Ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant is celebratory, sexy and intimidating—for everyone! But there are a few ways to make the process a little easier and less stressful. Here are some ideas. What to Spend This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but generally you want to “show respect” to the food you’re… Read more »
Why 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 Light, People, Real 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.
Everyone has that friend, the one who only drinks vodka. Maybe it’s gin. You know, the friend who can’t start a cocktail party without a proper martini. Maybe it’s simply a coworker or spouse who thinks of wine as more of a “dinner thing.” Regardless, we’re here to prove them wrong. Wine is not just… Read more »
Ever aimlessly wander through the wine store, zig-zagging the aisles wondering if anyone will notice the difference between the $10 Cabernet and the $45 sparkling wine? You do, I do, everyone does. All together now. As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough. Here’s a guide of what to bring where. At the end of the… Read more »
Is there any other brunch worth hosting or attending? I think not. While everyone is making omelets and serving oj, step up your brunch game by choosing the best bubbly and pairing it with a delicious seasonal spread. Bubbles cut through fatty, rich breakfast foods and pair equally well with light salads and leaner proteins,… Read more »
As with other ventures in life, a wine cellar should stem from a passion for wine rather than monetary gain. The primary goal should be to collect wine that you like to drink and share with friends and family. As your experience and collection grows you can begin to add bottles of greater value for… Read more »
Cooking with wine is like this: splash in the pan, splash in your glass. Voilà! Now you can cook with wine! Master this concept along with the tips below, and your definition of being a “seasoned” wine drinker just became a whole lot more interesting. Pick your price You’ve heard it before: never cook with… Read more »
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 »
If you categorize yourself as a foodie, you need to go beyond the bar snacks and get behind the bar — because playing with the nuances of liquor, bitters, and other ingredients opens up a whole new realm for exploration. So dust off your Mad Men skills, Don Draper, and bring back the bar. Classic… Read more »