Walker Road Vineyards in Woodbury, Connecticut

In recent years, Connecticut vineyards have exploded in population, making the state something of a wine destination. Despite recent advances in the winemaking scene, however, since many of these vineyards are relatively young, their wines tend to follow suit. Don’t get me wrong, I like a sweet chilled Cayuga as well as the next gal, but something about most of the Connecticut vineyards carries a fun fruity easy drinking vibe that can alienate the more “serious” or seasoned wine drinker. This is why it was such a treat to happen upon Walker Road Vineyards in Woodbury Connecticut. These wines had all the depth and balance of a good Napa Valley Cabernet, and can please novice wine drinkers and seasoned connoisseurs alike!

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Dan’s Rosé Soirée presented by BMW

Celebrating its 60th year, Dan’s Papers officially kicked off summer in the Hamptons at the first of its Taste of Summer series: Dan’s Rosé Soirée presented by BMW. The event took place on Sunday, May 26th at Southampton Arts Center, under two exquisite tents decorated with Crystal chandeliers and roses.  The beautiful weather was perfect for the unofficial start of the season!

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Riverhead Rotary’s 13th Annual Rotary Uncorked

Folks seeking a chance to wine and dine for a good cause gathered on Wednesday May 22nd for Riverhead Rotary’s 13th Annual Rotary Uncorked. Hosted at Martha Clara Vineyards (now RGNY), the event featured dishes and drinks from dozens of Long Island businesses. Guests were able to sample the local faire and mingle freely indoors and outdoors while a live DJ played music to add to the festivities.

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Winter Wine Recommendations on the East End

‘Tis the season to drink and be merry, and there is nothing that pairs better with endless trays of tasty appetizers and nights spent curled up by the fire than the perfect bottle of wine. Set the milk and cookies aside this holiday and try one of these delicious vineyard favorites from around the North and South Forks.

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Summer Splendor with Portillo Wine

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Palm Bay. All opinions and content are my own. 

We as a family are so lucky to live a mere three minutes from the ocean and within walking distance of tranquil nature trails. Since we love to spend much of our time outdoors during the warmer months, we love to bring family and friends together for small bites and libations on the beach, picnics in our back lawn, and plenty celebrations on our deck that include barbecues and catered dinners.
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Dan’s Rosé Soirée presented by PORSCHE 2018

The second annual Dan’s Rosé Soirée Presented by Porsche took place at Southampton Arts Center on Sunday, May 27 from 5-8pm, with a proceeding VIP After Party from 8-10pm. This was the kick-off event to the Dan’s Taste of Summer series, which consists of a total of five food and beverage-focused events that take place from May to August of 2018.

Guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow attendees while sipping rosé from local and internationally based wineries, taking photos at one of the two photobooths, and listening to hit music and beats spun by DJ Ria Ria. Each stunning tent was decorated with Crystal chandeliers and roses. The event was easy to navigate, with one half of the event under two tents, and the other portion within the Southampton Arts Center building.

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Date Announced for Dan’s Taste of Summer Rosé Soirée Presented by Porsche

Summer starts here! Join me and Dan’s Papers/Dan’s Hamptons Media this Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday May 27, 2018 from 5:30-8pm at the Southampton Arts Center in the Village of Southampton with a VIP After Party to follow. This is Memorial Day Weekend’ biggest celebration that you surely don’t want to miss!

Savor the best rosés from the Hamptons, the North Fork, Provence and beyond, paired with bites from top chefs and restaurants. In addition to the Hamptons’ favorite libation, guests will enjoy a bevy of craft cocktails and beer to toast the start of the season.

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Sonoma Wine Tasting Made to Order

Have you ever visited a winery hoping for a private tasting, and instead had to jostle for position at the bar in the tasting room? Perhaps you found a seat in the corner but didn’t enjoy that beer-bar ambiance? For many, the attraction of wine tasting is what they imagine to be the intimate experience of it: the opportunity to inhale the bouquet, swirl it in your glass, hold it in your mouth and discover the flavors. That’s tough to do in a crowd.

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Drink It Tuesday: Hug L’Originale Sparkling Wine

Oh, can’t it be summer yet? With these well below freezing temperatures blanketing the Northeast for almost a week, I cannot help but think of much warmer days while lounging out by my pool with a glass of wine. Hug L’Originale Sparkling Wine Cocktail brought this much needed feeling back for me. Hug L’Originale is a ready to pour sparkling wine cocktail, reminiscent of ‘summer in a bottle.’ How does Hug stand out from the rest? Made in Italy, it is a unique balance of premium quality Italian Glera and Pinot Grigio grapes, expertly infused with charming aromas of elderflower, mint extracts, and pure lemon juice.

My husband and I enjoyed Hug L’Originale over brunch as an alternative to our traditional mimosas. Garnished with mint over ice, it is perfectly refreshing, adding a little sparkle to your morning! We felt it paired well with fresh fruit and yogurt, French toast with just a drizzle of low sugar fruit syrup, and poached eggs on an English muffin. It is also the ideal drink for a range of occasions including happy hour, birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. Hug is also an innovative aperitif and a distinctive base for heavier cocktails. Continue reading

Holiday Cooking and Wine Pairing Gift Guide

During the holidays, there is no greater joy for our family than enjoying a hearty home-cooked meal around the dinner table. Having my family, including my extended family, come together and share stories, laughs, and good times has always encompassed some of the happiest moments of my life. For gifting ideas, I love to give cookware, great wine, and recipe cards of some dishes my husband and I created during the year.

To help celebrate the upcoming Christmas and Chanukah season, I have below some notable wine labels, my most favorite essential cookware piece, as well as some fun wine accessories I know your family and friends will love.  Continue reading

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks 2017

Now in its 7th year, Dan’s Taste of Two Forks took place this past Saturday, July 22nd from 7:30-10pm at the sprawling waterfront property of Fairview Farm overlooking Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton. Spotlighting the bounty of both the North and South Forks, their premier food and wine event featured tastings from many top restaurants, chefs and purveyors from the Hamptons and North Fork. This year’s host was Alex Guarnaschelli, Chef and Owner of Butter, Judge on Food Network’s Chopped, author of “Old School Comfort Food” and soon-to-be released cookbook “The Home Cook.”

This was my fourth Taste of Two Forks event. Each year, it is always so apparent how much the popularity of the best food event on the East End expands. I look forward to this extravaganza every season, where guests have the rare opportunity to taste a wide variety of practically unlimited mouthwatering dishes and sip plenty of local wines, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages, including water, to keep you hydrated. Two types of tickets granted guests access: VIP for $325 included early access beginning at 6:30pm, and admission to the Waterfront VIP Lounge with special treats, and more; and General Admission for $185 with access beginning at 7:30pm.

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The Great Food Truck Derby 2016

I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Food Truck Derby held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 19 sponsored by Edible East End. This is my second Derby and on both occasions, we were lucky to experience beautiful, warm weather. My husband, daughter, and I arrived early for the VIP hour which began at 3:30pm. We were glad to see that we were one of the first guests to arrive, and quickly took advantage of the opportunity to go to each Food Truck and make our choices.

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GrillHampton 2016

This past Friday, July 22nd, I attended the 4th annual GrillHampton event, the first event for Dan’s Taste of Summer food and drink summer series. This year’s event, held Fairview Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton is the ultimate grilling event, where the best of the best grill-masters from the Hamptons and Manhattan come together under an enormous tent to compete for the title of People’s Choice as well as Judge’s Choice. In the battle between The Hamptons and Manhattan, this year The Hamptons’s chefs took home the winning title.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer based in Manhattan won People’s Choice and Grey Lady in Montauk won Judge’s Choice. Before I reveal my favorite dishes, I have to tell you about my meet-and-greet with Host Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel’s Man Finds Food. He was one of the most down-to-earth people I have met. Inside the VIP tent, he took his time to speak with each event-goer, and personalized each copy of his new cookbook, Straight Up Tasty. He was also posing for photos with guests. Richman, my husband Kris, and I chatted about traveling to Scandinavia, Greenland, Germany, and some of his latest recipes he published. What a guy, I wish you all could have met him with me! We brought home two cookbooks: one he signed for my daughter, and the second one was for my hubby. Continue reading

Wine Tasting in the Hamptons with SHE and Taste of Travel

Last week, I met Sanya Hudson of Sanya Hudson Enterprises, Hudson’s daughter Briya Murray, JoVonn Rochester, Jeroslyn Johnson, and more extraordinarily talented ladies during a leisurely wine tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Murray is the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up Jewelry. Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Make A Statement Entertainment, Inc.; Rochester is the Founder of Taste of Travel; and Hudson is the Founder of SHE, Women in Media Meet Up, and Celebrity Radio Host of Sanya On-Air. The group of female entrepreneurs I met are all based within the New York City Metro area. They came out to the Hamptons for a day of networking and taking in the beautiful sights away from the bustling city.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day: crystal clear blue skies, wine, cheese, and lush green vines. Our elegant wine tasting consisted of three wines: Roman Roth’s own Grapes of Roth Reisling aged in steel, 2014 Chardonnay aged in steel made from grapes originally planted in 1993, and a 2013 Cabernet Franc. The wine was paired with a beautiful cheese plate, dried fruit, prosciutto, and nuts. Continue reading