Category: General

GeneralWine Snob 101: Popular Types of Wine

 
One of my favorite college memories is of the time I lived in France and my host brother brought me and a friend to a wine tasting party. While they all tasted kinda gross at the time, the experience really sparked my interest in wines, their histories, and their creation. 
 
However, there are a dang LOT of different kinds. Even now, I am confused half the time about what I’m drinking unless I read the bottle or Google. BUT…having a general idea of what you’re drinking is a really good knowledge to have, especially if you’re bringing a bottle as a hostess gift or serving it with a meal. 
 
As such, I’ve created a list of some popular kinds of wine you might find in the supermarket, what they taste like, and what you might serve them with. I’ve left out a ton, but hopefully these will get you off to a good start!
 
White Wines
 
 

Chardonnay
Taste:  Wide bodied, buttery, velvety, and often with fruity citrus and melon, as well as creamy coffee, coconut, toffee, and vanilla flavors
Pairing:  Fish, Salmon, Chicken
 
Pinot Grigio
Taste: Crisp and dry 
Pairing: Versatile
 
Savignon Blanc
Taste: Normally shows a herbal character suggesting bell pepper or freshly mown grass. The dominating flavors range from sour green fruits of apples, pears and gooseberries through to tropical fruits of melon, mango and blackcurrant.
Pairing: Seafood, poultry, salads
 
Reisling
Taste: Light and fresh with an aroma of fresh apples 
Pairing: Chicken, pork, and especially fishes like tuna and salmon. Also good with Japanese food
 
 
Reds Wines
 
 
Pinot Noir
Taste: Delicate and fresh; it has hints of cherry and strawberry, often with notes of tea-leaf, damp earth, or worn leather.
Pairing: Excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes (especially sushi!).
 
Cabernet Savignon
Taste: Full-bodied, but firm when young. Hints of Current, bell peppers, and oftentimes vanilla
Pairing: Red meat
 
Merlot
TasteScents include blackcherry, plums and herbal flavors
Pairing: Versatile
 
Zinfandel
TasteA zesty flavor with berry and pepper.
Pairing Tomato-sauce pasta, pizza, and grilled and barbecued meats.
 
Syrah
TasteMeat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.)
PairingAromas and flavors of wild black fruit (such as blackcurrant), with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat. 
 
Others Wines
 

 
White Zinfandel
Taste: Aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with a subtle sweetness
Pairing: Good for cooling down spicy foods or for a refreshing drink on hot days
 
Moscato
Taste: Sweet and fruity
Pairing:  Desserts!

Santé!
 
(Wine info paraphrased or quoted directly from French Scout. Pics courtesy of Pinterest.com.)

GeneralMemories of Paris

Can’t quite afford a trip across the pond at the moment? Then daydream your way through Paris with this collection of “memories” I’ve composed especially for all of YOU lovely LuLu*s ladies! 

Preparing for the trip 

 

Finding transportation

 
  
Sightseeing
 
  
 
Strolling past fragrant bakeries and charming cafes


 
Touring the museums 

 

Shopping on the Champs-Élysées  


 
Drinking wine by the Seine 


 
Snapshot memories


  
Falling in love
 
 
 
(Pics courtesy of Pinterest, We Heart It, and Google Images.)

GeneralSite to See: Dear Blank, Please Blank

 
We had this idea for a website, mostly because Hans had a bad experience. So we built it, and now you’re here… Welcome.” That’s Hans, as in Hans Johnson, presumably written by Jared Wunsch, the co-founders of the website that is about to eat the rest of your afternoon. Dear Blank, Please Blank is the best time-waster I’ve found in months (though I am particularly adept at this task).
 
 
 
 
Since these pictures ARE essentially reading… I’ll keep it short. The content of Dear Blank, Please Blank is user-generated, and pretty self-explanatory, which means that, while predominantly hilarious, it can also be dumb. The best part: because we all want to feel like our opinion matters, DBPB offers these eloquent options for your clicking pleasure: How Dare They, You’re a Douche, Hilarious, I Like This, and Umm, WTF?!. Because sometimes the writer deserves a high-five, and others, a slap to the face.
 
 
 
And if you’re really, really loving this, you can purchase these letterpressed prints from Etsy, in collaboration with Sapling Press (though half of them are just photshopped by DeMilked).
 
 

 
 
Submissions are moderated by Jared’s cat Louie. If your submissions aren’t being approved, it’s because Louie is now accepting cans of tuna fish as bribes for approvals (four cans usually gets one submission approved.) Alternately, you can try rewriting your submissions, only this time make them funny.

Also, Attack of the Cute. Same guys, different site.
 
(Images courtesy of DeMilked & Etsy)

GeneralLookie Loo’s Rejoice: It’s Agyness Deyn’s Apartment!

 

 
Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and famous… Since I don’t receive personal invitations to visit the flats of supermodels as often as I’d like, I always seize the opportunity to play lookie loo when the opportunity strikes. So, I give you Agyness Deyn’s Williamsburg apartment, currently listed at $2.5 million, complete with leopard print carpet, mirrors and marble galore, and even a hot air balloon chandelier to top it all off. I’ll call it ecclectic ; but just know, this is exactly how I like to imagine my supermodels living. Beige just wouldn’t suit her.
 
Here is your map, now try not to get dizzy.
 










 
So, does this home deserve the #2 spot on Curbed‘s list of New York City’s Ugliest Apartments of the Year, or are you ready to move in??
 
(Images courtesy of Oyster Magazine & Curbed NY)

GeneralAround the Warehouse: New Year’s Resolutions


Anybody see where 2011 went? I seem to have misplaced it . . .

This year has gone so fast! Seriously, it seems like no time has passed, but then I realize how much really HAS happened and it’s a bit daunting. I finished grad school, moved to a new house, traveled the world, and learned how to surf…and yet, there is still so much I wanted to do! 
 
Luckily, the new year brings a new start and another chance to do new things. I polled some of the girls around the warehouse to see what they were resolving to do in 2012.
 
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Brittani:  Live a little! Not go to bed at 9 and experience life. And learn to speak French.

Liz:  You know who you are. Get over my ex.
 
Lindsay:  Be kinder to people and not let the little things get to me.
 
Amy:  Strengthen current relationships and meet new people.
 
Katie:  Get up early with my boyfriend and walk our dog before and after work. We have to get in shape for Portugal!
 
Kellen:  Work on my green thumb. I want to learn how to garden for our new yard! 
 
Rene:  See Neil Young one more time before he stops touring
 
Karen:  Learn how to teach English in Prague.
 
Caitlin:  Continue to maintain my resolution to never make a resolution.
 
Annie: Read more books!
 
Sienna:  Carry out what I hope to achieve.
 
Valerie: Walk at least 30 minutes a day.
 
Cara:  Visit New York! It’s been forever, and I miss it dearly!
 
Stephanie: Love unconditionally, everyday.
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Not sure what your resolutions are going to be? Maybe this list of the top 2011 celebrity resolutions will help inspire you!