Wine and Cheese Party

With our recent fascination with France and French food,  we wanted to throw a French themed wine and cheese party. It was a super casual party with close friends. We wanted to focus more on the delicious wines and cheese that come from the country, than to impress anyone. France is very well known for the different wine regions and also the various cheeses that are produced there. Without further ado, here are some great shots of the parties main stars.

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Here are some of our favorites cheeses we used for the party:

  • Comte Murray’s Reserve
  • Roomano 3 Year
  • Fromager d’Affinois
  • Tomme De Savoie

These were all purchased from a local Murray’s Cheese shop near our house. Picking out the cheeses was a fun experience in and of itself. We had a cheesemonger ask us what we wanted and he guided us to the choices.

In regards to the wines, we try to stick to our favorite wine region: Rhone Valley. Rhone Valley has some amazing Roses, Whites, and Reds that go really well with lots of cheeses.

Some extras that were important and recommend for everyone to use are:

  • Cornichons
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Fig jam
  • Crackers and French baguette bread
  • Lastly, delicious charcuterie 🙂

It’s really easy to throw a wine and cheese party! Just as long as you have a solid foundation of cheeses and sides, the wines will come together well. Plus, if you ask party goers to each bring a cheese, the event can be inexpensive. Hope you enjoyed my suggestions and let me know if you had a wine and cheese party, and if you did anything differently.

 

Rose Event: Pinknic!

We have a passion for wine and when we heard about a Rose party on one of the surrounding islands of NYC, we jumped on the opportunity to be a part of it. This was to be a summer lawn party with rose, live music, and pre-made picnic baskets packed by a renowned chef. This event was to be held on Governor’s Island which sits south of NYC. It’s a small Island that used to be a military base and over the years shut down it’s doors. The city of New York has tried to revitalize this little island by creating a day trip getaway for New Yorkers and tourists with park spaces and beautiful views of lower Manhattan.

In historical accounts of the island, Governor’s Island was easily crossed by walking to it from a point in Brooklyn. This was at the early stages of when people first founded America. It’s no longer possible to cross over to the island by foot and taking a ferry across is the only option. There are other pretty little islands that surround Manhattan that can be reached by Ferry, Train, or Sky Tram, but Governor’s has been sitting empty for many years. Thankfully, the island is becoming a fun spot to get away from the city and enjoy a reprieve from the hustle and bustle. Who knows, eventually we may see other modes of transportation to get to Governor’s Island.

With a Pink and White dress code, we boarded the ferry across the river to Governor’s Island. The logistics of it weren’t greatly thought out since masses of people were heading to the party at the same time. The lines to the ferries were miles long and the ferries weren’t too consistent. We were lucky to have purchased tickets that allowed us VIP access to the ferries and festivities. Once on the Island, we made our way to the venue (which was about a half mile walk from the ferry landing). Once we were checked in, we picked up our picnic basket, bottles of rose, and found a spot on the lawn to camp out for several hours.

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We were surprised at how many people were already gathered and ready to enjoy the music and rose! Even though the clouds look ominous in this picture, we lucked out! It only sprinkled a little bit!

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We ended up finding a spot to lay out blanket and delicious picnic out and got ready to dive into the food! The Pinknic baskets were adorable cream and pink tote bags that included a blanket, our pre-made meal, and various beverages. When we picked up the rose, they were in plastic bags with ice and included rose glasses! We of course kept the tote bag, plastic wine bag, and the blanket! If you look in the background, you can see some of the gorgeous Manhattan skyline!

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The stage was in front of us and the city was behind us. We decided to uncork the delicious rose and dived right in!

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With glasses full of bubbly, we enjoyed our wonderful Pinknic experience!

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The food was delicious! There was a great spread of pork sandwiches, quinoa salad, veggies, and a cole slaw salad.

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We finished off our pinknic with yummy macaroons! We had a lot of fun and carry away lots of memories from that day. It was a unique experience that we were lucky to be a part of in this city!

Have you been apart of any unique experiences or adventures in NYC? If so, I’d love it if you shared them with us! We’re always looking for new and exciting things to do in and around NYC! With how big the city is, it’s hard to stay on top of all of the events that go on, and I’d love to hear some other recommendations.

Hamptons – Bike Tour

We ended up doing a day trip out to the Hamptons for a bike tour through the wonderful vineyards on a Saturday. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Hamptons that a lot of tourists fall for. Even though some of these misconceptions are slightly true, the Hamptons have something to offer everyone on every budget. The wonderful aspect of the Hamptons is that it offers a diverse amount of things to do: beautiful beaches, fascinating history, amazing vineyards,  charming bed and breakfasts, and delicious food! There’s no wonder that travelers, like EmiMarie, have this wonderful slice of paradise on their bucket lists. It’s a must visit for all!

We took a tour with East End Bike Tours that operates out of the North Fork. The Hamptons are split up in two forks that veer off the main Island. The South Fork is the Hamptons that everyone knows of with the sunny beaches and uber mansions. The North Fork is a little bit more laid back with bays and vineyards. Both are pretty and should be explored, but offer different things for different travelers.

The bike tour we took started at 11 AM in the morning and ended around 5 PM. The first part of the tour obviously included the most amount of time peddling to our first destination. I unfortunately do not handle bike rides as well as some people do, so I struggled. I couldn’t wait for us to stop! We first stopped at a beach on the way to the wineries to taste some infused olive oils with delicious bread. The hosts did a great job putting it all together while everyone took pictures and enjoyed the beautiful views.

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After a much needed break, we headed off to our first vineyard, Martha Clara Vineyards. This is a pretty sizeable vineyard that can accomodate a lot of people at one time. It is popular for weddings and parties. I will say that the wines weren’t great here. We were kind of disappointed of the selection of the wines as well, but this is also the place were we had our picnic lunch. After the tastings, the location was kind enough to allow the tour to set up the catered food for us. We had a wide range of delicious food that was in perfect timing!

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After the delicious lunch, we set off to our final vineyard, Jason’s Vineyard. The wine here was much better and we ended up buying a bottle called Hercules. We love red wines and this one had the right amount of deep flavors we gravitate towards. The tasting room had a big boat shaped bar in the middle. After spending some time at this vineyard, we all got back on our bikes to return to home base. The tour concluded a little early so we decided to hop on a ferry to cross the Long Island Sound to Connecticut to spend the night there.

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What a wonderful day trip and a last minute plan to cross the sound for another adventure! Please comment below and let me know if you had any day trips in the Hamptons!

On another note, I’ve been to the Hamptons several times before and have done other wine tasting at various vineyards and will say that the following 2 are worth stopping by:

  • Sparkling Pointe
  • Kontokosta Winery

Let me know if you know of any other great vineyards!