In the world of bubbly, Ariel Arce is probably the coolest one to watch. This native New Yorker, who cut her teeth at Chicago’s Pops for Champagne and The Office at the Aviary, has created a fresh 1920’s-inspired Greenwich Village space with Air’s Champagne Parlor. She’s a woman after our own hearts, who often wears lip prints (the logo for Air’s), while serving up an unexpected array of sparkling wine as David Bowie blasts from the speakers. We’re delighted the current cover girl of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 issue is also our latest Rosé Enthusiast!
What was the bottle that made you fall in love with Champagne? It was the first bottle of Rosé I bought for myself from Marguet, a Champagne producer in Ambonnay. I was intrigued prior, but it solidified to me the magic of the wine and how little I knew about it.
What are the most essential pink sparklers for Rosé lovers to try? Essentials are hard because there is such good Rosé sparkling. Really it comes down to what you like. I focus on Champagne and within that there are a range of styles. For Chardonnay focused I like de Sousa, which is light and floral. For Pinot Noir I go to Eric Rodez, which was the old winemaker for Krug and who knows how to find finesse and elegance with Pinot. For the unique and bold I love Bereche et Fils Campagne Reminis, which is aged on cork and has a soft velvety character that I will describe as lying naked on a bear skin rug while a chenille blanket is slowly pulled down your body.
What are your go-to songs when popping bottles? Music and wine is all about how you’re feeling. If relaxing I want a little Patsy Cline and Willie & Waylon. If we are getting started, some Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. And disco and funk is always great.
What is your favorite rosé bubbly and holiday food pairing? H. Billiot Rosé, a blend of mostly pinot with a little chardonnay and tastes like raspberries and tangerines kills with ham or pork. Something with a lot of fat and flavor and salt.
Read more about our visit to Air’s here!
After still French Rosé, sparkling wine is our second greatest love. Popping bottles is always a beautiful thing, but when it’s PINK and FIZZY it’s taken to the next level. A few years ago we discovered that bubbles don’t need to be reserved for special occasions and it changed our perspective on parings and when to enjoy it. This is why the high-low vibe at Air’s, Ariel Arce’s Greenwich Village champagne parlor, speaks to us so much. First, the music is incredible and nothing really matters when Talking Heads and Tears for Fears are playing. You could leave happy because of the jams alone, but this is a well thought out experience from start to finish.
The wine menu is an incredibly informative and fun pocket-sized book with everything you need to know about bubbly, i.e. Champagne for Dummies. Arce clearly knows how and does her best to make ordering not intimidating. We shared a flight of three Rosés sparklers -duh- with Paul Clouet Brut Rosé Champagne, Filipa Pato Extra Bruto Rosé from Portugal, and Champagne de Sousa Brut Rosé. Each had a unique flavor profile and were pure delights, however, the Paul Clouet was the standout. After a long day each smooth sip was an instant happy explosion. For food we skipped the Caviar and opted for grilled cheese with lavender honey and french fries served with truffle aioli. While there we were already plotting who we should take there on our next visit.
Shimmying to good tunes, beautiful bubbles, and french fries is definitely a recipe for a good time. Go and pop ’til you drop!
Read our Rosé Enthusiast interview with Ariel here!
This year I got really lucké and was treated by my family to dinner at Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Per Se. It is certainly one of the best dining experiences in NYC, and now I can say one of the best I’ve ever had in my life. We started the night with a champagne toast, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose, naturallé. The 9 course tasting menu is perfectly balanced and each dish was a work of art. Even better, my belated birthday celebration happened to coincide with TRUFFLE SEASON. There is seriouslé nothing better than a simple bowl of pasta drowning in shaved truffles. Other highlights were the delicate”Oysters and Pearls” starter, which is described as “Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar, and the super tender short-rib. The final course, unassumingly called “Assortment of Desserts,” should really be called “Never Ending Desserts” as the table was covered in more delicious sweet goodness than I thought we could handle after such a incredible meal. Turns out we could. -NH
The best performances are those that you’re still thinking about weeks after you’ve seen it. This is the case for In & Of Itself, a wondrous and emotional magic show preformed by the creator Derek DelGaudio.
Upon entering the Daryl Roth Theater there is a wall of I AM cards (shown above) and you’re encouraged to take one. After a good laugh at some of the options we ended up with these two that felt rather on brand for us.
When the show starts there are stories, incredibly skilled card tricks (how he handles cards alone is magical), and illusions that are simultaneously spellbinding and touching. Your I AM card comes into play at some point, but that is all we will tell you. This is a show that should be enjoyed in person. Read a more thorough New York Times review here.
We made an even more magical night of it starting off at the bar of Union Square Cafe for a cocktail (Dirty Martini for Nikki and the Bitter Almond Negroni for Erica) and light dinner. We HIGHLÉ recommend you to do the same.
Summer is a state of mind and a feeling that can be tapped into at any moment (like even with layers of long underwear and gloves on.)
This is what inspired us to name the dry rosé we make in collaboration with Winc “Summer Water” in the first place. In the warmer months it’s heavenlé, best enjoyed outside with summer’s laid-back good vibes. When it’s cooler, having a bottle transports you back to that happy place. Plus, the crisp taste with notes of strawberry, white peach, and grapefruit pairs superbly with hearté fall dishes and a fire. Winter, spring, summer, or fall you’ve got a Rosé.
There are two sides to this hat storé: the Yes Way and the Rosé. Feeling good? Wear it with the Yes Way in front. Feeling Rosé? You know what to do. It’s a win-win situation whichever way you wear our cozy beanié, now back in stock.
We just took a trip to beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy where we tried several (like 30+) Chiaretto Rosés, a dry style made primarily with Corvina grapes. More on this trip later, but while there we stumbled up on this incredible hand sketched label that we want to turn into wallpaper. We didn’t get to try the wine, but if judging a book by it’s cover we’re going to call this Rosanoire a cult classic.
If the Paris runway for next spring is any indication it’s going to be a very good year for Rosé. The blush hued looks were exceptional, most notably at Alexander McQueen with Sarah Burton’s to-die-for English garden inspired dresses and Louis Vuitton with these chic sporty shorts. These looks are what a dream Rosé wardrobe is made of. More→