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Italian Piedmontese region

🤔thoughts from me, mai!

Need some weekday 🍷red inspo ​? Lately, I’ve been feeling red wines from the Italian Piedmontese region which sits on Italy’s Northernwestern border facing the Swiss Alps. Though this region is often known for its 🤵🏻serious fancy wines like Barolo or Barbaresco - the ones that 🇮🇹Italians drink on the daily are just as tasty and perfect from your everyday wine drinking. Try these guys out and let us know what you think 😋
Dolcetto (dohl CHET to) dry, light bodied red that is often the first red wine that is served in a Piedmontese meal. Look for ones from the Dogliani, Diano D'Alba or Alba.
Barbera (bar BEAR ah) Second most widely planted red grape variety in Italy, it's a bit richer than the Dolcetto and has black-cherry fruit character. Look for ones from Alba or Asti.
Nebbiolo (neb bee OH lo) made from Nebbiolo grapes whose name is derived  from nebbia, the Italian word for “fog.”It has stronger tannins (which creates a grippy tongue feel) than the other two and best-paired food to counterbalance the grip. Look for ones from D'Alba or Langhe.

🏙maivino around town (NYC)

free wine & dating advice imbibe on some maivino wine🍷and join NYC-based dating coach Clara Artschwager for a fresh take on dating in the 📱digital age, where she'll share insights and practices for approaching modern dating from a place of intention, empowerment, and self-compassion. (yes, that might mean no more Insta-stalking.) Sign up to reserve your complimentary tickets here.

network, drink some vino and meet some female-founded businesses at #womenwhoalter  we’ll be at a speaker series and networking forum focused around innovative female-founded businesses April 3rd. Come visit to check out the goods & drink some wine!

🍽where to wine or dine this week in NYC

love bitters, want to learn more?  Check out  Amor y Amargo (Spanish for “love and bitter”) the country’s first bitter-based bar. In fact, there still aren’t many like it today. It comfortably seats 12 people. What is Amargo? Amari (plural tense of the word) are created by macerating herbs, flowers, roots, and bark into neutral spirits or wine. They can be aged in cask, oak, or bottle.

Amor y amargo - the country's first bitter-based bar

🧐wine talk

what’s up with our hater-ade for sweet wines the most popular wines in America have a discernible sweetness to them, yet we all claim that we hate sweet wines 🤥. Eric Asimov goes on a tangent about it, but I think the most interesting thing to note is that the perception of sweetness, does not depend on the actual level of sugar 🍬in the wine, but by how well it is balanced by acidity 🍋. That is the key difference between a sweet wine that gives you a sickening feel 😬versus one that is refreshing 😊.

true crime & wine...hosted by childhood friends Lucy Fitzgerald, Kenyon Laing and Amanda Jacobson, the 🕵️‍♀️Wine and Crime podcast, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a discussion of various true crimes, ranging from the bizarre (think Russian necrophiliacs) to the more serious (an episode devoted to police shooting victim Philando Castile, which occurred in the women’s home state of Minnesota.) Over Skype, the 👯‍♀️women crack open a bottle of 🍷wine chosen specifically for the theme of the episode and talk about their favorite cases.

age your cheese with hip-hop to make it taste better Beat Wampfler started an experiment to determine whether 👩‍🎤music would help aging cheese 🧀reach a more robust flavor🤤, and if so, which kind would work best. He tested nine separate wheels of cheese with Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here”, Mozart’s Magic Flute opera, a rave-ready electro of Vril’s “UV,” and the abstract melodies of Yello’s “Monolith. Winner? Tribe Called Quest.

age your cheese with hip-hop to make it taste better

📖what we're reading OR 📺 watching this week

let’s all say hi to kelly delaney! she is our book worm 🐛in resident and will be sharing her weekly picks with us. she’s an editor @ penguin random house and loves sippin’ wine during her readin’ time 🙃

90s nostalgia with a timely message: Sara Saedi’s memoir Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card begins with her revelation as a teenager living in Oakland that she and her family, originally from Iran, were undocumented. She provides a detailed account of what that actually looks like day to day, balanced with all the other trials of being a teenager: potential deportation is scary, but so is being the only one of your friends without a date to prom. Revel in her love of Ethan Hawke and Doc Martins (both timeless) with a glass of updated & elevated boxed wine.

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