AshtonKeefe1Why wine? Why not? Wine is like food — it’s a way to bring people together, relax, celebrate and savor life.

Most misunderstood wine: That it has to be fancy. I hate anything too fussy. As my former boss Leslie Sbrocco used to say, “Any wine in a glass is a wine glass.”

Guilty pleasure: anything with bubbles, karaoke and ice cream 

Latest obsession: Yoga. I’m late to the game, but it’s been a life changer for my type-A personality. 

If I weren’t in wine, I’d be: a teacher

Something I’d love to do, but it scares me: Life is too short to be scared.

My dream wine party guest: Kathie Lee & Hoda

Death row wine: Champagne

Ashton Keefe is a Manhattan-based chef, culinary instructor and recipe developer specializing in seasonal, vibrant and simple food. She currently works as a food stylist for NBC’s TODAY show and celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis, as well as develops recipes for outlets including Cooking LightPeopleReal Simple, Shape, Food52, and Whole Foods Market. In 2015, Keefe authored her first cookbook, “Lemon & Salt: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Culinary Revelry.” Follow her at ashtonkeefe.com or on Twitter @ashtonkeefe.

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Cooking With Wine

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Think Pink: A Guide to Choosing a Great Pink Wine

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There’s no doubt that drinking pink is on trend. While the first warm day in April (or maybe even March) will undoubtedly usher in a season of former sorority girls and their investment banker boyfriends uncorking the pink stuff, the rainbow-ed spectrum of pale pink to orange to light red is relatively new to mainstream… Read more »