5 Best Summer Vacation Destinations for Newlyweds

Wedding planning can be quite stressful. Choosing the right venue, menu, and everything else can leave you exhausted. What is not stressful and exhausting is traveling with your beloved and enjoying your time together. Whether you are planning a honeymoon right after the wedding or waiting to have your first vacation as newlyweds, do everything you can to make it the best vacation. Where you go is important, so take a look at these five suggestions that could be your next summer vacation destination.

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques is a charming and romantic island belonging to Puerto Rico. It is an example of pre-industrial life in Puerto Rico. The natives are very caring of the island and its nature, so Vieques remains a well preserved tropical haven perfect for romantic getaways. There are many beautiful sandy beaches here, the water is clear blue and perfect for swimming. You can have long days on the beach sunbathing and swimming when it gets too hot. The unspoiled nature of the island also means there are lush green forests where you can go hiking or riding a horse. The most interesting part of visiting Vieques will definitely be seeing wild horses running around the island freely. This is truly a nature sanctuary and you are bound to have a lovely and relaxing time here.

Santorini, Greece

This little slice of traveler’s haven is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea and it is a well-known travel destination by now. Many travelers have visited this mesmerizing island and you should consider having a romantic getaway there, too. White houses with blue details set on cliff sides of the island rising from the dark blue sea are a well-recognized sight of Santorini and one you must experience for yourself. There are many trails on the island you can walk down to get to know it better. Enjoy the day on the beach and wait to see the sun set on the beautiful horizon. Santorini is also a great place for wine lovers. The island is known for its indigenous white grapes Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani. They are used to produce a variety of white wines and Vinsanto dessert wine. Vinsanto has been produced here since ancient times and it has a great reputation, so don’t miss a chance to try it.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is unlike the previous suggestions. This is a big city known for its beautiful architecture, great food and nightlife, and friendly people. If you pick Sydney as your destination, make sure to take a walk through different parts of it. The view of the Sydney Harbour, which is considered one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, is a must-see. Here you can also climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world’s biggest steel arch bridge, and soak in the best view of the city. The best part of visiting Sydney during summer in the northern hemisphere is that in Sydney, it is winter. Winter in Australia is mild, the average temperature is about 15 °C and it almost never snows. You will be able to walk around the city without getting too hot and cool down a bit if you are coming from somewhere warm. While here, you can visit some of the most beautiful beaches and parks, try the local cuisine, and have fun like a native going to their favorite hangouts. Della Hyde is a bar frequently visited by locals and it is a great place to have a few drinks and get to know the real Sydney.

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Aman Sveti Stefan is a fortified island village in Montenegro. You should visit this island if you are hoping to have a luxurious and relaxing vacation with the best views around. Even Lord Byron said, “At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast.” The most beautiful encounter between land and sea in Montenegro is definitely Aman Sveti Stefan. Here you will find a beautiful historic fortress, beaches, and mesmerizing views of the Montenegrin Mountains. Get to know the best of Montenegro, relax by the sea, and have a romantic vacation at one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne is the place to visit for music lovers. The Lucerne Festival is a series of classical music festivals taking place in Lucerne every year. The biggest part of it is the Summer Festival featuring over a hundred events. If you and your beloved love classical music, spend your summer vacation in Lucerne listening to the best performances it has to offer. This old town is surrounded by mountains and it is set on the shore of Lake Lucerne. The beauty of its natural surroundings will take your breath away. You can enjoy nature, the historic architecture of the town, and the festivities while here.

Maison St-Germain VIP Opening Night Hosted By Lily Kwong

Last night in New York, Chloe Wise, Ben Bronfman, and Kate Foley celebrated with model-turned-landscape artist, Lily Kwong, to kick off the first day of summer at the VIP Opening of Maison St-Germain. In celebration of the thousands of delicate elderflowers harvested once a year to create St-Germain French liqueur, Lily Kwong created a geometric hedge maze and canopy of fresh flora and fauna with Dan Flavin-inspired luminosity for the exclusive private event which took place on the High Line.

The bohemian-chic crowd mingled throughout the immersive installation, sipping on St-Germain cocktail pairings by St-Germain Global Ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal, with beats by DJ Mia Moretti, while fabulous French hors d’oeuvres were served throughout. The evening was layered with performances by Artistic director Mafalda Millies and choreographer Nathan Mitchell, who teamed up to present the The-Solar-Do-Nothing-Dance. In honor of the longest day of the year when the earth’s axis is most aligned with the sun, their spinning and sparkling performance-take-over, paid homage to one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity: Charles and Ray Eames' Solar-Do-Nothing Machine (1957).

Notable guests included: Jenné Lombardo, Cleo Wade, Ben Bronfman (musician),Rushka Bergman, Timo Weiland, Sabine Heller, Kate Greer, Margot, Kate Foley, Ben Pundhole, Eddie Granger, Martha Hunt, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Georgia Fowle, Brianna Lance, Britt Maren, Mariah Strongin (model), Mari Malek, Aurora James, Browne Andrews, Cara Santana, Garrett Neff, and socials, TK and Cipriana Quann, Kelly Framel, Jenny Albright, and Julia Loomis.Following the VIP opening, the installation will be up for select consumers the next day before florals and foliage are donated to non-profit organization, Roots of Peace, which is led by model-turned philanthropist Kyleigh Kuhn.

Photos courtesy of BFA

Looking to bring this type of party in your own home? Make one of their signature cocktails the Printemps

  • 1 oz Oxley gin
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Martini Ambratto
  • 2 dashes orange blossom salive solution
  • Rock glass – basil flower (or just basil)

“The Printemps cocktail is fresh like spring – incorporating basil, orange blossom, and of course St-Germain. There is an interesting blend of botanical and floral notes with a slight bitterness.” – Camille Ralph Vidal, St-Germain Global Ambassador

Prideful Drinks

Cool down in the hot summer with these drinks filled with Pride.

Whether you celebrate Pride in Fire Island or need to cool off by the pool with friends, you'll want the Love in a Mist! It features NOLET’S Gin, lemon, hibiscus and a gold sugar rim, perfectly beautiful and delicious for any Pride celebration.

Love in a Mist - Created by Veronica Correa of FIFTY Commerce

  • 1.5 oz NOLET’S Silver Gin
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz Blanc Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz Hibiscus Syrup*
  1. Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a tulip glass.                                                                                                            
  2. Garnish: a light grating of black peppercorn on top, or a sprinkling of gold sugar on the side of the glass                                            
  3. Method: Steep hibiscus in water, and add twice the amount of sugar as water, dissolve.
Love in a Mist

Love in a Mist

The official Vodka of New York City Pride, Reyka, made this specialty cocktail

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

  • 1 ¾ parts Reyka Vodka
  • ¾ part fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ part maple syrup B grade
  • ¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • Top soda water

Method: Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker and strain and serve.

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Sometimes you just can't make a cocktail, for those who want to open a bottle check out go to wines.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis AC, Drouhin-Vaudon 2015 -This is a dry and fruity wine, that's easy to drink. With fresh aromas of citrus (lemon or grapefruit), you'll find notes of fern or coriander as well. This mineral-rich drink will be the go-to drink for when you just want to open a bottle or 2 with a pleasant and long aftertaste.

Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2016 Rosé -. Produced in the traditional saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this structured, dry rosé is bursting with red fruit flavors and aromas, like raspberry and red currant, and balanced with an intriguing minerality on the finish. It pairs beautifully with a great variety of summer foods.

Smoke Tree Rosé 2016 - This blend of primarily Grenache and Zinfandel with smaller percentages of Carignan, Tempranillo, and Mouvedre offers aromas of white cherry, white peach, and yellow nectarine. The palate is vibrant with flavors of crabapple, quince, and crisp nectarine. The finish is dry and refreshing. Pairs well with summer salads, or even fried chicken.

 

A Suburban House Within a Manhattan Co-Op

Need space? You've got it at this Triple-mint 15-room duplex residence spanning 4,863sq.ft. and offers 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a library/den, media room, home office, home gym, and plentiful storage. If this doesn't appeal to you the number one space with the residence is it's own private parking space! Asking for $8,995,000 this meticulously designed and renovated, this rarely available apartment has East, South, West and North exposures and offers a flexible floor plan and amenities found typically only in a suburban home.

A gracious limestone Entry Foyer with a large mud room. The expansive living and dining rooms have oversized windows providing abundant natural light, and seamlessly flow into the adjacent library/den, and into the large windowed eat-in kitchen which is sun-flooded with open southern exposures.

The Chef's Kitchen features a large island with honed Calacatta marble counters and backsplash, custom Christopher Peacock cabinetry, a 6-burner Viking range with grill and vented hood, SubZero refrigerator, 2 Fisher-Paykel dishwashers, a 147-bottle SubZero wine refrigerator and an additional SubZero refrigerator and freezer drawers for entertaining. The kitchen is equipped with ample pantry cabinetry, a secured liquor cabinet, a coffee/tea breakfast area and an integrated computer/printer and message center all conveniently located within the kitchen.

Off the entertaining areas is a large guest coat closet and formal powder room. The paneled hallway leads to the private bedroom wing with four bedrooms including a 2nd master suite with a large walk-in double Spa shower and double sink vanity, as well as an oversized storage room and laundry/utility closet with Miele washer & dryer and storage cabinets.

A graceful stairway brings you to the upper level, to a large lounge or play area that opens to a spacious windowed home office and homework room with custom built-in desks and bookshelves. The apartment also has its own expansive recreation room equipped with 3 built-in TVs, surround sound, SubZero refrigerator, wine cooler, and Miele dishwasher, which connects to the well-appointed home gym, with Cybex weight training equipment, treadmill and elliptical machines; as well as its own full bathroom.

The corner master bedroom suite has a large windowed walk-in closet, and an adjacent private sitting room, that can also be the perfect glamor room, and a large spa-like marble bathroom with double-sink vanity, separate WC, a glass-enclosed marble and polished nickel large rain shower, and separate whirlpool soaking tub.

Additional features include new sound-attenuating windows with UV coating to protect floors and artworks, each room has individual thermostatic temperature controls, smart home Crestron system, Lutron lighting control system, built-in sound system, and is wired for home security cameras and a security alarm.

Lauren Muss and Michael Orme of Douglas Elliman are the listing agents.

For more information, you can find the listing here

40 Floors Above Trump Towers

Ever wanted to live in one of the world's most protected building? Located at 721 Fifth Avenue Trump Tower is in the midst of possibly the most celebrated high-end shopping in the world. This famed condominium offers full-time doormen and concierge service, attended elevators, valet and maid service, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking Central Park.

This sprawling fully furnished two bedroom apartment is located 40 floors above 5th Avenue, this elegant south facing unit is flooded with dazzling light and is pin drop quiet. Encompassing 1,600 sq ft, this apartment features spectacular floor to ceiling windows with full skyline and partial river views with extraordinary light from full walls of floor to ceiling glass in the living room and bedrooms.

40 B has a gracious entry foyer that leads to a grand living room and adjoining dining area, all with sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan. This apartment has recently been renovated, including a fantastic chef's kitchen, electric shades/blinds throughout, and upscale custom furniture including items from Roche-Bobois. 

This building is perfect as a pied-à-terre for those who are in town for work, or for those in town to see the newest broadway hit. 2 bedrooms that make it family friendly and to be your home away from home. 

Spectacular even by New York standards, Trump Tower at 721 Fifth Avenue embodies a certain vision of a bold, successful lifestyle.  A mirrored atrium hums with shoppers riding the crisscrossed escalators to the building's lower retail floors. Though the building's residential condos have a more restrained entrance on 56th Street, the public lobby on Fifth Avenue leading to the tower's upscale retail shops and restaurants provides a big dose of no-holds-barred glamour.

The landmark skyscraper stands among some of Manhattan's most exclusive establishments on Fifth Avenue, including The Plaza Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany's and Louis Vuitton. Though its greatest triumphs are an unbeatable location near Central Park, stunning city and park views in almost all apartments, unmistakable flair and adventurous architecture, amenities include an attended lobby with a 24-hour valet, concierge, maid service, a fitness center, central A/C, interconnecting landscaped walkways, a garden and a courtyard.

Michael Passaro of the Holly Parker team at Douglas Elliman is the listing agent.

This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

What Is a Horizontal Tasting?

Are people always asking you how to get into wine? You've already done the research and drank the bottles but now you can host your very own Horizontal Tasting to teach those who are a little unfamiliar.  This is one of the easiest ways to teach beginner level wine drinkers about specific regions of the world. 

All you need to do is set-up a tasting with one grape varietal, such as Pinot Noir, to showcase how different weather, temperature, and soil can create a big difference of aromatics and flavor in your glass. You and your group will taste through each wine recognizing characteristics like aromatics, texture, acid, tannin, and flavors and as you move to the next wine each guest will see, smell and taste the change in region.

Below is our selection of wines for you to try during your next horizontal tasting. Feel free to get creative make your own Horizontal Tasting using other types of wines.

California- Sonoma County Region: St. Francis Winery Pinot Noir 2014v

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards source their Pinot Noir fruit from the cooler areas of Sonoma County where fog from the Pacific Ocean rolls in at night during the summer, dropping temperatures substantially. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity. To capture the distinct varietal characteristics of each vineyard, the lots are fermented separately starting with a five to ten day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. 

Food Pairing: Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables and light pasta dishes.

Argentina- Río Negro Valley Region: BARDA BY BODEGA CHACRA 2014v 

Barda is 100% Pinot Noir. The fruit is produced at “Treinta y Dos” and “Cincuenta y Cinco” vineyards, with 20-year-old vines. The fruit is hand harvested with no automated mechanization used at any stage of the production process.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with roast beef, salmon, swordfish, and pasta's with meat or seafood sauces.

Burgundy Region: Maison Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint Jacques Premier Cru 2013v 

There are 26 Premiers Crus in Gevrey-Chambertin, of which half are located in the valley called Combe de Lavaux, on calcareous and clay soil with marl. Clos Saint Jacques is oriented to the southeast and has only five owners. The Pinot Noir grapes are fermented in vats for up to 4 weeks, and then the wine is matured in oak barrels for 18 to 20 months.

Food Pairing: Serve with game, meats, mushroom dishes and strong cheeses.

15 Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science (+6 Delicious Recipes)

In times of celebration, a wine toast may be just one of the most awaited part by many. Popping open the cork while the velvety oaked aroma fills the air and flowing effervescent liquid comes out from the bottle gives excitement to everyone.

The bubbly wine is usually used to commemorate joyous occasions in one's life as it symbolizes royalty and reflects love. But aside from taking part in celebrations, wines come with a host of important benefits.

The wine has undergone intensive studies over the years and it has been proven to be an effective elixir. Who says a man needs a fountain of youth to live a long life? Pour yourself a glass of wine from the wine cooler and bottle up some knowledge to find out the surprising benefits.

1. Drinking Wine Supports Longevity of Life

Resveratrol is a polyphenol that can be found most especially in red wines. It is a powerful antioxidant that can be found in grape skin and red grape juice. Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals that can damage our cells and organs.

Studies show that resveratrol promotes health and longevity by increasing the activity of a protein called sirtuins. Sirtuins are responsible in protecting the body against diseases of aging. (1)

Several studies have suggested that alcohol consumption, particularly wines, have shown health benefits that lead to longer life spans. Nonetheless, these studies emphasize that positive benefits only come with moderate consumption.

Key Takeaway: If you want to protect your body against diseases of aging, consuming a moderate amount of wine gives positive health benefits that may lead to long life.

2. Drinking Wine Helps Keep Our Hearts Healthy

Since ancient times, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have become a known, life-threatening problem for the world.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), up to the present time, many people are still dying annually from CVD than from any other diseases and it has been the number 1 cause of mortality and morbidity all around the globe. (2)

Many researchers have shown that intake of polyphenols is associated with a reduced risk of CVD. Wines contain polyphenols which can be actively found in flavonoids that also has putative antioxidant properties.

These polyphenols once again are called resveratrol which may help protect the lining of the blood vessel in the heart. Consuming 1 to 2 drinks per day (4 to 8 ounces) may reduce the risk of CVDs.

Drinking wine may help in decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) also known as bad cholesterol which may cause artery damage while increasing the body’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which also known as good cholesterol which may reduce the risk for heart disease. Moreover, wine prevents the formation of blood clots. (3)

Key Takeaway: Drinking 4 to 8 ounces of wine per day may lower the risk of having CVD because of the polyphenols that it contains.

3. Drinking Wine Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Type-2 Diabetes

Type-2 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus) is a lifelong metabolic disorder that is characterized by the way your body metabolizes glucose (sugar). Sugar levels build up in your bloodstream because there’s no enough insulin that can regulate the movement of sugar into your cells. (4)

The number of people suffering from diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly up to the present time. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), drinking red wine - or any moderate amount of alcoholic beverages can lower blood sugar up to 24 hours.

However, people with Type-2 Diabetes have typically been advised to reduce their alcohol consumption to have a better control of their blood glucose levels. Because of this, ADA recommends checking your blood sugar before you drink, while you drink and after you drink to make sure that it is on the safe level.

Do not drink on an empty stomach because it can lower glucose level even further.

Key Takeaway: Wine drinking can lower blood sugar up to 24 hours in moderate consumption.

4. Wine Has Been Found To Have Anticancer Effects

Cancer ranks the second leading cause of death in the world. Cancer developed from the transformation of normal cells into tumor cells that may be malignant or benign.

Wines contain antioxidants - a substance that may prevent cell damage. Anti-oxidants found in wine such as resveratrol, quercetin, catechin and gallic acid destroys cancer cells and improving the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments.

These antioxidants make tumor cells more sensitive to radiation and making normal tissue less sensitive. (5)

Do not underestimate the growing power of a bottle of red. Red grape, one of the basic ingredients in red wine, suppresses the activity of aromatase which can be an effective approach to preventing the development of breast cancer.

Also, a recent study shows that three or more glasses wine in a week can lower the chances of having abnormal colon growth that can lead to colon cancer.

Red wine could be a key to fighting prostate cancer too. Thanks to the grape compound called resveratrol that makes tumor cells more sensitive to treatment. Researchers have found that an average of four to seven glasses of wine per week gives only 52% chances to men of having prostate cancer than for those who do not drink.

Key Takeaway: Wine contains antioxidants which can help prevent cancer and improve the efficacy of cancer therapies.

5. The Nutrients In Wine Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

People growing always have the fear of losing all their precious memories. Some believe it is inevitable, however, there are literally hundreds of ways that one can prevent it. One of these methods is by drinking wine.

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental process that is gradually taking place during old age. Studies show that wine consumption can reduce the risk of having dementia which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a developing mental deterioration that can occur as one aged. Again, resveratrol found in wines help in keeping blood vessels open, so that essential supply of oxygen and glucose can move freely to the brain to keep it alive and working. (6)

Key Takeaway: Resveratrol which can be found on wine keeps the blood vessels free from blockages that can affect brain functions in retaining memories.

6. Drinking Wine Can Keep Depression At Bay

Depression has been common but serious disorder for some people because it can affect how you feel, think and handle everyday activities. This may sound contradicting, as most people know that alcohol consumption can worsen one's depression or anxiety. In spite of that, drinking a glass of wine per week can turn into a depression-fighting depressant.

A seven-year study conducted by PREDIMED analyzed 5,500 individuals of light to moderate drinkers and found that individuals who drank two to seven glasses of wine in a week were less prone to depression than non-drinkers.

Again, this is about drinking in moderation because on the same study those who drank heavy alcoholic beverages were more prone to depression. (7)

Key Takeaway: Enjoying two to seven glasses of wine in a week may be your remedy for depression.

7. Drinking Wine Can Give You Healthier Skin

High levels of antioxidants in wine, when applied directly to the skin can inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and are beneficial in maintaining a healthy skin. Antioxidants rejuvenate the skin, increase skin elasticity and keep the skin bright and glowing.

In consuming wine as a drink, wine can stimulate blood circulation that can prevent wrinkle formation and skin aging. However, when one drinks in excess, it makes hormone flow lose its balance and may cause skin dehydration and aggravate chances of acne. (8)

Key Takeaway: Wine contains antioxidants and polyphenols that are essential to keep the skin healthy.

8. Drinking Wine Reduces The Risk Of Fatty Liver Disease

There are two types of fatty liver disease, one is an alcoholic liver disease (ALD) which is characterized by drinking lots of alcohol and the other is a non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD) which cause is not clearly known but it has been associated with obesity. (9).

Nearly 12,000 individuals were studied and said to have NAFLD in the US and modest wine consumption has shown some benefit in reducing this disease. Drinkers who consume tolerable amounts of wine, as compared to those who do not drink at all, have reduced their risk to NAFLD in half.

Then again, modest beer or liquor drinkers have a greater probability of having NAFLD because alcohol is a known liver toxin. Antioxidants in wine help reduce damage in DNA cells, which could benefit damaged liver cells. (10)

Key Takeaway: Drinking of wine in moderation can benefit the liver cells that can prevent the risk of having fatty liver disease.

9. Drinking Wine Can Help Prevent Obesity

There is a difference between overweight and obesity. Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat and water. Obesity, on the other hand, refers to excessive amounts of body fat.

Based on Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, at least 2.8 million people in the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. (11)

Wine, specifically white wine, contains the antioxidant called epicatechin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These antioxidants can lower levels of cholesterol and may also support weight loss by burning belly fats and by decreasing inflammation commonly associated with obesity. (12)

Key Takeaway: White wine promotes weight loss by burning belly fat and by decreasing anti-inflammatory properties.

10. Wine Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Stroke

Stroke occur when the blood supply to the brain has been blocked which is called the ischemic type of stroke or blood vessels within the brain burst which is called the hemorrhagic type of stroke. These two types of stroke are sometimes not fatal but prevention has always been better than cure.

Alcohol is well-established as one of the causes of stroke, on the other hand, wine has been linked to stroke prevention because of its unique chemical composition. Resveratrol in red wine decreases inflammation that can contribute to brain injury caused by stroke.

Moreover, resveratrol in wine fights free radicals that are produced before, during and after stroke. These free radicals are harmful because they damage cells in the blood vessel and making the brain prone from bleeding and blockage.

The chemical reaction of resveratrol promotes the process called neuroprotection, which protects the nerves and surrounding blood vessel from damage. (13)

Key Takeaway: Wine decreases inflammation that can cause blockage in the nerves which may lead to stroke.

11. Drinking Wine Helps Boost Your Body’s Defenses

Daily consumption of wine can boost immune system according to researchers. Ethanol, the chemical component of alcoholic beverages and wine as well helps boost the potency of vaccinations. (14)

Drinking wine in moderation can help develop immunity that can fight against 200 viruses. Wine contains high levels of antioxidants in the form of flavonoids which can combat strongly against viruses. (15)

As a proof, red wine can help cure the symptoms of flu and cold. The polyphenol resveratrol can prevent viruses from multiplying once they have entered the body’s system.

Key Takeaway: Daily consumption of wine helps boost the immune system as it contains a high level of antioxidants which fight against viruses.

12. Drinking Wine Strengthens The Bones

Past researchers have associated moderate wine drinking with improved bone density. As human age, bones are becoming thinner and weaker. New studies show that drinking wine in moderation may help reduce the risk of having osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is most common to women after they have reached the menopausal stage. Osteoporosis makes the bone brittle and more fragile with an increased susceptibility to bone fracture. (16)

One or two glasses of wine per day can protect women from thinning bones. It appears that modest consumption of wine bridges the imbalance between the dissolving old bone and poor production of new bone that can lead to osteoporosis in older women. (17)

Key Takeaway: Osteoporosis can be lessened through modest consumption of wine in older women

13. Wine Can Protect Our Teeth Against Dental Plaque

Wine may help prevent dental caries by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm according to researches done by American Chemical Society. Wine can slow down the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities. (18)

Polyphenols, wine, and grape seed extract can slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for the formation of plaque and tooth decay. Though red wine can help reduce these bacteria optimal oral health still results from daily dental hygiene.

Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are still the best recommendations, but including wine into your diet can increase your defenses against dozens of possible teeth and gum diseases.

Key Takeaway: Wine can inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Nonetheless, daily dental hygiene routine is still the best way to protect our teeth from decaying.

14. Drinking Wine Can Improve Our Eyesights

Ophthalmologist, Milind Pande, from Vision Surgery, says that the resveratrol which can be found in wine may be beneficial to the eyes. Resveratrol prevents age-related deteriorations of eye muscles. One of these age-related deteriorations of eye muscles is called Macular Degeneration.

Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss and is considered as incurable eye disease. This is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula, which records the images we see.

The macula is the one responsible for your ability to read, recognize, and see objects in fine details. Resveratrol which can be found in wine and grapes prevent the growth of blood vessel in the eyes that can lead to macular degeneration. (19)

Key Takeaway: Wine can prevent age-related deteriorations of eye muscles. So, say goodbye to carrots and drink up your wine for better eye health.

15. Wine Can Help Prevent Gallstones

The gallbladder is an organ located under the liver. It stores bile which is responsible for our body’s fat digestion. Although, gallbladder itself is not important and formation of gallstones may not actually be a problem. At times when gallstone is pushed out of the gallbladder, there’s a tendency that it might get stuck in the bile duct which can cause you a lot of pain.Gallstones are hard and have the same appearance as pebbles. (20)

Researchers have suggested moderate consumption of wine prevent the formation of gallstones in the gallbladder after they have studied the dietary habits of 25, 639 patients for over 10 years, during which time 267 patients developed gallstones. Successful research showed that patients who consumed 175ml of wine per day decrease the chance of developing gallstones by thirty-two percent. (21)

Key Takeaway: To avoid future complications caused by gallstones, it is advised to consume 175ml of wine per day to decrease the chance of developing gallstones.

6 Delicious Recipes

Thinking about winemaking, most likely you’ll immediately think that it’s going to be a tedious procedure because of wine, as we all know, has to undergone fermentation to achieve excellent quality.

Well, in fact, you don’t have to be a master vintner or have expensive equipment to make wine. Making homemade wine from all-natural ingredients like fruits is manageable, enjoyable and worth every sip.

One can also add wine in their dishes to add a unique and smooth taste in their food. This method has been done by top level chefs around the world to impress their customers. So, let the fermenting and cooking begin!

1. Elegant Strawberry Wine

Strawberries are rich in fiber, folic acid, potassium and it is said to be a good source of Vitamin C. With strawberries as your base fruit have you foreseen how healthy is your wine can be?

Ingredients:

  • 3 kilograms of whole washed clean strawberries
  • 23 liters of hot water
  • 1 whole lemon juice
  • 2.2 kilograms of organic sugar

Method:

  1. Crush strawberries in a large ceramic Jar.
  2. Pour in the hot water and then pour in the lemon juice and mix thoroughly for 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Cover the jar with a very clean fine cloth and let it sit in a dark and cool place. Stir every single day for about a week.
  4. After the first week, strain the strawberry liquid into a clean bow. Use two layers of cheesecloth for straining. Throw away the leftover pulp.
  5. Mix the strained strawberry liquid with the organic sugar and stir, pour the mixture into another clean ceramic jar and leave it be for another week, remember to stir daily again.
  6. After week two, transfer the strawberry liquid into glass bottles and lightly cork.
  7. Store in a dark and cool place for three months to turn into wine.
  8. When you notice that the wine is already clear and no more bubbles are showing, transfer the wine into multiple wine bottles, Seal with a cork and let it ferment for at least a year before consuming.
  9. After the long wait, serve it to your friends and families to impress them with your amazing wine brewing skills.

2. Amazing Cherry Wine

Cherry is a shiny red or purple tiny fruit packed with health-benefiting nutrients and antioxidants.

Ingredients:

  • 3 kgs. of clean washed cherries
  • 4 liters of drinking water
  • 2 kgs. of organic white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of brewing yeast

Method:

  1. Clean the cherries with running water thoroughly, make sure to remove the stems.
  2. Pour boiled water onto it and put them under a wine press for five to six days.
  3. Pass the cherry juice through a cheesecloth to remove the pulp. Add yeast and sugar to begin with the fermentation process. Add a bit of lemon juice if you want.
  4. Set the jug in a dry and warm place during the fermentation.
  5. The process is done after fermenting for several weeks. Shake the jar and let it ferment for another four or five months to finish making the wine..
  6. Transfer the wine into separate wine bottles let them ferment for as much as you prefer.
  7. Other from plainly drinking the wine you made, you can also add it to any dish that you cook. The wine would add a unique taste to your dish!

3. Braised Chicken with Red Wine

Having a romantic French dinner? Sauvignon Blanc adds zip to the lemon-and-caper-infused liquid.

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs of chicken thighs
  • Table salt
  • All-purpose flour for breading
  • 2 tbsp. of butter, unsalted
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves,peeled and crushed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups of Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • Four pieces of lemon zests
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of drained capers
  • 1 piece of bay leaf twig
  • 1 cup of red wine

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Dust the chicken with flour and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Melt the butter and oil together in a large ovenproof skillet.
  4. Fry the chicken with the skin-side down, and let it cook over medium-high heat. Cooked both sides for about 12-14 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  5. Place the chicken into a large platter, leave about a tablespoon of oil in the skillet.
  6. Place the garlics into the skillet and saute over medium-low heat until it becomes softened, this would usually take about 5 minutes.
  7. Pour in the red wine and let it boil over high heat. Let it boil until about half of the mixture has evaporated.
  8. Combine the lemon zest, the stock, capers, thyme, and bay leaf and boil.
  9. Replace the chicken skin-side up to the pan.
  10. For about 50 minutes, braise the skillet in your oven, do this until the meat becomes tender.
  11. Replace the skillet to your stove and boil for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly lessened.
  12. Remove unwanted seasoning remains if you want. Serve and enjoy!

4. Red Wine Pork Tenderloin

Try this very easy to fix, and very rich tasting pork dish.

Ingredients:

  • A kilogram of pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 tps. of table salt
  • 1/2 tps. of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tps. of powdered garlic
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • A packet of ready made gravy mix

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place pork in a large baking dish, and season the meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place onions and celeries on top of the meat, then pour wine all over it.
  3. Bake the pork tenderloin for 45 minutes.
  4. After baking, remove the pork tenderloin from the large baking dish, and transfer to a large platter. In the baking dish, mix the gravy mix , wine and cooking juices. Stir the mixture until it thickens. Slice the pork tenderloin into desired sizes and cover with gravy.
  5. Serve and enjoy! I recommend that you eat it with baked potatoes.

5. Shrimp Linguini With White Wine

This shrimp linguini is so easy to make, can be done in minutes, and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of linguine pasta
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 6 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of broth from chicken
  • 60 mL of white wine
  • 1 juice from squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. of lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound of fresh shrimp, peeled
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp of parsley, fresh and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil

Method:

  1. Pour water in a large pot, then lightly sprinkle it with salt. Transfer the pot to a stove and let it boil.
  2. Cook the linguine in the pot until al dente or for about 10-14 minutes.
  3. Preheat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and sauté the garlic for about a minute.
  4. Combine the wine, chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.
  5. Lower the flames, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until half of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Throw in butter, shrimp, basil, and parsley into the saucepan. Cook for 3 to 4 more minutes, until the shrimp turns opaque.
  7. Add in the al dente linguine, and mix to well coat the with the sauce. Cook it for about 2 more minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

6. Cheesecake with Wine Jellies

This cheesecake infused with wine is a unique and new kind of wine-and-cheese-pairing.

Ingredients:

Cheesecakes:

  • 3 tbsp of melted unsalted butter
  • 7 pieces of graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of organic sugar
  • 1 medium to large egg
  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 10 ½ oz log of softened fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup of crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp or 5 oz of crème fraîche
  • Wine Jellies:
  • 1 pack of unflavoured gelatine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chilled drinking water
  • 3 tbsp of orange Muscat
  • 3 tbsp of rosé
  • 3 tbsp of Pinot Noir
  • 3 tbsp of tawny port
  • 4 tsp of white sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Create four pieces of 3-inch circles with a shirt cardboard.
  3. Spread butter on the insides of the four 3-inch circles and 2 ½ inch in depth ring molds.
  4. Using a food processor, grind the melted butter with the graham crackers, add a tablespoon of the sugar.
  5. Place the molds on the baking sheet that you have lined with parchment paper, then place the cardboard rounds on each mold’s bottom. Trim the cardboard to make it perfectly fit.
  6. Distribute the crushed graham crackers with butter on each mold, and then firmly press them to compact. Bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes, and set aside to cool.
  7. While waiting, using a bowl, and a handheld mixer, beat the egg yolk, egg, salt and the remaining half cup of sugar at medium-low speed for about 2 minutes or until it becomes pale and fluffy
  8. Include the goat cheese and continue to beat to make it smooth. Add in the in the crème fraîche, fold gently. After doing so, transfer the mixture into the graham molds and smooth out the top.
  9. Bake until the cheesecakes are set or for about 25 minutes, prevent it from browning. Set aside the cheesecake for 10 minutes to let it cool, and then refrigerate for at least an hour, or until it it chilled.
  10. Boil a cup of water then dip a sharp knife into it. When the knife heats up, remove it and dry it immediately. Gently pass the blade around the each cheesecake edges. Carefully press the cardboard bottoms of each mold to get the cheesecake out of the molds, replace the removed cheesecakes into another baking sheet.
  11. Cut four strips of parchment paper tha are long and high enough to cover the edges of the cheesecakes. Wrap each cheesecake with the parchment paper strips to help them keep their shapes. Make sure to secure it with a tape.
  12. In a separate medium bowl, combine cold water and the gelatin powder and gently combine by stirring. Microwave the gelatin at medium power until the gelatin full melts or for about 20 seconds.
  13. In separate ramekins, Pour the 4 different types of wine. Include 2 tsp of the white sugar to the rosé; and also to the Pinot Noir, microwave the ramekins for about 18-20 seconds. After microwaving stir gently to fully dissolve the sugar.
  14. Pour 1 tsp of the previously melted gelatin into each of the 4 wine ramekins. Set the wines aside and let cool completely. Each ramekin of wine jellies gets poured on one of the cheesecakes you made. Refrigerate it for about 20 minutes or until chilled and set.
  15. Gently remove the parchment molds from each cheesecake and serve!

Wrapping It Up

Wines have been many things to us over the years. The wine has undergone numerous studies which have found various connections between improving the quality of life and its consumption. In the ancient times, due to the scarcity of water, the wine has become an essential need in life rather than a luxury, so it came to symbolize sustenance and life.

Even in the earliest of times, wine has proven its worth when it comes to sustaining life. Up to now, there are still on-going researches on why wine is considered as one of the most powerful elixirs known to man.

However, anything in excess is bad for one’s life. The first thing to realize is that the dose matters. Many studies give the results in glasses per day or week. Anyhow, saving the drinks up during the week to binge over the weekend has been shown to be associated with zero health benefits and is in fact associated with the conditions linked to chronic, heavy alcohol abuse.

So pop up some bottle in your fridge! Savor every sip and feel the velvety texture of your wine as you drink. Wine a bit and just a little bit more. Yet, always remember to drink moderately.

This was originally published on Jen Reviews

The 2017 Father's Day Gift Guide For Modern Dads

Father's Day only comes once a year, but dads should look good or feel good all year long. Give him a style of bar gift that'll do him justice

Cooper & Thief Red Blend, is a bold red blend wine aged in ex-bourbon barrels, which impart soft, velvety tannins and a subtle heat, resulting a rich, flavorful wine with a long, lingering finish. The novel find is packaged in a non-traditional bottle and boasts hallmark whiskey tasting notes unlike any other wine. It's sure to impress whiskey-savvy dads up for a little adventure this Father's Day

Tani USA SilkCut Mens Luxury Lounge Pants, Whether Dad wears them around the house or as pajamas, our SilkCut men's luxury lounge pants are sure to the most comfortable men's pajama pants he'll ever own.  

Riedel’s Veritas Beer Glass, they are machine-blown ultra-fine crystal and are incredibly lightweight. The set of beer glasses is $69 for a set of 2 and can be purchased at RiedelUSA.net.

Mobot These foam roller water bottles are a perfect way for Dad to recover after a workout while staying hydrated. Engineered for athletes this can endure the most rigorous rolling Dad can throw at it.

Koh Gen Do, whether your dad cross-fits, builds roofs or stays home, he needs a basic, (but effective) skincare routine that’s more than a soap bar. Have Dad covered this Father’s Day with a Japanese skincare set featuring Oriental Plants Facial Wash the All In One Refresh This ultra-gentle facial wash whips into a foamy lather to deeply remove dirt and grime, while replenishing the skin with 32 Asian botanicals, such as calming lavender, conditioning soybean and anti-aging jujube. For a dad who works in an air-conditioned office, the Moisture Gel instantly replenishes the skin with 3 types of hyaluronates and protects skin from environmental stresses

With all purchases over $50 on BeautyKind, there’s a GWP (gift with purchase), the Lab Series Ab Rescue Body Sculpting Gel which tightens, firms, and smoothes the appearance of the mid-section with Caffeine, Creatine, and Soya Protein while also creating a cooling, toning sensation. Also, every day at BeautyKind, 5% of your total purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice. Dad’s favorite cologne and a bonus gift all while giving back? That’s a major win right there! 

Frescobol Carioca’s, Jardim Botanico collection, is inspired by Rio’s playful culture and easy going attitudes, and the various gardens across the city. The collection captures the carefree light spirit of the summer season and long weekends with tailored silhouettes and eye-catching graphics mirroring a mosaic and flower petals.

How To Do An Extended Stay Right

While you or a client may be travelling to the city for work, it's always hard to find the right place for extended stays where you can work and be able to have a casual meeting with a client. We all have those days where we have to run uptown to downtown and never able to find a good middle place. Now with an updated lounge and know for long term trips you can settle in between at AKA Central Park (42 West 58th Street New York, NY). Designed by Ed Asfour of Asfour Guzy Architects a.lounge is newly renovated giving a new look to the iconic landmarks of New York.

Drink of choice is the house made, AKA branded wine, a.vin Chardonnay made by Montogomery County's Karamoor Estates. The aromas of pear and jasmine notes with a zesty flavor entry of lemongrass and vibrant minerality.

Outside of the lounge AKA Central Park offers the perfect place for travellers to stay in their hotel suites. With the feel of an intimiate hotel and a luxury apartment this is for the traveller who doesn't quite need a pied-a-terre but still wants to stay somewhere nice while on business. 

Outside of the AKA lounge guests have access a 24 hour doorman, s one of the most spectacular fitness centers in NYC, residents-only lounge, and private access to the café – for breakfast, espresso, lunch, and afternoon tea.

The brand new 17 story high rise offers 134 beautifully designed, spacious studios, one and two bedroom furnished apartments in Manhattan with full kitchens – ideal for individuals staying a week or longer. Wi-Fi, cable TV and espresso machines are all complimentaryto residents.

If you choose to stay in the penthouse be prepared for a private wrap terraces perfect for entertaining with breathtaking views over the Manhattan skyline.

 

Hott On The Market: 311 Greenwich Street #6G

Our favorite listing this week is 311 Greenwhich Street 6G.  At $1,195,000 this 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom is perfect for a starter home or pied-à-terre.  The updated home is move in ready with a modest common charges of $1,000. This unit was last listed in 2011.

This pristine sun-drenched one bedroom features a private balcony that overlooks lush treetops and partial park views. The modern chef's kitchen is outfitted with granite countertops, basalt stone floors and the most gorgeous of Cherrywood cabinetry. The home also boasts hardwood floors, oasis like bath with Basalt tiling throughout, and abundant closet space which makes the home not only beautiful but functional as well. 

Residents enjoy wonderful amenities including Roof Deck, live-in super and laundry in the building. This is an apartment that is not to be missed!

Ilan Bracha and Andras Bodrog are the listing agents.

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National Rosé Day is finally here and this is what you need to drink

You know we love a good rosé, and today may be our favorite holiday with National Rosé Day. As the second Saturday of June approaches, it is officially National Rosé Day and we want to make sure you're prepared. These wines will pair with a summer salad, fish plate or even a hotdog. Rosé is your one friend that no one will be upset is there

From our favorite real estate brokers, new rosé to the iconic Whispering Angel and Chandon’s Limited Edition American Summer bottle - these rosés will cover be ones to grab for our favorite holiday. If your unsure where to go, we've compiled the best deals in the city.

High Kick Rosé -a light, fresh and elegant rosé with notes of strawberries, citrus and herbs. Serve cold with elegant dishes of seafood or Salad Niçoise with grilled tuna or enjoy on its own with good friends.

Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016 - On the palate, the wine is delicate with floral and light citrus aromas. Flavors of fresh red fruits, along with notes of peach and apricot intertwine with bright, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a crisp and vibrant finish. The easy drinking rosé pairs great with burgers, sushi and spicy dishes.

Chateau d’Esclans Rosé - prestigious estate and winery from Provence, France producing some of the world’s leading rosé wines. The portfolio includes four premium rosés with an array of depth and flavor. In 2016, Château d’Esclans celebrated its 10th anniversary last year under the leadership of Sacha Lichine, who has elevated these wines to the respected, prestigious level he envisioned for Provence rosé, helping to initiate a massive rosé export boom.

Chandon American Summer Rosé - Grab your #ChandonSquad and celebrate National Rosé Day with Chandon’s 2017 Limited Edition American Summer. This festive bubbly bottle’s pink and red stripes mimic ocean waves to celebrate the summer season. Perfect for chic sipping, the rosé is filled with aromas of ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit interwoven with flavors of apple, pear and stone fruit. On the palate, the wine is creamy and seductive, with defined structure from the addition of still Pinot Noir at triage.

Chandon Rosé, our refreshingly fruity wine is dry, and has the best balance between complexity and fruitiness, making it a great pair for a variety of light foods perfect for summer including seafood - especially grilled salmon and shellfish.
— -Pauline Lhote, winemaker for Chandon

La Vigne du Roy Costieres de Nimes Rosé - – “Rhone, France A full-bodied, cherry colored Rosé from Costieres de Nimes in the Rhone Valley. Rich, balanced and fresh with notes of white flowers, cherries and spice”  (Exclusive to Stew’s Wines.)

Henriette Côtes de Provence Rosé – “Tastes like a bowl of crushed summer berries. This Provence style rosé is dry, crisp and refreshing”

 Wolffer Rosé – “Lush with aromas of peach, orange, citrus and lychee.  A gorgeous wine with oysters!”

Rosé is my go-to wine in the summer! It’s great on its own and it’s also a food-friendly wine. These are some of my favorites from France and the USA. They all over-deliver on quality for the price!
— Blake Leonard, Wine Brand Manager at Stew Leonard’s Wines

Where to go?

Pergola (36 West 28th Street) will offer half-price Rosé bottle specials from June 5th-June 10th in honor of National Rose Day.  Offerings include Whispering Angel, 2016 Provence for $28, Montrose, 2016 Provence for $24, Chateau De Pourcieux0, 2016 Provence for $20 and Rodney Strong, 2016 Russian River for $24.

Mel’s Burger Bar on Upper East Side (1450 Second Avenue) will add Rosé to their bottomless brunch offering weekly, beginning on National Rosé Day for $40. The price includes a choice of entree and all you can drink Rosé for up to three hours.

SideBAR (118 E. 15th Street) in Union Square will serve up $5 Rosé by the glass all day for National Rosé Day

Bagatelle (1 Little W 12th Street) is serving Rosé in the biggest way possible for National Rosé Day. Since Bagatelle does everything bigger, it’s time to go big or go home with Magnum bottles starting at $130 with Côtes de Provence, Château Real Martin “Perle de Rosé”, or for a night to remember a magnum bottle of Louis Roederer, “Cristal” Rosé for a price of $3,400.

Kellari (19 West 44th Street) is debuting a new Rosé All Day menu on National Rosé Day with a selection of Rosé’s from around the world. Options include Domaine Costa Lazaridi, Mas de Gourgonnier, Moraitis Estate Rosé and seven others available by the bottle, carafe and glass. Prices range from a bottle of Fritch at $40, to a bottle Chateau Sainte Marguerite Rosé Symphony at $65. Carafe’s prices range from $28 - $32 and glasses range from $12-$15. For the day, Kellari will offer 20% their entire Rosé menu.