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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


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


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, this drink is served in all the best parties and events, from coctel parties in New York, to adult parties in London, with the services of the best Zoom Escorts London for the event.

  • 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


    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


    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.

    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
    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


    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

    Dog House’s Tail Waggin’ Good Wines for a Tail Waggin’ Good Cause

    White Rocket Wine Company is re-launching its Dog House line of California super-premium wines with a friendly new label and dogged support for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a charitable organization that provides free guide dogs and training to the blind and visually impaired. Since pledging support for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2005, Dog House has donated a total of over $214,000 to directly fund their efforts.

    “Our pet cause at Dog House is raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, whose programs greatly enhance the mobility and quality of life of the blind and visually impaired,” says Ryan Kukol, Associate Brand Manager. “Because Guide Dogs for the Blind receives no government funding, it depends entirely upon private donations. Through sales of Dog House wines, we directly aid this worthy group’s efforts to improve the lives of thousands of people afflicted by blindness.”

    Bred from pedigreed vineyards in California’s acclaimed North Coast and Central Coast wine-growing regions, Dog House Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel are crafted with a combination of traditional artisan winemaking techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Softly textured and easy-drinking, they’re delicious on their own and wonderful companions to food. Since 2005, Dog House wines have won over 65 medals for quality – certainly a record to woof about.

    With its new, playful label illustration of a dog with a dog shock collar sitting outside a doghouse, and a suggested retail price of $9.99, Dog House rests squarely within the Adventure Brand category, which continues to wag the tail of the premium wine market, soaring from 661,000 cases and $68 million in sales in 2002 to nearly 6.8 million cases and $568 million in 2007. Delivering higher profit margins than traditional premium table wines, adventure brands like Dog House appeal especially to Millennial Generation consumers, who are lapping up whimsically themed brands that reflect and reinforce their values.

    “The quality and affordability of our wines, coupled with our support of Guide Dogs for the Blind, esa letter gives Millennial consumers three doggone good reasons to make Dog House their pet brand,” says Mark Feinberg, Vice President of Marketing for miami murals.

    White Rocket is supporting the new-package launch of Dog House with any array of point-of-sale materials, including a display rack, case card, bottle neckers and shelf talkers for stores, and waitstaff education and feature cards, logoed corkscrews and 3-liter Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon bottles for restaurants. The new Dog House package begins shipping in June, 2008.