Looking for an Intern

Saturday, August 2, 2014 1 No tags 0

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Hello all! Guess what? There’s this movie that’s coming out this Fall. It’s a workplace comedy set in Los Angeles starring me and someone else awesome that shall have the title of intern! Haha. See what I did there? All right, all right let’s just go ahead and get to business.

Here are the deets:

Hiring a part-time intern (10-15 hours/week) to work on ongoing projects for both Bottle Stock and Whitney A. Needs: basic photoshop and writing skills, a car, a sense of humor, to love wine/cocktails/food, the ability to organize, to be proactive and to think outside the box. A great opportunity to learn about all things wine, creating online content (videos, blog, writing), building a brand, marketing and PR, product development, and managing a small retail/wholesale business. Local LA hire only. Will work mainly onsite at home office as well as some offsite hours. Unpaid (school credit if applicable), with potential for paid events.

Email resume and cover letter (and anything else of relevancy/humor) to whitney@whitneya.com. Thanks!

Photo by Betsy Newman

A Bubbly Snack at Biondivino, San Francisco

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1 , , 0

What is a bubbly snack? It’s sparkling wine aka the best kind of snack! Now that we’ve got that covered, I’ll tell you where I enjoyed said snack. When I was in San Francisco last month, I finally got to stop in for a visit to see Ceri at Biondivino. I met Ceri four years ago during a press trip to Italy and learned of her Italian wine shop in Russian Hill. Please don’t ask me why it took so long to get my ass in there.

The wine racks at Biondivino

Perhaps the wait was worth it? ‘Twas. Biondivino is the very definition of a neighborhood wine shop. During the hour I was there, Ceri popped open a bottle of La Collina Malvasia for us, shared some amazing chocolate and greeted regulars and dogs and friends with a lot of warmth and a big smile. A neighbor even brought Ceri a ton of fresh produce from her garden. And a teenager that lives down the block stopped in just to say hi. I was like, what is this amazing eutopia?! I’ll just put down a blow up mattress on the floor at night and call this home. OK thanks.

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Drinking wine at Biondivino

This is why you should support your small local wine shops. The service is personal, the selection is thoughtful and the wines are special. No more Trader Joe’s ya hear?

Summer Spritzer in Chicago with We Do & Bottle Stock

Sunday, July 27, 2014 3 , 0

A few weeks ago, I co-hosted a fun little party in Chicago appropriately named Summer Spritzer. Because, you know, it’s summer and we served WINE SPRITZERS. My bestie Dean is a super talented designer, stylist and wedding/events producer and she, along with Hidden Folk‘s Viktor Van Bramer, are soon to launch an amazing one stop shop wedding services company called We Do. I was in town and the three of us figured we should throw a party to celebrate, drink wine, eat fried chicken and meet new friends while hanging on an amazing Chicago rooftop deck. That’s just how we think.

Wonderful Wine Co. at Summer Spritzer

Wine Spritzer

We had some amazing sponsors, one being my homies over at Club W. They sent us some crisp, clean and fresh rosé  and riesling to work with for our spritzers. For the riesling, I served that with a splash of Orangina, orange bitters, lime and basil. The rosé got some lemon, soda and sliced strawberries. Super simple and so refreshing. PS- when making spritzers I like to stick with a 3:1 ratio of wine to soda. But, basically, just have fun with it. It’s hard to mess them up.

If you’re ever throwing a party and stumped with what food to serve, we have two words for you – fried chicken. Well, four words if you include donut holes, ’cause why not throw that into the mix while you’re at it. Zero fuss, 100% delicious and total crowd pleasers. Take your diet elsewhere thank you.

Fried chicken and donut holes

Q & É: Yes Way Rosé

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 0 No tags 0

Nikki and Erica of Yes Way Rose

When I first discovered Erica and Nikki of  Yes Way Rosé  I felt like I’d met my soul sisters, my kindred spirits…my  wine wives. Their approach to wine and life is very much like mine – they have a sense of humor and an obsession with rosé, eating, fashion and puns. They seem like the friends you want to drink multiple bottles of wine with and then do just about anything. They live in New York, are best friends, and have pretty amazing day jobs. But their very clever why-didn’t-I-think-of-that “yes way rosé” meme turned into, like, a whole thing. So, they got an Instagram account (and a following), and started making apparel and accessories. I fully believe that, fortified by the power of rosé, they can do anything. 

 

Knowing that palates evolve, what did you drink when you were younger (ahem, Strawberry Hill) that you are super embarrassed about?
E: The first summer I started to drink I was a camp counselor and we all drank Icehouse beer on tap and Kamikaze shots. I’m not quite sure how I did it now, but at the time I definitely thought it was the best thing ever.
N: I’ve never been a beer drinker, so when I was in high school I went for anything that tasted sweet, like wine coolers or Zima. Not that I didn’t drink a 40 or two in my time (peer pressure!).
When you’re NOT drinking rosé, what do you drink?
E: My non-alcoholic beverage of choice is the jasmine iced tea from Saltie in Williamsburg. On the list of favorite beverages it’s the first after rosé. I also like a variety of red wine in the winter, Templeton Rye whiskey, and l love a good beer. I want to learn a bit more about tequila, so that’s something to explore more in the future. 
N: I like to keep it pretty simple, it’s rosé or whiskey on the rocks (usually Jameson). Unfortunately, not every dive bar in NYC has rosé so you need a solid back up. I also like mojitos and fun cocktails on a super hot day or when i’m on vacation.
lobster rolls and rose
 
Your favorite spot in NYC to go for drinks and eats? Like, where everybody knows your name and it feels like home away from home.
E & N: Walter Foods in Willamsburg. They make an amazing Caesar salad, which is not something you even think about until you try it and are like, this is the best Caesar salad. They also serve food late and have a great rosé by the glass (Gueissard, Provence).