Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shoe News: B Brian Atwood is Available Today!

 

B In It to Win It

B Brian Atwood Blayneshoe ShoesNBoozeI remember the excitement I felt when it was announced that Brian Atwood had a diffusion line in the works. They released sneak peeks at the heels or soles of the shoes to build the anticipation, and Footwear News occasionally made references. Today, the wait is over, and B by Brian Atwood is in stores. Their official launch partner is Saks, but the shoes (with retail prices of  $100 for flip flops, etc to $600 for boots) will also be available at other stores.

B Brian Atwood Bracelet ShoesNBoozeTo celebrate the launch, Brian Atwood (@B_Atwood on twitter) is holding a tweetstakes, in which followers are invited retweet #bobsessed for a chance to win some of his favorite things, including Vosges chocolates, a Jo Malone Candle and a handwritten note. For a limited time, Saks will also offer this futuristic bracelet with any B Brian Atwood purchase.

Here’s a video showcasing more of the shoes:

Let’s see if Brian Atwood can “Justify my Love”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Booze Review: Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio

 

Grape Expectations

 

ATTEMS - PINOT GRIGIO 2010I seldom discuss wine here, but that’s about to change… starting now. Ladies, the wine you drink says as much about you as your shoes and your cocktail. (The selection process can be confusing, so check back soon for more info on which wine says what.) There’s white, there’s red, sparkling, rose… and the list goes on. However, there are certain types you can find on almost any menu, and Pinot Grigio is one of them. It’s one of the more versatile varieties of white wine- easily sipped alone or paired with chicken, fish or other light meats. Recently, the folks at ATTEMS sent me a bottle of their 2010 Pinot Grigio to review.

ATTEMS wines come from Collio DOC in the northeastern part of Italy, and the winemaking lineage of the ATTEMS family dates back 900 years.

I asked my friends, Enovia Bedford of Accessory Remix (June Ambrose was just spotted in one of her necklaces) and Yenitza Lindsay of Sociallite Accessories to try it with me and give their opinions.

The Sniff…

We took a quick sniff to see what flavors we detected in the aroma

The Sip…

We sipped it to pick up the subtleties in the flavor

The Verdict (and potential food pairings)…

We rated it and decided which foods would work best with it

Tasting Notes (from Attems): The wine appears an intense straw yellow with gold highlights, luminous and appealing. Rich, complex notes of fruit are first to please, with banana, pear, mandarin, and
kumquat, as well as pink grapefruit and white peach, and the bouquet ends in a flourish with generous orange blossom honey. The elegance and length of the palate are notable, as is its silky mouth feel, finely balanced by a crisp acidity and ultra-savoury fruit.

I’m not as well-versed in my vino as I am in my cocktails, so this is a journey we can take together. One thing I’ve learned: white wine needs at least 3 years of aging to reach full maturity. Nonetheless, my friends and I definitely enjoyed the ATTEMS. Now I want to know what a 2008 tastes like.

Oh… FYI snooth.com (a HUGE wine site) is shining the spotlight on Pinot Grigio for the month of August via its Global Tasting Initiative (snooth.com/GTI). If this review has you thirsty for more pinot info, check them out (and maybe even participate).