Crushed Ice (Almost) Always

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1 No tags 1

I have a thing for crushed ice. I have yet to find a beverage that it does not improve. My love affair began in grade school, when I would tuck into a booth at the soda fountain in the rear of my neighborhood pharmacy, Wheeler’s. I would get a griddled hot dog and an ice cold root beer over an enormous amount of crushed ice pebbles. It was heaven. It still is heaven. I’m lady that enjoys simple pleasures. And let us not forget that I am a Kentuckian, that the mint julep is practically our state cocktail, and it cannot exist with mounds of crushed ice. I could go on and on, but the main evidence has been presented.

Since I don’t own a fancy fridge that can easily spit out crushed ice by the millisecond and I’m lazy (and abhor crushing ice with a mallet in a bag by hand), I was THRILLED when W&P Design came out with their new line of Peak Ice Works ice cube trays. Their recent addition? Crushed ice trays! I squealed when I got it in the mail. The mold is shallow and thin, so the water freezes fast and crumbles easily right into your glass.

If you need to find me, I’ll be in the kitchen drinking just about anything I can over this ice. Like, say, a crisp G + T with lots of lime.

Lazy Bitch: Tinto de Verano aka Easy Sangria

Friday, August 19, 2016 3 No tags 2

As an official Lazy Bitch, summer is kind of my season. It’s hot out and therefore slightly more acceptable to just avoid all the emails in your inbox and go to the beach instead. And drink things on said beach. I’m a big fan of uncomplicated cocktails – I’m talking three ingredients or less. I’m also a fan of chilled red wine. This, my friends, is both.

Tinto de Verano (red wine of summer) is a thing in Spain. It’s a light red wine with lemon-lime soda over ice. It’s basically like a sangria. But EASIER. I suggest using any $15 and under unoaked red. And I like sticking with the roots of the drink and going Spanish with it. Garnacha or Tempranillo would be great, but so would Gamay or Pinot. You kind of can’t go wrong. Stick a citrus garnish on that sucker and you’re set. Drink and repeat all summer.

Photo by Jeremy Dempe

Travel with Whitney: Burgundy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 0 No tags 0

I am a lucky lady. I literally pinch myself sometimes (on the forearm, to be specific). When I started working in wine I kind of knew I would get to travel a bit and see the wine regions of the world, but I never would’ve imagined all those years ago how much I’ve been able to get my butt on a plane and explore. And this summer, I was invited to Burgundy by Atout France and Bourgogne Tourisme! I would’ve been an idiot to not accept, right? Right.

Burgundy is a region I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s one of the most famous wine regions in the world and somehow I’ve managed to never actually go there. I love Burgundy wines (who doesn’t?) and couldn’t wait to spend 5 days drinking A LOT of them. And eating. And riding bikes through vineyards. And drinking and eating some more.

We started our trip in Dijon, making our way to Beaune, with stops in Chablis, Vézelay, Puligny Montrachet, Nantoux, Mercurey, and more. We had a bright red car and an itinerary. And thirst.

And guess what? We filmed the whole thing. Take a look at the video below to see all of the adventures!