Holiday Issue Gift Guide Resort 2014 1
HAUTE pink DECEMBER 2013 | JANUARY 2014
Cover and Right: Lanvin Resort 2014
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IN EVERY ISSUE 8 | Editor’s Letter
10 | Pink Pad Fade To Black...the LBD
12 | Boutique Spotlight
96 | Book Shelf
110 | Address Book
Where To Buy
4 | Contributors
FASHION & BEAUTY 23 | Resort 2014
Maison Rabih Kayrouz
49 | Accessory Report Gaspar Gloves
53 | Beauty Cabinet Red Lips
57 | It’s A Man’s World
Hammer and Nails....A New Guys Only Place
HOLIDAY FEATURES 62 | Gift Guide
Something for everyone
88 |Gadget Report A Guys Christmas List
90 | Puppy Love
Gifts for your best friend
100 | Celebrating with Tiny Bubbles
Sparkling Wines of Napa
Selection of Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier gowns at ON Motcomb, London
Photographer Matt Clayton
‘is the season
Remember when all you wanted for Christmas was a bicycle, the latest Barbie with a few new outfits and an art set. Fast forward to adulthood and it’s pretty much the same list. Instead of a bright red or pink bicycle, it’s a Vespa or a beautiful cruiser like the one on the opposite page by Moynat. Barbie isn’t a doll, but you and those outfits are a few pieces from your favorite designer Resort collections. The art set has been replaced with an assortment of lipsticks and nail lacquers. Just because you’re a little older doesn’t mean your list has to change.
This is our second Holiday Gift Guide and we did it a little different. We assembled it from the prospectus that the big ticket items were a given [the car, jewelry, luxe vacation, fur and cash.] Instead, we went shopping for the the people in our lives that are always there helping and caring for us [the trainer, babysitter, parents, makeup artist, co-worker...] We also, had the opportunity of spending a little time in Napa Valley this year and that inspired us to talk about Sparkling Wines. The holiday season is packed with celebrating and champagne or sparkling plays a huge part in holiday celebrations. So what’s on my Christmas Wish List? That’s easy...I think. I want a pair of black Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals [size8], a MacBook Pro [13inch],Chanel Cosmic and Magic nail colour, a pair of leopard slippers [I work from home, so these are my everyday shoes], additions to my fashion book library, new gold studs, medium gold hoops and a puppy. I know I listed a puppy last year. I’m getting closer to making that a reality. I’ve narrowed it down to either a Yorkie named Winnie or Shih Tzu named Chloe. The minute I get her, I’m going to spoil her with some of the goodies listed in our doggie gift guide. Enjoy the issue and we hope you have a blessed and safe holiday season. Thank you to everyone that has helped us, you will never know how much we appreciate you. See you next year.
MOYNAT LeMalle Bicyclette
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Tis the season for the LBD. Scratch that. Every season is LBD season. However, when the holidays roll around, it seems the LBD sees more action. Every woman owns at least one. Personally, I own LBDs for different occasions...Cocktail, formal, lunch with the girls, a questionable date and the demure look. Why the LBD? Itâ€™s safe, comfortable and in our minds, it hides the evidence of having enjoyed every buffet we hit during the season. Accessorizing the LBD let;s your personality show. Color is great, but personally, I think it looks its chicest with black accessories. How are you wearing your LBD this season?
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Giambattista Valli Couture gown Photographer Matt Clayton
MOTCOMB in London isn’t a store, shop or boutique. It’s an atelier for couture evening wear. The concept is so simple, yet so chic. It’s a place where the most beautiful dresses of the season gather. If clothes had reunions, this is where they would purposely meet. We discovered this fantasy land like we do most of our boutiques, the internet. I will admit, when we read the name, we thought it was a hot new design talent. The image that accompanied the name was a thumbnail of an incredible gown. One click and we discovered, ON Motcomb wasn’t a new designer, but a boutique with a defined sales strategy...eveningwear. In the modern age of shopping, there are some that will swear the internet has taken over. Not so. As long as there are people who appreciate fine craftsmanship, there will always be places like ON Motcomb. The images of this beautiful atelier, [that’s how we choose to refer to it] had us wanting to jet off to London immediately. Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Begravia, London, it is surrounded by several established and international brands. The store is a little deceiving from the exterior, because on first glance, it resembles an art gallery. How apropos, most consider the gowns they offer to be works of art. Once inside, the couture pieces gradually reveal themselves amongst the beautiful white screens. The space was designed by Ammar Bashier in collaboration with Flower Michelin Architects. It’s minimalist, but warm, which allows the gowns to speak to the clients. The oversized fitting rooms are breathtaking complete with full-sized mirrors to see both the front and back with ease. ON Motcomb isn’t shopping, it’s a relaxing holiday.
Selection of Giambattista Valli Couture dresses Photographer Matt Clayton
ON MOTCOMB Carolina Herrera Christian Siriano Elie Saab Erdem Giambattista Valli Couture Giles Jason Wu Katie Ermilio Kaufmanfranco Lorena Sarbu Marchesa Marios Schwab Maticevski Monique Lhuillier Naeem Khan Rosie Assouline Zac Posen
ON Motcomb 11/12 Motcomb Street London SW1X 8LB Tel: +44 207 495 6231 www.on-motcomb.com Instagram @onmotcomb Twitter
On the rail the selection includes Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Zac Posen, Jason Wu. The dress on the mannequin is Zac Posen Photographer Matt Clayton
ON Motcomb 11/12 Motcomb Street London SW1X 8LB Tel: +44 207 495 6231 www.on-motcomb.com Instagram @onmotcomb Twitter
Resort is the teaser and taunter
fashion season. It serves to remind us that our love of Autumn and Winter dressing is short lived. While at the same time, it teases us with an advance peek at the sleek and carefree looks of Spring. The 2014 Resort collections had a few things in common...very feminine dresses, jumpsuits, city shorts, great fitting trousers, colorful accessories and chunky jewelry. Lots of color. We celebrate this teaser season with three standout collections. Lanvin, Zuhair Murad and Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
Left: Zuhair Murad
LANVIN www.lanvin.com 24
KAYROUZ www.maisonrabihkayrouz.com 32
ZUHAIR MURAD www.zuhairmurad.com 40
the any season accessory “A lady never leaves home without gloves.” Words spoken by most grandmothers and mothers from certain eras. Gloves used to be the mark of a well-bred woman. Today, gloves are the sign of a very stylish and confident woman...enter Olivia Pope from Scandal. Ladylike dressing is a trend that never grows old. It’s that style of dressing that always seems to reinvent itself for the modern woman. This time when it came in, the standout accessory was gloves. No longer merely a necessity for cold weather, gloves are now the chic fashion must have. To showcase this trend we have a few pairs from Gaspar Gloves. Gaspar Gloves have been providing gloves for the entertainment industry as well as the chic elite for decades. Each pair is created by hand and made from supple leathers with the trims ranging from fur to buttons to the more decadent zippers and ties. Whatever your mood, Gaspar has a pair of gloves for all of your personalities.
GASPER GLOVES Tel: 323-441-1986 www.gaspargloves.com
image courtesy of Ellis Faas
...the holiday wardrobe essential Red lips are the one accessory that work with every holiday look. The red lip is every woman’s makeup secret. It’s powerful, draws attention, hypnotizes and energizes. It can go from casual to formal in a couple of strokes. The right red lip color can change your whole attitude. Let’s clarify...there is no one set red lipstick. There’s your favorite red lip color and then there’s your favorite orangy red, blue red and burgundy red. And then there’s your matte and shiny. What’s the best way to apply red lip color? By brush or straight from the bullet. My personal favorite is from the bullet, like my mom and grandma. Leaving the brush application for the end of the tube. Then there are those who blot after the first layer and apply another layer with a brush. It’s up to you. For something a little more playful, try a gloss or liquid lipstick or even a glaze. We suggest building your red lip wardrobe just like your LBD collection...one for all occasions and moods.
Ellis Faas Creamy Lips Ellis Red “Blood Red”
This page, left to right: Ellis Faas Milky Lips Ellis Red “Blood Red,” RMS Beauty “Sacred” Lip Shine, NARS “Jungle Red,” Jouer Lipstick “Lana Red,” Michael Kors Sexy Lip Luster “Siren” and Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope “Private Party.” Opposite page, top Ilia “Wild Child,” Stila Vinyl lip gloss “Scarlet,” NARS “Heatwave.” Left to right: Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil “Thriller,” Lipstick Queen The Metals “Metal Red,” Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Beso,” Jouer Lipstick “Ava Red” and RMS Beauty “Beloved” Lip 2 Cheek.
Michael Elliot Founder/Owner of Hammer and Nails
HAMMER AND NAILS
We love men, however the nail salon isn’t where we want to see them. The same goes for them. There isn’t a man alive who really wants to be in a female nail salon. As women, we have a tendancy to use this relaxation ritual, as a time to catch up with friends, meet new ones and be nosey. Guys are not like that. If it’s a relaxing activity, that’s what they do...relax. HAMMER AND NAILS, located on Melrose, is the first men only, nail salon in Los Angeles. Not to be mistaken for it’s female counterpart, this salon shows no signs of female customers. The decor screams “Men Only.” There’s no unsightly nail polish board or rack. Instead there are large flat screen televisions complete with premium sports channels and complimentary beverages. This place is so cool. Each station is an oversized distressed leather club chair with nail head trim, a remote control and headphones. The walls are covered in a warm grey paint and there are antique signs, framed hammers, old car parts and a leather punching bag. Guy stuff. Hammer and Nails is the brain child of Michael Elliot. “When I first visited a traditional nail salon to treat my callused hands and feet, I felt completely like a fish out of water in a predominantly female environment,” says Elliot. “I immediately saw a need for a nail shop that caters to businessmen, athletes, mechanics and men who take proper care of their appearance and hygiene. We’ve created a first-ofits-kind environment that is welcoming to all men by catering to their specific needs in a super-cool environment.” HAMMER & NAILS offer custom MANicures and pedicures, as well as their signature “Repair” MANicures and pedicures for those who need a little extra hygienic attention. These treatments include nail trimming and shaping, moisturizing, callus removal, paraffin treatment and massages all designed with a man’s needs in mind. Prices range from $25 to a total package of salon treatments for $80.
Hammer and Nails 8257 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.302.5435 www.hammerandnails-salon.com
â€œMen have very different grooming needs than women and should be treated accordingly,â€? says Elliot.
MICHAEL’S QUESTIONNAIRE Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Croissant or bagel?
Steak and potatoes or Fish and veggies? Steak and potatoes
I can’t live without...
Soft cashmere sweaters, classic Adidas tennis shoes and fresh-out-of-the-bag white tees.
A little cologne – BLEU de Chanel or Gendarme – and I’m done.
What’s your “uniform” [suit and tie, jeans and a sweater or trousers and a sports coat]? Jeans and a sweater.
Who are your favorite designers? Tom Ford, John Varvatos and Ralph Lauren
iPhone, Blackberry or Galaxy? iPhone5
Your ideal date would be...
iPad or... iPad
Best perk of owning a salon?
Do you think a woman really pays attention to how a man grooms his hands and feet?
Yes. Women care about the way their men look and, even though it isn’t talked about as much, men certainly care about their appearance and hygiene as well. There’s a huge untapped market of men around the nation looking for a salon and products to help them take better care of themselves, and we’re providing the solution.
Dinner with some great conversation and a movie. Free manicures.
CLIVE DAVIS: The Soundtrack of My Life
You relax by...
watching my massive flat-screen TV on my sofa, snacking on chilled seedless green grapes with a mug of ice-cold Root Beer.
Are men as obsessed with grooming products as women?
Buffed or clear polish?
I ask everyone this question, what shade of pink best describes you and why?
No, but mens’ interest in grooming products is definitely surging. Buffed, but not shiny.
What’s your basic grooming regimen? I begin with washing my face with Neutrogena Men’s Face Wash and some Neutrogena Men’s Face Scrub. I then shave my face and trim my mustache and goatee, which I do every day. I also shave my head, which I do every other day.
I envision HAMMER & NAILS salons around the country. I’d like to open up a few shops next year. We will also begin developing and selling luxury HAMMER & NAILS men’s products in the near future.
Coral. I think it’s the warmest of the shades of pink and I like to think warmth is something I exude.
gift guide Making a list and checking it twice just got a little easier with these amazing gift ideas. We’ve got great ideas to help you tackle everyone on your list.
FORNASETTI Trumeau-Bar “Architettura” bianco e nero. fornasetti.com
LANVIN “Trilogy” Bag lanvin.com
JACQUES LEVINE “Inslee” Slippers, jacqueslevine.com ` D. PORTHAULT “Alisee-feuillage” Collection, dporthault.fr
From the boyfriend
LIAM FAHY “Charlotte”black satin pump
For little sister
Glamour Girl Bling Collection. “My Bling Roll” leather and heirloom fur jewelry roll
The favorite aunt MICHAEL KORS BEAUTY Left to right: “Sexy” Eau de Parfum, Liquitan Self Tanner, Body Creme, Bronze powder brush, “Sexy” bronze powder. Top, “Glam” nail lacquer, bottom, “Sexy” nail lacquer. “Sporty” lip lacquer and “Sexy” lip lacquer. michaelkors.com
The chic sister
by Tish Jett, Rizzoliusa.com TOSCANNIA “Struzzo Duo” tote in green, Toscannia.com MONA DI ORIO, ` “Les Nombres d’Or Violette Fumee,” monadiorio.com.
The best friend
Glamour Girl Bling Collection. “Les Cosmetics” leather and heirloom fur cosmetics bag.
The make-Up Guru
CLAUDIO RIAZ This Lovely Set Includes: Powder; Foundation (Patent No. D571559); Face Contour; Instant Arch; Instant Smoke (Patent No. D572010); Instant Lid; Instant Shadows; Primer; Instant Contour; Conceal (Patent No. D571559); Instant Brow (Patent No. D625522); Instant Liner; Powder Liner claudioriaz.com
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RODIN OLIO LUSSO Limited Edition Holiday Travel Kit Includes deluxe sample size bottles of face, hair and body oil -- a complimentary sample packet of CREMA and sample of RODIN perfume.
BOWERS & WILKINS Zeppelin Air is the complete speaker dock, making your music sound richer and more lifelike than you’ve ever heard it before. And with a Lightning™ connector for compatibility with the latest generation of iPhones and iPods, and Apple’s AirPlay® wireless streaming technology built in, you can play it however and wherever you like.
FORNASETTI “Profili di donna” Paper Basket, (woman’s profiles). Metal and brass. Printed, lacquered and painted by hand fornasetti.com
â€œLimousine Briefcaseâ€? Briefcase with concave base, inspired by the Limousine trunk, in vegetal leather, with patented Moynat lock. moynat.com
TOM FORD FOR MEN Top left to right: Purifying Mud Mask, Hydrating Lip Balm, Skin Revitalizing Concentrate, Purifying Face Cleanser, Oil-free Daily Moisturizer, Concealer, Bronzing Gel and Anti-fatigue Eye Treatment. tomford.com
The cool uncle
THE BIO FLAME “TORCH” Free standing bio ethanol buring fireplace. thebioflame.com
The DISQ Pro set is a mobile fitness device consisting of a belt and ankle straps. The DISQ is the solution for training anywhere, anytime. The lightweight belt goes where you go to provide adjustable, constant resistance to functional movements and exercises. A purchase of the DISQ Pro set includes two free workouts, available in streaming or downloadable formats. thedisq.com
The little brother
BOWERS & WILKINS Premier 7 Wireless Headphones
These over-ear headphones represent a giant leap forward in sound quality. They provide a truly immersive sound, combined with luxurious comfort and impeccable build quality. P7â€™s cable comes with a remote/microphone attachment, so it works seamlessly with your iPhone. And because the cable is so easy to detach and swap, P7 is also compatible with all other mobile phones and MP3 players. bowers-wilkins.com
STILA Artistâ€™s Signature Set
This Artistâ€™s Signature Set has it all - 15 Lip Glazes, 8 Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liners, 3 deluxe Smudge Crayons, 12 eye shadows, 4 cheek colors and 3 artistry brushes. This set also includes a look book with tips and tricks from Pro Artist Sarah Lucero. stilacosmetics.com
GEOFFREY PARKER Travel Backgammon & Chess compendium
This is a travelling compendium for the serious player! Not required to be lightweight or small in size, this is aimed purely at the avid player who wants to take his precious boards away with him. One attachĂŠ case within another allows one to take both away together or each separately. geoffreyparker.com
The wine connoisseur DOMAINE CARNEROS
365 Days of Bubbles with Domaine Carneros—From your week night survival wine to a bottle worthy of the ultimate life celebration, for the first time, Domaine Carneros is offering bubble lovers the opportunity to have a stocked cellar 365 days a year. domainecarneros.com
Wines: School night wine—222 bottles of the 2009 Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvee ($27 per bottle)—the key to surviving the week day grind (plus a few extra bottles for those days where one bottle just isn’t enough. Party wine—24 3L bottles of the 2007 Domaine Carneros Vintage Brut Sparkling Jeroboam ($140 per bottle)—gone are the days of showing up to your routine get togethers empty-handed Celebration wine—24 bottles of the 2007 Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs ($100 per bottle)—the ultimate wine to celebrate life’s most memorable moments Vacation wine—19 bottles of the Domaine Carneros Brut Rose ($36 per bottle)—the perfect wine to sip and soak up the sun on your two week summer vacation—10 days, plus five extra bottles for your yearly ‘sick days’! Friday night—52 bottles of the 2006 Late Disgorged Brut Cuvee ($48 per bottle)—say TGIF, and welcome the weekend with one of California’s top sparkling wines “Sweet tooth” wine—24 bottles of the 2008 Verméil Demi Sec ($36 per bottle)—from cheese to birthday cake, the Verméil Demi Sec is the perfect complement to all things sweet
Opposite Page, left to right: Essie Holiday Gift Set, Jouer “Puttin’ On The Glitz” Trio of mini lip glosses, NARS Guy Bourdin Collection “Beautiful Stranger” Nail Set, Michelle Phan “Holiday Life: New Year’s Countdown Edition” palette, S Poncet: Pleasant Promenade and Stila “Color Me Pretty” Lip & Cheek Palette. This page, top left to right: NARS Guy Bourdin Collection “Voyeur” pouch, Ramon Monegal: Ambra di Luna, Rococo Nail Apparel “Love and Protection” Duo and Cowshed Mixed Travel Candles.
GUY A D G E T KEVIN HYPOLITE
We guys love toys whether they are on four wheels and use gas or are hand held and run on batteries. It doesn’t matter. We’re not picky. Asking us to narrow our selection down to a few, now that’s tricky. Of course it would be nice to see a new sports car or truck in my driveway, but one or all of these will do just fine.
BOSE AE2W Bluetooth Headphones
Wireless with a range of 30 feet. Comfortable, stylish, quality sound with a 7 hour battery and 200 hours of stand-by time. Compatible with an iPhone with Siri and can switch from music to voice calls. bose.com
iPAD AIR The iPad Air is the latest pad in the iPad line from Apple. The iPad Air is innovative, and exemplifies technical beauty. It's thin and extremely light. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display. It uses a touchrejection algorithm, which recognizes if your thumb is simply resting on the display, as opposed to intentionally interacting with the screen.
iPHONE IOS7 (Siri) The Siri that comes with iOS7 has many extra features. First, you can choose between a male or female voice. If you enjoyed Siri in the past, you will enjoy her even more. Equipped with more precise features. Now you can ask Siri what planes are flying over your head, and she will tell you! She is also able to read your last email, give you stats on your favorite teams, and inform you of the start time before a game.
Puppy Love Gifts for your best furry friend
A New Bed
MUNGO & MAUD Puppy wears 100% cashmere cable pullover in Rose, Igloo bed in Natural and Puffacake dog toy. All available at mungoandmaud.com
A New Wardrobe
WARE OF THE DOG Top left to right: Merino jacquard sweater, Cashmere colorblock sweater in orange, Dogtooth sweater in grey/hot pink and Bobble sweater in pink. Opposite page: Vinyl raincoat in safety orange.
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DOCA PET “Square Meal” food and water bowls. Available in three heights.
Books have always been a favorite to give and receive during the holidays. We have selected four leather bound limited editions from Graphic Image that will be well received this holiday season.
SCRABBLE DICTIONARY The book that millions of SCRABBLE 速 players consider the only necessary resource. Ideal for recreational and school use. More than 100,000 playable two- to eight-letter words including 4,000 new entries. Includes variant spellings. Endorsed by the National SCRABBLE 速 Association. Available at graphicimage.com
50 CARS TO DRIVE Author Dennis Adler gathered an all-star panel of car enthusiasts-including Jay Leno-to select the 50 most memorable cars in the world. This 242-page book is bound in silver Italian chrome-foil-finish material. Available at graphicimage.com
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COCO CHANEL Coco Chanel brought us the little black dress, the timeless Chanel suit and classic Chanel No. 5 perfume. This charming book explores the philosophy of this fascinating woman on topics ranging from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms. Available at graphicimage.com
VOGUE COVERS Over 200 stunning images have been selected from an archive of more than 1,500. What sets Vogue covers apart is that each is so bold, so beautiful, and so emphatically different. They mark the course of history, chart changing fashions and ideas of beauty, and hold up a mirror to the cultural and social revolutions of the 20th century. Brilliant, captivating, and full of life, this is the face of the worldâ€™s most influential magazine and the original style bible. Available at graphicimage.com
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Celebrating with Sparkling Wines from Napa It’s the season of celebrating and you want to serve something different this year for your holiday party. Try a Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley. Napa Valley is fondly referred to as California Wine Country. It’s home to some amazing vineyards that produce outstanding sparkling wines. First let’s find out what sparkling wine isn’t. It’s not champagne. In order for sparkling wine to be called champagne, it has to have been produced or made in the Champagne Region of France. However, most wine making regions have their own version of this process, as well as their own moniker. In other parts of France, outside of Champagne, it’s call Vins Mousseux. In Italy, is called Prosecco or Spumante. In Germany, it’s Sekt and the Spanish refer to theirs as Cava. Simply put, Champagne comes from the Champagne Region of France and Sparkling Wine comes from somewhere else. The process is basically the same, but it’s the location that changes the moniker. So how do you select the right Sparkling Wine for your party? It’s all up to you. Let us offer a few suggestions. An intimate dinner for two, try Domaine Chandon Sparkling Red. The beautiful red color conjours up romantic notions for the evening. If you’ve been tasked with hosting the book club’s holiday party, stock up on Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs. Then impress them with the details of this wine. Your best friend’s tree trimming party, said bring a pink ornament. Instead bring Domaine Carneros Brut Rose` with a pink bow. Dinner with the family requires a plenty of Mumm Napa Brut Prestige to pair with mom’s turkey. If you’ve always served sparkiling apple cider and really want something different, then stock up on Fre Brut. Your guests will be impressed when you serve Mimosas made with Fre Alcohol Free Brut this year at brunch instead of your regular sparkling apple cider. It’s your party...fill it with lots of tiny bubbles.
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Sparkling Wine is very good before a meal, Dishes that have inherent toasty character, just like but it also pairs well with several foods. Here the sparkling wine itself. are a few serving tips from MUMM NAPA. Bubbly Works Well With:
Counterbalancing salt, moderate heat, richness/ cream, "fat" (grease, butter, deep fry oil.)
Fruit forward/New World styles work well with dishes that imply sweetness or have lightly sweet condiments or treatments Nuts (without husks/skins)
Can supplant the need for highlighting acid (citrus) Cured olives. with fish, shellfish, sushi, sashimi. Traditionally difficult foods to match, like eggs, Wonderful stage/platform to show off certain dishes soups, etc. (cooked shellfish, abalone, raw oysters, some caviar.) Other intriguing foods like polenta, pesto, hummus Provides a rare opportunity to match foods that and baba ghanoush and Middle Eastern food in are tart (citrus, vinegars, tart fruit, pomegranate, general. kumquat) as well as dill, capers, tomatoes, leeks. As a match with many Asian cuisines (Japanese: sushi, tempura, gyoza; Chinese: many deep-fried dishes, seafood dishes, some poultry; Thai: Thai crepes, fish cakes, some coconut milk based curries; Indian: samosas, papadams..etc).
Bubbly doesn't work well with:
Extremes. Dishes that are too rich squash its subtlety. Dishes that are too spicy eviscerate the wine. Dishes that are too flavorful lose the nuances of the wine.
Overall, it’s best with the fruit driven new world Dishes that are sweet (unless paired with sweeter styles like Extra Dry or Demi Sec) styles. Cheese. Especially hard cheeses like Parmesan, really Chocolate. rich cheeses like triple crême St. Andre and salty It may taste metallic with some fishy fish, some cheeses. stronger flavors and bitter vegetables. Fruit based desserts that aren't too sweet.
Rich red meats. Some chefs pair Rosé with these Dishes with texture, such as baked phyllo, deep-fried foods, but it is not always complementary. southern fried chicken, tempura, Italian fritto misto Game. It’s just too much. etc.
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Domaine Carneros Brut Rose This lovely and serious wine exhibits luscious aromas of blackberry, raspberry with notes of apricot, tangerine and rose petals layered on top. A wine of more weight than normally found in a RosĂŠ, it will grace an entire meal with aplomb. Definitely worth aging if you are willing to wait.
Domaine Chandon Sparkling Red Unlike most sparkling wines, this cuvĂŠe begins with Pinot Noir and Zinfandel still wines that have been fermented on the skins, providing the flavor and body of a still wine. It then undergoes second fermentation in the bottle, so it possesses the refreshing characters of a sparkling wine. Chandon Sparkling Red excites the palate with rich and concentrated flavors of plum, black cherry, sweet cranberry with hints of Bergamot and spice. The structure of this wine helps it pair perfectly with more foods than traditional sparklers, bolder meats for instance.
A steady bead of pinpoint bubbles introduces a wonderfully fresh, fragrant aroma of green apples and ripe pears with hints of berry and peach. The crisp, fruity flavors, suggesting apple and strawberry, display an admirable balance of refreshing acidity and residual sweetness. The finish is pleasingly refreshing and dry, inviting a second delicious glass. Fre Sparkling Brut is not only a perfect toasting and celebration beverage, it also beautifully compliments food, particularly appetizers, fish and poultry dishes, spicy Asian cuisines, and light desserts.
Mumm Napa Prestige Brut
Brut Prestige displays a fine, persistent bead (the flow of bubbles from the bottom to the top of the glass) and bright citrus, red apple, stonefruit and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant citrus, apple and melon flavors are balanced by fresh acidity and a rich, lingering finish. This elegant, beautifully structured sparkling wine makes an ideal aperitif and a delightful match for seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes.
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs
The 2007 Blanc de Noirs has lively aromas of guava and fresh peach that lead the way to subtle aromas reminiscent of a briar berry patch. The fruitful nose is complemented by warm almond and salted toffee. The palate is generous and bursting with flavors of Rainier cherry and fresh watermelon, followed by baked orange and fresh sourdough bread. The finish is long and lingering with a snappy acidity.
STEP ONE: After your wine is chilled, be sure to wipe it clean of any moisture so it doesn’t drip on your table or, moreover, your guests. (Don’t try to open a bottle that is not properly chilled.) STEP TWO: Place your thumb over the cork and leave it there through the opening. Slant bottle at a 45 degree angle and point it away from yourself and others before loosening the wire hood. Keep your thumb pressure on the cork as it may start to move as soon as the wire is loosened. STEP THREE: With one hand, hold the cork firmly between the palm and forefinger. We recommend covering the cork with your thumb or a towel. With the other hand, twist the bottle slowly in one direction until pressure pushes the cork out. This should process a slight ‘hiss’ rather than a loud ‘pop’. (Never use a corkscrew to open sparkling wine.) STEP FOUR: After the cork is removed, let the bottle remain at 45 degree angle for a few seconds, to prevent overflow. STEP FIVE: It is correct to pour sparkling wine in either one or two pours. If you choose two pours, pour one glass at a time, allowing the mousse to subside. In flute glasses, leave at least an inch from the top.
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How To Open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine
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Did you know... there are several premium non-alcoholic sparkling wines on the market? Fre Brut [California] Ariel Brut Cuvee [California] Weibel Chateau De Fleur [California] Schloss Wachenheim, Light Live Rosé [German]
Robertson Winery Sparkling Doux [South Africa]
What is Fre Brut Alcohol Free Sparkling Wine? Fre Brut is the first alcohol-removed sparkling wine produced by a major American winery. Remarkably similar in style and quality to a traditional sparkling wine, Fre Brut is the perfect, sophisticated adult alternative beverage for celebrations and other special events. It’s a blend of Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir and dealcoholized using the innovative spinning cone process, this bright, refreshing sparkler is ideal for any occasion requiring good cheer. It can be paired and mixed just like regular sparkling wine. It’s also compliments the main course as well as the dessert. It dresses up the meal or event. It has a modest price point and is a superb alternative to traditional sparkling fruit ciders.
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