Livingston Manor in Upstate New York’s Sullivan County is having a major moment. On Main Street alone the relaxed town now has fireside pizza and cocktails with The Kaatskeller, a delicious bakery, Brandenburg, where the seedy loafs are a reason to fully embrace carbs, and on the weekend, ELM Garden & Floral Design are posted up with gorgeous, affordable bouquets.
All of this has been made even more elevated with Upstream Wine & Spirits, our dear friend Meg McNeil’s expertly curated wine and liquor store. (Because you can now have your Rosé and your Mezcal too in a town best known for their fly fishing!) Upstream is everything you want from a wine store, which is a friendly place where you know anything you buy is was worth trying even if it doesn’t end up being your thing. And the owner is the best! Meg is the ultimate shopgirl with impeccable taste and a boho style that both locals and Brooklynites visiting will want to emulate. If we’re making her sound crazé cool it’s because she is.
We caught up with her before she headed on a wine trip to Italy to talk about what’s in store for Fall, and more! More→
It has come to our attention, that thinking and drinking pink—and all those who participate in such pursuits—is considered by some to be “basic,” a word that is typically used to put down women and stymie their potential. As Rosé enthusiasts and professionals, we wanted to take a moment to address this misrepresentation.
Rosé is a beautiful, classic, delightful, well-crafted wine made–most of the time–by talented, hardworking people with love and extreme care. It’s so loved that Rosé production is booming and an entire industry is shifting. What’s basic about something good, that creates jobs and inspires happiness? It’s offensive to the wine, those who make it and everyone who finds pleasure when they drink it.
Why are guys who drink beer and watch football called “Bro,” but if you’re a woman who drinks Rosé, works hard and does yoga you’re labeled “Basic”?
For us, if being basic means starting a brand from scratch that brings a female perspective to a male dominated industry while inspiring other female entrepreneurs to do the same; Being able to quit a full-time job to engage in a full-time passion; Creating a positive and inclusive space for likeminded wine enthusiasts; Using a socially-driven platform to highlight a diverse and unexpected community of talented makers, while spreading joy and positivity…Then we’re proud to be basic AF.
We trust any recipe that our girl Elizabeth Stein of Purely Elizabeth has come up with, especially one made with Summer Water. Her Yes Way Frosé is a fruity, potentially boozy, but always refreshing summertime must.
At Sauvage, go for the incredibly vibrant menus (the branding is on point) and Williamsburg people watching, stay for the elevated food and drink.
Over a breezy early summer evening we seemed to have a case of perfect ordering for cocktails an apps. There was bread with house cultured butter (omg), pea tendrils with burrata, bacon and pink peppercorn (zomg), and Octopus a la plancha. It paired beautifully with a couple of Americanos and then glasses of our favorite sparkling Les Capriades Pet Sec. We highlé recommend.
All photos by Sara Kerens
Last week we had the great pleasure of hosting a sparking wine dinner at our favorite restaurant, Lilia, with Franciacorta, a little-known region near Milan with more than 100 wineries specializing in meticulously-crafted sparkling wine. The bubblé, made in the classic method with a second fermentation in the bottle, is complex, refreshing and highly drinkable (especially with exquisite Italian food). Franciacorta wines were the first sparkling wines in Italy to receive the highest designation of quality, DOCG, and their regulations are stricter than any other sparkling wine in the world, including Champagne. You can taste the precision and care with each sip. More→
Bushwick is an unlikely location for the most pinked out restaurant currently in NYC, but at CARTHAGE MUST BE DESTROYED find blush everything: a plethora of plates, tile displays, painted walls inside and out, and an espresso machine that’s flooding Instagram. Being as photogenic as it is though does not take away from how good the food is! Open for breakfast and lunch, Nikki had the summer on toast (exactly as it sounds with the most delicious heirloom tomatoes) and I enjoyed the parmesan not-so scrambled eggs. Once they add wine to the menu we’ll be moving in. -Erica