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Shall we weekend in the Hamptons?

Shall we weekend in the Hamptons?

Summer in the Hamptons!

The weekdays in NY are long and hot, but when summer Fridays roll around…it’s time to take off for the Hamptons. Long Island Wine Country has become the new hot place to sip. So, if you are looking to escape the heat for a rosé getaway on the East Coast, here are a few of our picks!

The Wine Stand at Wölffer Estate
Located in the heart of the Hamptons, this nostalgic wine stand is the perfect place to start your weekend on your way out to East Hampton or Montauk. With live music on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, you can sip some of our favorite ‘Summer in a Bottle’ Rosé, while watching the sun setting or pick up a case of their new Dry Rosé Cider in cans...great for the beach or the boat! Also try Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor or Amagansett for a delicious bite to eat!

Sunset Beach Hotel
Considered by many as ‘the’ place to stay on Shelter Island, this laid back, French-inspired, beachy hotel is known for letting the rosé flow like water. Epic people watching, and an even more epic sunset to sit back and enjoy!

Raphael Winery
One of our favorite places to taste, also happens to be a great spot to find a piece from Olive and Poppy! Their rosé is crisp and tastes of watermelon and raspberries. Perfect for the long days at the beach and warm evening barbecues!

Sparkling Pointe Winery
This elegant winery located on the North Fork of Long Island allows the unique terroir to shine in their Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. The winery slogan, “If It’s Not Sparkling….What’s the Pointe?” is appropriate because who doesn’t want a glass of bubbles while in this beautiful locale?? If you happen to be out there on July 21st, join them for their annual Carnival event where Rio De Janeiro comes to the North Fork!

BOTTLEROCK IS COMING...BOTTLEROCK IS COMING!

BOTTLEROCK IS COMING...BOTTLEROCK IS COMING!

Everything you need to know to get you ready for BottleRock!

We can NOT WAIT for BottleRock this week! The music, the food, the total takeover of Napa with fun people...bring it!

Last year, we created a pop-up souvenir shop on Third Street and brought our flower-crown-making skills and O&P collection to the streets! It was so much fun that we're doing it all again this year. We have a bigger, and even better pop-up this year, complete with a flower wall and rosé garden with special pink sips for all of you needing a little “refreshment” on your way into the concert. We will be open for all your festival and flower crown needs at 702 3rd Street from 11am-6pm Friday-Sunday.  

So, if you have tickets--and even if you don’t--come hang out with us in our Rosé Garden. It’s the best people watching in town and we have all the things you need and may have forgotten: totes, cute throws to wear on your shoulders or the cutest bandanas we made specifically for BottleRock. Maybe throw on a Cheers Necklace or a Honeycomb Ring to get outfitted. All adorable and waiting for you!

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen! Don’t be that girl with the red shoulders on day two! If you plan to stay all day, dress in layers for ALL temperatures. It’s often cold and foggy in the mornings, warm in the afternoons, and then cold and windy in the afternoon.
  • Closed-toe, comfortable shoes. At the risk of sounding like my mother, do yourself a favor and wear a cute sneaker. It’s a big festival and by the end of the day, you will have walked a LOT. The stages are spread out and there aren’t a lot of places to sit, so you end up on your feet in a combo of dirt and grass for most of the day.
  • Don’t forget a hat! We love a wide-brimmed Panama hat, and you will most likely see Anne wearing one at our pop-up shop. A baseball hat is also light and easy to throw in your tote.
  • All the adorable, flowy festival gear is great for daytime, but the evenings get cold and windy, so bring a cute tote (if you forgot one, we got you covered!). Stuff your tote with an empty water bottle, a picnic throw (we can also help you with that), a light jacket and your hat.
  • Your bike! There is complimentary bike parking just a couple blocks away at 585 1st Street. It might be the handiest way to get to and from the festival without the hassles of “Are you my Uber?” Don’t forget to BYOL (Bring Your Own Lock)!

Where to Eat and Drink:
*All the spots below are walking distance from BottleRock

  • Hog Island: "Off the Island" is a new to-go service they are offering at Hog Island Oyster, so go ahead and grab a bottle of bubbles in the (somewhat hidden cold case) at the Wine Merchant, and a dozen oysters and sit on the lovely patio overlooking the river.
  • Angéle: Our very fav place for french fries and rosé, sits on the edge of the Napa River. The outdoor patio is the place to sit and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends. We tend to be there more often for lunch, but on a warm night, there is nothing more romantic than an evening at Angéle. 
  • Stone Brewery: This primo spot on the Napa River, not only has a cult brew following, but it’s only two blocks away from the fairgrounds, which makes it an easy stop on your way in or out. Their beer list changes daily and the view of the river cannot be beat.
  • Gran Electrica: If you happen to be looking for a spot to grab a delicious margarita after a long day of beer, come see us at Gran Electrica on Friday night. We will be sharing tacos and mounds of their guacamole and homemade chips over our favorite cocktail--a spicy cucumber marg.
  • Inside the festival there is an awesome selection of local food vendors. Hit up our friends at Il Posto for their sausage stuffed fried olives. They will blow your mind!

Weather: The weather looks like it will be sunny and in the high-70’s in the daytime and in the low 50’s at night.  Perfect festival weather…just don’t forget a jacket!

The Bottlerock Schedule and all other details can be found here: http://www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/

2018's Most Anticipated Rosé Releases!

2018's Most Anticipated Rosé Releases!

There must be something in the air when rosé release season starts...our spidey-senses are on full alert as the pretty pink-hued bottles are hitting the shelves. When the 2017 vintage arrived, we were particularly excited because we now have friends in the rosé biz (perhaps due to our fanatisizum on social media) and naturally we wanted to support them and their endeavors.

So off to George's we went. A little back story here, we have a good friend George, who also shares this rosé appreciation, and once every couple months, we bring what we think is "way too many" bottles over to his house and we proceed to drink them all. What results is what we call "rosé poisoning" which is really just us not knowing when to stop enjoying all the pretty pink wines. 

Back to the story. We collected four bottles (and one can) of what we were most excited to try...and we were naturally very pleased with all the contenders. All were dry, thoughtfully crafted and accessible online or at a fine rosé purveyor near you. 

What we enjoyed and you should too: