Vicki, Staff Writer — Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio
I drank a cold glass of Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio at my good friend Victoria’s book launch party on Monday night that was absolutely delightful. Her new book, Drink Pink, is all about the history and celebration of rosé, therefore only pink wines were served; so why Pinot Grigio, right? Venica & Venica’s Jesera Pinot Grigio comes from northeastern Italy (Collio), where white wine grapes oftentimes undergo minimal skin contact, giving them a richer flavor profile and darker pigment. Due to the fact that Pinot Grigio grapes have naturally pink/violet colored skins, the wine finishes a gorgeous coppery pink color with orange hues. On the palate, the wine is extremely textured and layered, rich in floral and sappy fruit flavors. Not your typical Pinot Grigio, that’s for sure!
Courtney, Tasting Editor — 2013 Norman Hardie Pinot Noir from Prince Edward County, Ontario
I swiped an open bottle of this wine from a tasting because I was super curious about Canadian Pinot Noir, forgot about it, and then had a surprise shift drink waiting for me at home several days later. It’s from the coldest part of Ontario (they literally have to bury their vines to keep from freezing in the winter) so while it smells of lush, Oregon-reminiscent cherry fruit on the nose, the palate is super earthy, acid-driven, and almost Burgundian. Bonus – it’ll last at least three days open in your fridge.
Adam, CEO and Cofounder — Stormy Weather cocktail
This past weekend, thanks in large part to the nice weather, I found myself at Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark, a hidden gem of a restaurant with a deck that overlooks the East River. While waiting for an outdoor table, I had a seat at the bar and ordered a “Stormy Weather.” This original cocktail was made of Pig’s Nose Scotch, lemon, crème de violette, and velvet falernum, and was insanely refreshing, which is something one might not immediately expect when they hear the base spirit is Scotch. It was so delicious in fact, I probably need to try and get the recipe.
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Batya, Managing Editor — Negroni
On Saturday I caught a matinee of the wonderful Off Broadway production of Vanity Fair with my cousin. Afterwards, we found a little cafe in the Theater District with outdoor seating where I enjoyed a couple of perfect Negronis (equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth) in the unseasonably warm summer breeze.
Mara, Digital Designer — Pabst Blue Ribbon
This week was a pretty sub par drinking week for me. Despite the many glasses of rosé, fruity cocktails, and sparkling wine, nothing seemed to stick out. So, I’m going to have to go with the $2 PBR I had at the Johnsons this week in Bushwick. Literally nothing can beat a $2 beer — that’s cheaper than a metro card.
Michelle, Chief Revenue Officer — La Crema Chardonnay
The best thing I had this week was a big, oaky, buttery chardonnay. This style of chardonnay isn’t usually my favorite, but it’s my dad’s favorite, and I was happy to be spending that particular sunny day drinking it with him and family in the backyard in California for his 70th birthday.
Nick, Staff Writer — Tropical IPA from Garage Brewing Co
Spring still hasn’t sprung in New York City, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drink beers crafted for sunny and 75. I had Garage Brewing Co.’s Tropical IPA after work on a down and out cloudy day and it brightened everything up. It’s pineapple first, then loaded with grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. Imagine sitting on a slightly rocky California beach tucked away behind a cliff face with nothing but fresh fruit and sunshine. That’s Tropical IPA.