write. Win!

Little Black Dress Wines is launching 3 sweepstakes today:

The winner of the Little Black Dress Spa Day will receive two $300 gift cards to a local spa for submitting a note via the LBDW Facebook page telling why her best friend deserves a day of pampering.

The Adley Stump Nashville Weekend sweepstakes offers a grand prize of a weekend for two in Nashville, TN, complete with a VIP performance by the rising country music star who many will remember from her time on The Voice. Lastly, the Adley Stump Nashville Night will give one lucky Tennessean a night in Nashville for two and entry to a VIP performance.

So sad we're out of the running for that Spa Day over here. We each have a best friend that totally deserves some pampering. What about you?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cheers to a Cause: Negroni Week

Negroni Week Description- drink for your cause

Did you know that Negroni Week starts tomorrow? For the third consecutive year, Imbibe Magazine and Campari are joining forces to raise money for charities around the world while also celebrating a popular cocktail. June 1 - June 7 participating restaurants and bars will donate $1 from the sale of every negroni or negroni-themed item to a charity of their choice. Campari will also donate $10,000 to the charity chosen by the bar or restaurant that raises the most money.

If you've never had a negroni, it has a strong flavor that's a little sweet, a little bitter (like grapefruit) and a bit spicy. It's often consumed as an aperitif, but it can be enjoyed anytime. This year, there are There are more than 3000 participating locations across the country with some pretty creative options available, like Negroni Popcorn (Perbacco, SF), Negroni Creamsicle Ice Cream (Tipsy Scoop, NY) and Negroni Mignonette with oysters (Cockscomb, SF).

For a complete listing of participating locations check HERE.

While you decide which item you'll try first, here's how you make a basic Negroni (via Imbibe Magazine):

Classic Campari Negroni Ccktail

1 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or ice-filled double rocks glass) and garnish with orange peel.