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Review: Coffee Wine

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

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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.

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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2015 Summer Benefit Wine & Craft Beer Tasting

The Pavilion at Sunken Meadow

pphpheader pphpPlanned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s annual Summer Benefit featuring a Wine and Craft Beer Tasting will honor Mark and Rita Sakitt. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a selection of curated wines and local craft beers, a service auction and silent auction while overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound.

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Address:
Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park, NY 11754

If you’d like to attend this event, you can purchase tickets online.

Dinner Lab at the Smithsonian

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Pop-up private dinners are among the hottest trends on the culinary scene. Adventurous foodies gather in all kinds of spaces to experience meals prepared by talented chefs on the rise in the food world. Part of the fun is that often diners don’t know where the meals take place until a day before they unfold their napkins. The evenings are convivial, casual, full of surprises, and definitely memorable.

Dinner-Lab-at-the-Smithsonian-1Dinner Lab has brought its take on the pop-up meal to Washington, generating lots of buzz—and plenty of hungry followers—along the way. Locations such as a hall on the grounds of a monastery in Brookland and H Street’s Atlas Performing Arts Center have been transformed into the settings for one-of-a-kind dinner parties where chefs are the stars and inventive meals unfold at simply set communal tables. Now there’s a tasty new ingredient in the mix: a Smithsonian location and theme.

Become one of the 100 guests at a Dinner Lab evening at the Smithsonian and you’ll receive a menu reflecting the dinner’s culinary theme and information about your chef two weeks prior to the date. (Food restrictions can be accommodated.) The day before the event, the location is announced. Meeting the chef, who talks about the menu, and a Smithsonian specialist, who offers insights on the location, adds to the experience.

For this evening at the Smithsonian, you can be sure that the “secret” setting will be beautiful and intriguing—and a place where you’d definitely not expect to be dining. But you can expect to strike up some great conversations with fellow diners at this informal and friendly evening that spotlights some seriously amazing food.

Price includes a cocktail, three-course dinner, and wine; each event limited to 100 guests; no tickets sold at the door.

 

Harvest East End Wine & Food

Celebrate the bounty of Long Island Wine Country

Saturday, August 22

  • Showcasing the wines of more than 40 East End winemakers, the dishes of 30+ top regional chefs and the foodcraft of local purveyors.
  • This event benefits local regional charities
  • Saturday, August 22 at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, NY
  • VIP Admission from 6:30 – 10 p.m. grants early admittance, exclusive access to winemakers and chefs, premier parking, a VIP – only gift bag, and access to the VIP lounge area, where there is exclusive seating as well as older vintages being poured. General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m!

Taste of Two Forks

Paradise for Foodies – Sayre Park in Bridgehampton

July 18, 2015

  • Presented by Farrell Building and Hosted by Food Network Stars Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro
  • A not-to-be missed event for those who enjoy Glorious Food, Good Vibrations & Luscious Libations.
  • Taste the very best from Top Chefs, Great Winemakers and over 40 of the finest restaurants from the North and South Forks.
  • VIP Admission from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. grants early admittance, exclusive access to the chefs, premier parking, a VIP – only gift bag, and access to the VIP lounge area, where there is exclusive seating as well as other treats! General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m. and offers access to great food and wine.
  • This event sells out so purchase your tickets today.

Harlem EatUp!

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Download the Cookbook

Harlem EatUp! At Home

Bringing New York’s tastiest neighborhood to your kitchen!

All-star chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman, Ken Oringer and more, share celebrated recipes from Harlem and beyond. From Ginny’s Supper Club’s famed Mac & Greens to uptown staple Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Texas Beef Brisket, download the Harlem EatUp! At Home cookbook, complete with classic and unexpected Bordeaux wine pairings.

Bon appétit!

Davidoff of Geneva Opens New Store

Davidoff Winston Churchill Event New York, CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Randolph Churchill, Photo credit: Sandra Hamburg (PRNewsFoto/Davidoff Cigars)

Davidoff Winston Churchill Event New York, CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Randolph Churchill, Photo credit: Sandra Hamburg (PRNewsFoto/Davidoff Cigars)

Oettinger Davidoff Group, the Switzerland-based premium tobacco company, has opened their newly relocated Davidoff flagship store at 515 Madison Avenue at the corner of 53rd Street, one block south of their previous location. The beautifully appointed shop features a 300 square foot smoking lounge, walk-in humidor stocked with the most sought after cigars in the industry, including the complete range of Davidoff cigars, and a full selection of smokers accessories.

Davidoff of Geneva Opens new Madison Avenue Flagship Store.  (PRNewsFoto/Oettinger Davidoff Group)

Davidoff of Geneva Opens new Madison Avenue Flagship Store. (PRNewsFoto/Oettinger Davidoff Group)

“The Davidoff Flagship Stores are at the core of the Davidoff Brand discovery with meticulous focus on a first rate customer and retail experience,” says Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, new President and CEO of the Oettinger Davidoff Group. “Quality discerning cigar smokers can enjoy the smokers lounge, which is an integral part of the new Madison Avenue store. As the new CEO, I am proud to preside over the opening of our new Flagship store in New York City 100 years after Davidoff opened the first store in Geneva. It is only fitting we inaugurate a new Flagship location in Manhattan, the most important Premium Cigar market in the world and a top priority for Davidoff’s future focus on the US market.” The store also plays host to the only S.T. Dupont Shop-in-Shop in the United States.

According to President of Davidoff Distribution Group, Dr. Peter Baenninger, “New York refines traditions and defines trends for the entire USA. That’s why the prime location of the new flagship store on Madison Avenue is of immense importance for the Oettinger Davidoff Group’s North American business.”

General Manager for Davidoff’s New York City operations, Luis M. Torres adds, “This new store represents the clear commitment of the Oettinger Davidoff Group to our U.S. operations. We have maintained a Davidoff Flagship on Madison Avenue since 1987, and we will continue to do so for years to come.”

On September 8, 2011, select guests and members of the press joined in a grand celebration at the new Davidoff Madison Flagship location. Those sharing in this special evening sampled exquisite wines and a handmade cigar produced in very limited quantities as a tribute to the new location.

This opening also helps commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Davidoff “retail experience”, with the first shop having opened in Geneva, Switzerland in 1911. Oettinger Davidoff Group purchased its second New York City store at The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center as well as De La Concha on Avenue of the Americas in 2006. Today, over 60 Davidoff Flagship Stores around the globe offer fine cigars and a unique shopping experience to their valuable customers.

Taste of Home

Thursday, June 4 2015

VIP Hour: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Honorary Chair Ruth Reichl and Housing Works invite you to join hosts Alex Guarnaschelli, Sam Sifton and Brooks Headley for Housing Works’s popular chefs’ tasting and culinary-themed benefit.

Ruth Reichl, Alex Guarnaschelli, Sam Sifton and Brooks Headley

Featuring food from:

Jody Williams, Buvette, Via Carota
Carlo Mirarchi, Blanca, Roberta’s
Caroline Fidanza, Saltie
Francis Derby, The Cannibal, Resto
Joe Tarasco, Marta

and cocktails curated by:

Dan Sabo, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
With spirits from Grand Marnier and Aviation American Gin
Wine by Broadbent Selections
Beer by Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Proceeds benefit Housing Works’ fight to end AIDS and homelessness.

Sponsored by:


Davis & Gilbert LLP