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Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC

Oak & Steel Wine & Liquor Store Midtown, NY

Hours – Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 12 midnight, Sunday, 12 noon – 9 pm
Oak & Steel, a great liquor store, with a great selection, comparable prices and an amazing location. Oak & Steel is my go to liquor store when I need to pop in and out and get a great bottle of something unique. The staff makes the place, very knowledgeable in wine and spirits. Dena, I think her job is operations and marketing yet she really has customer service down. All the staff appear to love what they do and make great recommendations. Their prices are very comparable with other liquor stores near by, but the elevated level of service here is worth so much more. I do not live in NY but I visit often, Oak & Steel does give a discount to some hotels, mention what hotel you are staying at and you could get a 10% discount. Also they invited me to a tasting, from time to time they have in store tastings where you can try new or unique items. Oak & Steel, keep up the good work I look forward to my next visit to both New York and your fine establishment.

Oak & Steel Fine Wines and Spirits is located in Midtown West, 1776 Broadway New York, NY 10019 Phone 212-262-7702, @oakandsteelnyc and join their mailing list.

Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC
Oak & Steel Fine Wines And Spirits NYC

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Barefoot Wine Review

I was at a friends house right on the beach drinking wine and eating lunch, as I went to take my plate into the kitchen I noticed Barefoot Pinot Noir bottle. She told me we were drinking Pinot Noir yet never mentioned the brand. I am no wine snob but I do pay a bit extra when I purchase pino’s. A quick review, it was smooth as I have already stated, smooth with a bit of spice, dark cherry, berry but more wild raspberry, a lot of fruit up front and a light earthy flavor. We were eating vegetable lasagna, yet I would pair the taste of this wine with just about any lunch I had this week. Another great thing about Barefoot Pinot Noir is the price at just over $6 it tastes like it could be $12. Barefoot, Wine, Beach.

Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle
Barefoot Pinot Noir Bottle

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Los Angeles Times The Taste Presented By Citi

Los Angeles Times The Taste was August 29-31 at Paramount Pictures Studios presented by Citi (www.latimes.com/thetaste or #tastela). I wanted to write about the event, yet I decided to just share some photos and some kind words on some of the many brands that I had the pleasure of tasting. I know I missed a lot but there was too much to taste. I did attend Opening Night, Field To Fork, Dinner With A Twist and Sunday Brunch yet most of this is from the last event Flavors Of L.A. hosted by Jonathan Gold and Michael Cimarusti.

Some of my many highlights include, Stella Artois with Daniel Joly, owner and executive chef of Mirabelle at Beaver Creek, CO. Tasty food from Little Sister, Manhattan Beach, CA. Sitting in top of the line new Buick cars, while listening to the staff, very well informed girls who own Buicks. Don Julio had the Airstream Speakeasy, Matt from Zaca Mesa had many wines from the vineyard. Kara turned me on to a bourbon I had not had before J.R. Ewing Bourbon, it’s a private reserve 4 year old bourbon from Kentucky, I had to taste it more than once, so good. Twice The Vice (www.twicethevice.com) had some amazing chocolates with liquor inside, they blend alcohol into the ganache center of each piece all there products are gluten free. Christiaan Rollich from A.O.C. and Lucques made cocktails with Basil Hayden and he makes his own ingredients all made from scratch by his side Merry Tungka Co-Host of The Gary Garver Show. Bolla Rosé Sparkling Wine and Placido Chianti from Italy. Sukkah Hill Spirits had both the Etrog Liqueur and the Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur. Matura had both the 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir and 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Hornitos Tequila set up there own little cantina, they featured the new Hornitos Black and Hornitos Lime Shot. Whispering Angel poured their Cotes de Provence Rose from magnums. The whole crew from Apartment A was there making cocktails with La Niña del Mescal Espadin. Jim Beam had their Jim Beam Maple, Fire and Honey, it went well with Mexikosher right next door. One of my favorites was the Mezcal Mule a cocktail made by Forrest Cokely (www.adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com) featuring Mina Real Silver Mezcal, Barritts Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer and Boy Drinks World Serrano Cocktail Spice (indiegogo www.spicemybeer.com). Kirin Ichiban had a couple frozen draft machines so cool. Many amazing brands and the passionate owners, distillers, brewers… there to tell you all about them also Southern Wine and Spirits A Team present with lot’s of information on their brands.

I had to include some photos from their marketing campaign, next year when you see something similar save the date, it is an event you must attend every year.

Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
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Los Angeles Times The Taste
Los Angeles Times The Taste
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Hollywood Rated Rating Wine, Beer & Spirits

Hollywood Rated, where experts review more than 10,000 wines, spirits, beers… from around the world, right here in Hollywood, California. Putting the spotlight on each and every brand as brands are linked to Hollywood, California. Hollywood Rated features reviews, scores and tasting notes. The goal is consistency, the unique system was created for dozens of experts to taste and rate each brand blind on a 100 point scale. The expert judges don’t have to judge everything, there are some judges that just like Mezcal, Lagers or Cabernet Sauvignon, this helps create true ratings for each brand.

Submit a Wine, Beer or Spirit is easy, print the form out and send it in with your samples. The new website will be live soon, I know one of the added features is a buy now button next to the brand, something consumers have been asking for.

For more information go to www.hollywoodrated.com or email info@hollywoodrated.com.

Hollywood Rated, features score inside a star.
Hollywood Rated, features score inside a star.
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Hollywood Rated

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Hollywood Rated

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Hollywood Rated

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StoreVino Wine Rack Review

I have/drink a lot of wine, not a day goes by that I don’t buy a bottle, receive bottle or take a bottle to a dinner or party. STOREVINO Nero is my new best friend. This simple solution, keeps all my wine organized in one place and I can add to it as my wine collection grows.

STORVINO Nero was described to me as legos for adults. A wine storage solution that can be put anywhere, under your kitchen counter, in a closet, garage or stacked in a room. Each plastic crate holds six bottles, it can be put upright for transferring bottles or on it’s side and stacked. You can stack them 10 high and as wide as you want. To stabilize each one is connected to another using a wine cork (photo below). Made in the USA using 100% recycled material. The size 10.25” H x 11.75” W x 8” D and weights 2.6 lbs. and the cost is around $20 each. For transporting wine the handles on either side make it easy.

The STOREVINO Nero modular system is so clever I keep asking myself why didn’t I think of that!

Wine Storage Solution
Wine Storage Solution
Storvino Cork Connector for Connectiong One STORVINO to another
Storvino Cork Connector for Connectiong One STORVINO to another

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Barefoot Sweet Red Wine

Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Review

Get Barefoot, Wine and have a great time, with Barefoot Sweet Red Wine, highly recommended to me. So I had to give it a try, and what do I think, Fun Wine! We were barbecuing and there was a little of everything to eat and drink, we opened a bottle of Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and it was a hit.

I looked it up, on their site they recommend it chilled, chill out wine! Tastes, rip, explosive flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and luscious cherry. Time to uncork, summer, summer, summertime, right about that, it is sweet, light and fruity perfect for summer. Barefoot recommends pairing Barefoot Sweet Red Wine with grilled veggies, marinated steaks and BBQ.

Price – $6.99 – 750mL Bottle, it is sweet, but it also says clearly on the label Sweet Red Wine. I don’t usually drink sweet but I did like it, I usually recommend wine with food, yet you can drink this straight. Also we did try making a Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Wine Cooler (s) (tall Collins glass with ice, fill half way with Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and the other half with 7-Up, garnish with a cherry). We also made Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Wine Spritzer (s) (tall Collins glass with ice, fill half way with Barefoot Sweet Red Wine and the other half with club soda, garnish with a lemon twist). Super refreshing and a whole lot of fun, for the price you can’t beat it!

Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Front Of Bottle
Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Front Of Bottle
Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Back Of Bottle
Barefoot Sweet Red Wine Back Of Bottle
Barefoot Sweet Red Wine
Barefoot Sweet Red Wine

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Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Average $2,500 ($1,900 to $7,495)

Opening up a bottle of Screaming Eagle 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is always a great night. The ratings are always consistently high yet if I were rating this wine tonight it would be 100%, my research shows drink within the next 10 years, why wait. Tasting notes from everyone tonight, delicious, amazingly complex and purely textured, this wine is structured perfectly with silky tannin, spice, fruit, bright, hints of smoke, licorice, perfectly balanced, finesse, refined, intense, full bodied and very approachable. Outstanding with the main course, steak and garden vegetables, a perfect pairing at an outdoor setting area next to the fire.

Facts- There was only 800, 12-bottle cases made.

Vintage – 2004
Producer – Screaming Eagle
Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon
Region – California
Sub Region – Napa Valley
Appellation – Oakville
Country – USA
Color – Dark Ruby Red, Violet, Purple Color
Nose – Sweet cassis aromas, black raspberry, ripe cherry, mocha, smoke, some licorice, vanilla, cassis and hint of camphor.
Notes – Balanced, pure, beautifully textured, opulent, and forward.
Finish – It does tighten, with a long persistent finish.

Over all vintages this was the 50th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year, search rank last month was 33rd. The Wine-Searcher score of 94/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Cellar Tracker – 95/100
Stephen Tanzer – 94/100
Robert Parker – 95/100
Wine Spectator -94/100
Price History over the last 5 years – $2,000-$2,500

2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon was made in Oakville, Napa Valley by far some of the most expensive viticultural real estate in the area. Bottled by screaming Eagle Alcohol 14.8% By Volume.

Screaming Eagle, the most asked question is always about taste, quality, price, and do they all measure up? I have a one word answer, “perfection”.

Front of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Front of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Back of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
Back of Bottle 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon

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