THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: Bubbles, Large and Little

It doesn’t take much of an excuse for us to pop a bottle of bubbles around here- rain, shine,Tuesday, Friday, Birthday, tax day- all as good a reason as any, if you ask me. Frankly the delightful sound of a bottle uncorking on a dull, grey April day like this one is something I think will brighten all of our moods!  Just as all that glitters is not gold, all wine that sparkles is not Champagne, and as much as we do emphatically looooooove Champagne, we’re also champions of the lesser known beauties, and bubbles of all shapes and sizes totally float our boats. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for an uplifting tasting of a few of our sparkling selections from across Europe! Our effervescent friend Lena from IPO will be pouring two fizzy wines from Italy and two full on sparklers from Spain and France alongside bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District!

Aaaaand our spirited friends across the way at Duke’s will be pouring Whiskey tonight. Live it up, Greenpoint!

Cantine Elvio Tintero

At the heart of Cantine Elvio Tintero is a love story. In 1900, a Frenchman by the name of Pierre Tintero landed in Tuscany and found odd jobs on the estate of the widow Rosina Cortese where she was struggling to tend to everything on her own. Over the next few years, they fell in love, married, and began making wine together. They released their first vintage of Dolcetto just as the first World War hit, and years later their grandson discovered bottles stashed in the walls of the cellar where they were protected from ransacking troops. Pierre and Rosina’s sons carried on the family tradition, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that their grandson Elvio started experimenting with making frizzante wines. Today, Elvio’s son and his wife are the fourth generation of the Tintero family to make wine on the estate from their own sustainably grown grapes, and their delicious frizzante wines made from local varietals are some of their more delicious and popular!

Cantine Elvio Tintero Grangia, Piemonte

Dry, prickly white Grangia, is made from 50% Favorita, 25% Moscato, 20% Arneis, and 5% Chardonnay. Fresh pineapple, green pear, lime zest, and chalky minerality are a just a few things that jump out of the glass at you, and it’s practically impossible to limit yourself to just one glass. A favorite all-around aperitif, this refreshing libation also has a cult following with our ladies expecting babes and new moms in the ‘hood. It’s a tried and true winner with light seafood and warm afternoons. $14

 Cantine Elvio Tintero Rosato, Piemonte

Pink is the flavor! 40% Nebbiolo, 40% Barbera, 10% Dolcetto, 10% Cabernet Franc Tintero’s Rosato boasts ripe, wild, red berry fruit and a squeeze of sunny citrus as well as the same tiny bubbles in every glass as it’s counterpart, Grangia.  This is just about one of the happiest wines in the shop- inspiring, and jocular, crowd-pleasing and light-hearted. It’s clear we can’t wait for the weather to give us Spring, we have to find it for ourselves, and a bottle of this Rosato is an excellent start. $15

Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal, Savoie

The viticultural history of the French alpine village of Seyssel is several centuries old, and this beautiful Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling blended from aromatic native varietals Molette and Altesse is a nod to that.  With wildflowers, fresh honey, a cool breeze, and a yeasty, toastiness on the finish, Petit Royal is a unique addition to our carefully stocked shelves. I highly recommend this sparkling Savoie with salty snacks! $21

Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva Cava 2007

Some of Spain’s top sparklers come from the small family-run Cava producer Gramona in Penedes, and this is one of the best we’ve ever had. A blend of 50% Xarell-o, 40% Macabeu, and 10% Chardonnay from vines planted 25+ years ago. Aged for several four to five years on the lees, the Imperial Gran Reserva offers incredible elegance and richness, unmatched by any of it’s peers. A wine fit for royalty, or at least your next important celebration- like if the thermometer actually hits the promised 60’s this weekend. $34

itskillua-ttebayo asked:

Oh no its bad, Lyra I was in the car with my mom and we passed yellow and white flowers and I thought of you and she goes "Kate what are you grinning about?" And I had to make some lame statement about how much I love nature.

LMAO this is so cute - though you should’ve told her you met an impossibly charming and brilliant person online with such great taste and sparkling personality and you can’t help but think of them when you see nature and beauty.

First at the tasting was the Mionetto Prosecco, a crowd favorite. The theme of the tasting was wine from Italy, Napa/Sonoma, and Argentina at budget prices. This is a reliable prosecco that fits the bill at about $10/bottle (or $20 for this big ol’ magnum I brought) and comes across as dry and crisp, but with citrus and floral notes and aromas. This has long been a standby at cooking classes and tastings, alike, both as an aperitif and as a pairing with salty starters.

Dom Perignon once said,
“Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.”
He said this after he came up with his self-titled wine.
I can only imagine how the wine overcame his senses, his taste buds sparkling with life.
So now, I am looking at You and You are amazing.
You are the grapes which made the wine, the twinkling stars and everything in-between .
When I kiss you, our mouths pressed up against one another’s,
I can see what Perignon was talking about, because I am happy and I am giddyhappybursting with the bubbly running down my throat,
my senses clogged up with
—  – (wordsforthestars)

Color: ruby rose 

Nose: wild strawberry, rock 

Taste: Lil bit of sparkling sensation that carries nice bitterness. Then a very round sweetness reveals nice minerality. Nice layered structure. Fruit is not too ripe. Rather murky. 

Overall rating 8/10

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Attention lovers of dainty delicates and precious pavé pieces: Sophie Harper is the designer to have on your #wishlist radar.

For the modern woman with a taste for classic design, Sophie Harper’s made-to-layer delicates deliver timeless elegance with fun, feminine flair. The Sophie Harper girl adorns her office outfits with tasteful hints of sparkle…

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Glam Goth: Bling up your look

Most Goths suffer from an unusual but entirely understandable affliction: An allergy to glitter, rhinestones and other sparkly shit like that. After all, Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony aren’t really where your mind goes when you think of Goth, innit. However, I must admit that I am something of a sparklewhore (Also, that may become a forum name for me at some point in the future) and I am always looking for ways to add a bit of shiny tat to my daily Goth, within acceptable parameters.

My idea of Glam Goth is very put together and tailored, based on a black colour palate, and just adding the odd tasteful touch of sparkle or bling to finish off the look. Rebels Market agrees with me, and also further breaks down how to do Glam Goth with aplomb, accompanied by some really good images.

In terms of makeup, I finded me a good old YouTube tutorial that I personally approved of and that has good feedback from those that have tried it, here:

As well as this Tumblr blog of images, which is well worth a look, not least to find the photo that accompanies the caption “I look like a unicorn jizzed on my face.” J

Tips for adding a Glam Goth touch to your eyes

First of all a caution: Never trust glitter. It is the most unreliable of working mediums, and is like water in terms of the places it can get into, but with the staying power of superglue. Use with care, and store with equal care.

One of my favourite ways to add a glam touch is with a little black or dark blue makeup glitter for your eyes. Collection 2000 does a range of pots of glitter for your face, called “Dazzle Me,” and my current favourite is this one, called “Inky.”

Through trial and error, I have learned to harness the glitter beast by means of keeping one dedicated makeup brush for it, and storing this, along with the pot of glitter itself, in a Ziploc bag when not in use. I also use latex gloves when putting it on my face, along with tit tape… The reasons for this will shortly become clear.

Getting a look like the above involves precision, something that glitter is not great for. First of all, use your tit tape to tape around the parts that you want to use the glitter on, to give sharp, clear borders. Then, get a TINY bit of glitter on your brush, and dust it off onto a piece of tissue, so that only the tiniest bit remains on the brush. You can always put more glitter on, but good luck getting it off if you use too much…

Dust the glitter within the borders of your tape, check to see if you like it, and add more if needed. Never wipe at glitter, and never add water; you will only make things worse. Once you are happy with the amount of glitter you have used, carefully remove the tape and dispose of everything glittery somewhere far, far away from your other makeup.

This takes practice, trust me; And glitter is one of those substances that is apt to work amazingly well sometimes, and look shit at others for no earthly good reason, so if you’re planning a night out, get ready in plenty of time so that you can start again if needed.

Strong work, young Jedi.

anonymous asked:

Your blog is hella and I will forever continue to lurk being to scared to actually talk to you.

THANK YOU FRIEND and oh my gosh why would anyone be scared of me?? I find the taste of soda and sparkling water too strong. I’m sitting here eating Cheerios out of the box. I’m an entirely unintimidating person, don’t be afraid to talk to me.