Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wine Wednesday :: Boston Wine Expo 2013 Favorites

Whether I'm writing about wine or wisdom, the glass is always half full in my book. At the Boston Wine Expo this past weekend, the glass often contained a pour designed to stimulate my senses. Mr. Chat and I spent the better part of the afternoon sniffing and sipping our way through the robust rubies of Rhône, crisp ambers of California and so many more. I can't possibly mention all that made a lasting impression, but here's a look at the most memorable.

Fulcrum's On Point Christina's Cuvée is elegance in a glass. The harmony of cherry, strawberry and cinnamon waltz their way into the palate. Winemaker, David Rossi, named the claret-colored wine after his wife.

Hailing from the rustic region of Altenejo in eastern Portugal is Ciranda from Herdade dos Coelheiros. The vintage is a crushed confection of smoothness delight. I am told the wine accompanies grilled meats and robust cheeses well.

The Indaba Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with salads and seafood. The South African selection is a dynamic stir of gooseberry and citrus with hints of bell pepper and fresh cut grass. Truly an amber to be admired.

By now, I'm sure you know how much I love animals. So naturally I could not skip the Stray Dog display without savoring a sip. Cranberry, blueberry and chocolate comprise the zest in this zinfandel. The best part is, a portion of each purchase is donated to the ASPCA to help dogs in need.

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The 2010 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, blended with 90% sangiovese and 10% merlot, is one of my go-to wines. The chianti exudes an aroma that is laced with red berries, spice and aged oak.

The aromatic Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure cabernet sauvignon chock full of black current, red licorice and plush plum from the northern coast of California. Hints of vanilla and creamy coca give the wine ruby rich layers.

Black raspberry, blueberry, cassis and fennel mingle with the soft lilacs and stout salt licorice of Oregon to hatch harmony in a glass with the Archery Summit Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir. Delicious. Plain and simple.

Admission was courtesy of the Boston Wine Expo.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chic of the Week :: Hervé Léger at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Chic of the Week is taking you over the edge this week with a glimpse into Hervé Léger's fresh frocks for fall 2013. Last Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, designer Max Azria unveiled evocative aesthetics such as bare midriffs, lace appliqué and fur cover-ups. It was quite a shift from the sleek silhouette of the body-con craze that has long been synonymous with the Léger label. 

A promenade of patterns packed a punch in black, ash and snow; while structured baseball caps added a seriously stallion feel. I loved Azria’s visionary mix of sporty meets spice. And the designer's intricate beadwork woven with satin, leather and lace left me breathless. I'm so longing for more Léger in my life.

Max Azria's BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP made haute history in 1998 when the renowned American fashion house acquired French couturier, Hervé Léger. Nearly a decade later, Azria propelled the luxury label with a progressive and promising spin. The Hervé Léger by Max Azria collection was first introduced at New York Fashion Week in 2008 and has since pioneered the world of style.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day :: Boston's Sweet Treat

Cupcake connoisseurs can't go wrong with a little something from Sweet. The local 
purveyor of all that is creative and creamy in the world of cakes is whipping up a velvety Valentine's Day menu through February 18. With spellbinding flavors that include white chocolate ganache, hot cocoa and red velvet, the robust roundup is sure to lure the lover on your list.

Owner Courtney Forrester and her talented team fill and frost homemade cakes and cupcake
s seven days a week. The 
boutique bakery, with locations in Boston and Cambridge, relishes in the creative skill and precision that comes with creating custom ordersSink your sweet tooth into a sensuous strawberries and cream cupcake constructed of Madagascar vanilla bean sweet cake and see for yourself. Orders can be placed in-store and online.

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Cupcakes were courtesy of Sweet.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Chic of the Week :: Monopoly Cat

Cats and cat lovers rejoice. The newest member of the Monopoly montage and my pick for Chic of the Week is none other than the cat. So, move over Scottie dog because there’s a fierce feline in town set to pounce past go, collect $200 and construct a cat kingdom on Boardwalk.

Hasbro announced the winner earlier this week following a month-long Facebook campaign by the Rhode Island-based company where fans voted for which tokens to toss and which ones to treasure. The classy cat, sporting a chic collar with the letter “M,” clawed 31% of the votes and will replace one of the game’s original pieces, the iron. But there were other contenders competing for the prosperous post: a guitar, helicopter, diamond and robot. I mean who really wants a helicopter or even a diamond ring when the most glorious gem on Earth is a feline friend.

It’s not clear if Monopoly’s new cat is male or female and if he or she will be given a name. I would be happy to propose a few unique names to Hasbro -- one of which is Manolo. I mean what better name for a precocious pet with a passionate purr and captivating coat. It’s certainly unique (when it comes to cat names) and it just rolls off of the tongue. In fact, the token cat is already wearing an "M" charm.

Monopoly's new edition is scheduled to hit store shelves towards the middle of this year. Until then, Manolo will be anxiously awaiting its arrival.