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VHS XXV- Tape Fear

Friday, October 6 at 8:00 PM
@North Bar, 1637 West North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622

VHS is a live comedy show where Chicago’s best standups make fun of the weirdest videotapes we can find. Everything from awkward infomercials to terrifying workouts escape the dumpster and get another chance to confuse and delight!

This month Tom Wisdom and Ian Erickson host these non-evil clowns:

– Sammy Arechar (Laugh Factory)
– Elizabeth Teets (visiting from Portland!)
– Tim McLaughlin (Laugh Factory)
– Brittany Meyer (Strip Joker)

Friday October 6th @North Bar (1637 W North Ave)
7PM doors / 8PM start
$5 at the door

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/116939252321319/

Summer Benefit – Evelyn Alexander

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Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 8 pm
The Channing Family Sculpture Garden, 639 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, NY

10th Annual Summer Benefit

Hosted by Molly Channing of Channing Daughters Vineyard

Live Music, Wine, Light Fare

Meet their live animals

Honoring: Ingrid Arneburg and Will Marin

Honorary co-chairs: Frances Cole Jones and Cornelia Guest

for more info visit http://501auctions.com/getwild

 

Mercer Estates Winery

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a real family handcrafting wines from our land to your table

Mercer Estates Winery is the 2016 Washington Winery of the Year per Wine Press Northwest.

They planted the first wine grapes in the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills AVA. There’s no one that understands this land (and what it can do) better than Mercer Estates.

Creating harmony in the ecosystem of our farm, and producing wines that demonstrate the unique terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills is the highest form of art that they can accomplish.

Consider for example the wines pictured at top:

MERCER ESTATES MALBEC, 2014, Horse Heaven Hills   862 cases produced, available on national scale, $19.99 Retail, Blend:  88% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

MERCER ESTATES “SHARP SISTERS” RED BLEND, 2013, Horse Heaven Hills  2,725 cases produced, available on national scale, $19.99 Retail, Blend:  47% Merlot, 41% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Sangiovese and 1% Petit Verdot

For more info visit http://mercerwine.com/

 

 

Wine On Wheels

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Saturday, April 16th
City Winery NYC 155 Varick Street

Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting and Silent Auction featuring over 200 wines served by over 60 of New York City’s most esteemed sommeliers.

All-Inclusive Experience ticket includes all-day access to Wine on Wheels: A seat at the one-hour Discovery of Terroir Seminar hosted by Daniel Johnnes, the Meet & Greet Sommelier hour with premium wine tasting, every fast track Seminar, the silent auction and the Grand Tasting.
Admission $325
11am – 4pm

Meet & Greet Pass is a unique opportunity to get early access to the sommeliers in an intimate setting and to sample premium reserve wines for an hour. This ticket also Includes admission to every fast track Seminar, silent auction and the Grand Tasting.
Admission $150
12pm – 4pm

Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting is a chance to bid in our silent auction and taste over 200 wines from over 30 different wine regions poured by over 60 of New York City’s Top Sommelier community and access to every fast track seminar.
Admission In Advance: $95 At Event: $125
1pm – 4pm

Wine on Wheels also is proud to announce the return of our popular Fast Track Seminars. During our Grand Tasting and Silent Auction, top professionals will offer four 20-minute seminars covering exciting wine regions and major topics in the field.

See more at http://www.wineonwheels.org/

 

Trevor Night Out

A Night Out for Trevor Invite

Friday, April15  at 6 pm
Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th Street, NYC

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Spring Fling 2016 event will include music, dancing, food, wine, and spirits, and feature an exclusive performance by Grammy Award Winner and 2016 Trevor Ally Award Recipient Rob Thomas.

For more information visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

 

CapaBubbles

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Grab the Bubbly. . .Enjoy it New Year’s Eve or the Entire Week

The new year is full of sparkle and it’s a great time to crack open that bottle of bubbly.  Champagne is a great accompaniment to cocktails, adding just a touch of refreshment.  Plus, mimosas are a great way to toast the weekend on the beach, at the lake or on vacation.

The problem is, once you open a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine, you usually have to drink it right away.  And, while this might not seem like an issue with the first bottle, the second bottle is usually in danger of spoiling.  Keeping those bubbles popping can be tough.

Until now. . . .this great bubble-lasting, champagne popping and sparkling wine must-have is created by two wine veterans.

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This is the New Year’s hosts’ must-have.

It allows you to open that bottle of bubbly tonight AND enjoy it tomorrow or the next day . . .up to a week!

The product is appropriately named, CapaBubbles.

Yup – keep on celebrating through the summer all weekend – or week – long!

CapaBubbles retails for just $15.95.

Definitely a good investment for the champagne lover.

For more information visit http://www.capabunga.com/capabubbles/

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Dark Horse 2014 Pinot Noir

At Dark Horse Wine, we wholeheartedly believe that fortune favors the bold.

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Winemaker Beth Liston marshals the best agricultural and winemaking resources from around the globe to deliver the unexpected: a bold wine that outperforms its price.

Our Pinot Noir is fruit forward with flavors of fresh red cherry and strawberry that are complemented by hints of rose and lavender. The light notes of molasses help lift the fruit and floral character. This Pinot Noir offers a balanced palate with a velvety mouthfeel and a subtle sweetness.

The grapes for this wine were selected from premier California vineyards by our Winemaker Beth Liston. Throughout the 2014 growing season, Beth visited these vineyards daily to determine which blocks would make it to the final blend. In 2014, Beth noted it was a dry and warm year, making canopy management key to allow just the right amount of sunlight on the berries, resulting in an ideal balance of flavor and acidity in the glass.

The grapes for our Pinot Noir were harvested at optimum ripeness, leading to an early extraction of rich color and velvety tannins during fermentation. Beth fermented this wine at warmer temperatures up to 92°F for more intense flavors and fruit-driven aromatics. After fermentation, all lots underwent malolactic fermentation and were aged on oak to add complexity and balance.

See more at http://www.darkhorsewine.com/

 

Review: Coffee Wine

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I got a sample of Coffee Wine, so now I’m reporting what I thought.

Click here to see info about Coffee Wine

Friends Beverage Group (aka/The Fun Wine Company) of Miami, FL, has launched the World’s First Coffee Wines ™ — Cabernet Espresso ™ and Chardonnay Cappuccino ™ — in New York under the FRIENDS FUN WINE ® brand. Imported from the EU, FUN WINE ™ is a friendly tasting recreational drink that makes wine fun for the general population with refreshing flavors. The New Lifestyle Drink ™ comes with half the alcohol of wine and has no preservatives, gluten or caffeine. It is very affordable, so everyone can enjoy it. Joe Peleg, CEO, explained, “We believe in ‘Responsible Fun’ and ask consumers to ‘Reduce the alcohol…and Increase the Fun!” Lower alcohol translates to lower calories as well.

COFFEE WINE ™ is an everyday beverage for:

  • Women
  • Millennials, age 21-35
  • New, occasional and casual wine drinkers
  • Consumers who seek alternatives to wine and beer
  • Consumers who prefer lower alcohol

Benefits include:

  • Multiple flavors – Coffee, Strawberry/Peach Moscato, Red/White Sangria
  • Affordability-$1.99 -$2.29/can (~ $1.00/serving)
  • Lower alcohol than wine
  • Lower calories than wine or beer (75-94 calories/serving)
  • Attractive, portable, lightweight, unbreakable, tamper-proof, quick chilling, recyclable cans
  • 33% more wine than 187.5 ml wine bottles

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES FUN WINE ™ FROM TRADITIONAL WINE?

FUN WINE™ is a new beverage category of recreational wine drinks for the general population. It is defined not by vintage, heritage or other highbrow hallmarks of wine, and is not for wine aficionados.

You do not sniff it. You do not swirl it in a glass. You do not tout its origin. You do not pour it into red or white wine glasses. FUN WINE ™ does not compete with wine, but is an everyday fun and affordable recreational drink for the masses – and The Alternative to Beer. ™

Check out this video about Breakfast in Bed!

The new beverage category is distributed in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk by Union Beer Distributors. Upstate distributors include Try-It Distributing — Niagara and Erie, and DeCrescente Distributing — Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren.

Retailers include CVS Health ®, 7-Eleven ®, Tops Markets ® and many convenience stores.

I had a nice selection of flavors so I waited till I finished all of them before writing the review. The one I liked best was the Peach Moscato.

My overall impression of these is that they are interesting. They aren’t as gross as I thought they might be, in fact I drank all of them… If I were looking for a quick alcohol buzz from a store that didn’t have hard liquor I might be tempted to buy these.

I’m still not convinced that coffee and wine really go together. But it was nice to have a can of something that wasn’t beer, since I hate beer.

These are definitely worth checking out if you, too, are looking for an alternative to take to the beer bashes. Have fun!

Coffee Wine

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Friends Beverage Group (aka/The Fun Wine Company) of Miami, FL, has launched the World’s First Coffee Wines ™ — Cabernet Espresso ™ and Chardonnay Cappuccino ™ — in New York under the FRIENDS FUN WINE ® brand. Imported from the EU, FUN WINE ™ is a friendly tasting recreational drink that makes wine fun for the general population with refreshing flavors. The New Lifestyle Drink ™ comes with half the alcohol of wine and has no preservatives, gluten or caffeine. It is very affordable, so everyone can enjoy it. Joe Peleg, CEO, explained, “We believe in ‘Responsible Fun’ and ask consumers to ‘Reduce the alcohol…and Increase the Fun!” Lower alcohol translates to lower calories as well.

COFFEE WINE ™ is an everyday beverage for:

  • Women
  • Millennials, age 21-35
  • New, occasional and casual wine drinkers
  • Consumers who seek alternatives to wine and beer
  • Consumers who prefer lower alcohol

Benefits include:

  • Multiple flavors – Coffee, Strawberry/Peach Moscato, Red/White Sangria
  • Affordability-$1.99 -$2.29/can (~ $1.00/serving)
  • Lower alcohol than wine
  • Lower calories than wine or beer (75-94 calories/serving)
  • Attractive, portable, lightweight, unbreakable, tamper-proof, quick chilling, recyclable cans
  • 33% more wine than 187.5 ml wine bottles

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES FUN WINE ™ FROM TRADITIONAL WINE?

FUN WINE™ is a new beverage category of recreational wine drinks for the general population. It is defined not by vintage, heritage or other highbrow hallmarks of wine, and is not for wine aficionados.

You do not sniff it. You do not swirl it in a glass. You do not tout its origin. You do not pour it into red or white wine glasses. FUN WINE ™ does not compete with wine, but is an everyday fun and affordable recreational drink for the masses – and The Alternative to Beer. ™

Check out this video about Breakfast in Bed!

The new beverage category is distributed in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk by Union Beer Distributors. Upstate distributors include Try-It Distributing — Niagara and Erie, and DeCrescente Distributing — Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren.

Retailers include CVS Health ®, 7-Eleven ®, Tops Markets ® and many convenience stores.

Crispin Craftail Battle

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Join us in the hunt around Philly to find the best “Crispin Craftail”! The head mixologist of each location has hand-crafted a specialty drink just for you! With 11 participating venues, you get to taste Crispin in 11 different sweet combinations you never thought were possible.

The Best Part?

You’re the judge! Each recipe is unique in its own way, from “strawberry- apple pie” to “Crispy Mojito”, your taste buds will take a journey they have never experienced before! Not only will you be the first to taste these newly constructed recipes straight from the shaker, but at each event there will be special giveaways, Crispin Craftail samples, drink specials, and more!

Sample, sip, and decide who you think has the most creative concoction. Who knows you might just discover your new favorite drink of choice!

Click here to cast your vote!

About Crispin Cider

Classically refined, but not styled as a traditional “sweet beer” beer alternative, Crispin ciders are crisp and clean, not sweet and sticky and never sacrifice superior quality refreshment satisfaction for overbearing complexity.

Always true to the fruit, Crispin Hard Ciders are naturally fermented using fresh-pressed apple or pear juice, not from concentrate, from a premium blend of fruit from the west coast. Additionally, Crispin Ciders do not contain added malt, grape wine, or spirit alcohol. Crispin Ciders are all Gluten Free.


  • Urban Saloon – June 10th, 8:30-10:30pm
  • “Crispy Mojito”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Flavored Rum
  • Freshed squeezed Lime
  • Mint
  • Simple Syrup

  • Tavern on Broad – June 17th, 6-8pm
  • “Crispin Cooler”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Peach Snapps
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Splash of Sprite
  • served over ice

  • Misconduct Tavern– June 15th, 5-7pm
  • “Crispn’ Apple Blossom”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Barrel Aged Gin
  • St-Germain
  • Fresh lemon juice

  • Kings Oak – June 12th 9-11pm
  • “Apple Cinnamon”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Shot of Fireball

  • London Grill – June 19th, 6-8pm
  • “Strawberry-Apple Pie”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Tuaca
  • House Strawberry Shrub
  • Served over ice

  • Mad River – June 11th 9-11pm
  • “Crispin Lemonade”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Shot of Citrus Vodka
  • Splash of Lemonade
  • Splash of Sprite
  • Garnish with lime wedge

  • JD McGillicuddy’s Manayunk – June 24th 7-9pm
  • “Cuddy’s Cider Spice”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Spiced Rum
  • Splash of Ginger Ale

  • Bourbon Blue – June 19th – 9-11pm
  • “Cherry Cider-ita”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Cherry pie-hole
  • Triple Sec
  • Cinnamon & Sugar rim
  • Apple slice garnish

  • Coda – June 19th, 11:30pm-1:30am
  • “Divide & Conquer”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Yards IPA

  • Kildare’s Manayunk – July 29th 8:00 – 10:00pm
  • “Bord Stiff”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Muddled Raspberries
  • Chambord Float
  • Served in Long Pilsner

  • The Bayou – June 26th, 9-11pm
  • “Crispirita”
  • Crispin Cider
  • Tequila
  • Triple Sec
  • Lime Juice

Cheftopia

Citymeals on Wheels, Cheftopia 2015 : Chef Alfred Portale; Chef Alice Waters; Chef Jimmy Schmidt; Event Honoree Chef Jonathan Waxman; Chef Stephan Pyles; Iron Chef Marc Forgione; Citymeals Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene; Event Honoree Chef Larry Forgione; Citymeals Board Member and Grand Host of the event Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group  (Eric Vitale Photography - Media Release photos)

Citymeals on Wheels, Cheftopia 2015:
Chef Alfred Portale; Chef Alice Waters; Chef Jimmy Schmidt; Event Honoree Chef Jonathan Waxman; Chef Stephan Pyles; Iron Chef Marc Forgione; Citymeals Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene; Event Honoree Chef Larry Forgione; Citymeals Board Member and Grand Host of the event Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group
(Eric Vitale Photography – Media Release photos)

Nearly fifty legendary chefs gathered on Monday, June 8, 2015 for a remarkable milestone –

Cheftopia: The 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels

For this landmark anniversary, Citymeals honored the event’s founding chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman who, 30 years ago, conceptualized the inaugural Chefs’ Tribute event as a birthday celebration for chef and Citymeals Co-Founder James Beard. Tonight, chefs celebrated the past while looking to the future as they created dishes inspired by tomorrow’s food trends at tasting stations throughout the Rockefeller Center Plaza. The highly anticipated event raised more than $880,000 to support the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals, hand-delivered to homebound elderly New Yorkers.

Rockefeller Center was transformed into a culinary paradise by renowned architect and Citymeals Board Member David Rockwell. More than 1,200 business leaders, gourmet enthusiasts, food industry trendsetters, socialites, young professionals, chefs and restaurateurs were in attendance for live music, dancing and spectacular cuisine.

Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, was the evening’s Grand Host. The event was chaired by Ninah & Michael Lynne; Laura & John Pomerantz; Randi & Dennis Riese; and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch. With the help of beverage chair Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and wine chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group), the event also featured signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, explained, “When this event was conceived by Chefs Forgione and Waxman, I’m not sure anyone thought we would be standing here three decades later – having raised more than $19,480,000. This annual event is a tribute to James Beard as well as the lifeline he and Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene created for hundreds of thousands of homebound elderly throughout the city. But it’s also a testament to the culinary community and the chefs who have committed themselves to Citymeals over the years. Thank you to all of the chefs here tonight and all those who have cooked at this event in the past and made our most vulnerable neighbors a priority. Tonight, we celebrate you.”

Special guests in attendance included Greene; Alice Waters; Drew Nieporent; Aliyyah Baylor; Aaron & Stephanie Goldman; Alison Lohrfink Zimmel; Roxann & Roger Taylor; Randy & Jay Fishman; Sara Gore; John Harper; Sandy & Cori Goldfarb; and Marcia & Myron Stein.

 

39th Annual Virginia Wine Festival

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SEPTEMBER 12 & 13, 2015
Great Meadow Foundation, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA

The Virginia Wine Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities.

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vawineVisit the free Seminar Tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to the gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tent. Shorten your wait and enhance your experience with a ticket into the You Be the Judge Tasting Tent. Descriptions and purchase links on the ticketing page.

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