A Pinotage Contract Party

File Sep 29, 7 46 19 PMI’ve been doing a lot of contract drafting lately and sometimes it makes your eyes glaze over, but once I finish an agreement, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Husband wanted to know why the two people or entities involved in a contract are referred to as “parties”. Is there a party going on somewhere that I don’t know about? I couldn’t find much on the history of why this term is used, but Dictionary.com says that:

Party meaning ‘a specific individual’ is old in the language, going back to the 15th century, and was formerly in common use. Today, it remains standard in limited senses, chiefly the legal, and is often used humorously or condescendingly: the party holding the balloon. The word person is the neutral and common term.

Since I finished revising not one but THREE contracts today[1], I decided I’d throw myself a party. A wine party. A wine party where I come home and drink some wine, blog about it, and then watch Netflix[2]. Great party!
To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               September 29, 2015
Wine:              2012 Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage
This has a strong, funky nose. Almost a farm smell; maybe some hay, maybe a bit of must, maybe some manure. Funky is not always a good thing, and I was a bit nervous before I took a sip. But with just one sip, I was pleasantly surprised. On the drier side, with tannins that make you chew a bit. A hint of cherry and tobacco, with a medium finish. Long thin legs that run down the glass at a fast pace.

Was this a knock your socks off, epic wine? No, but it was an astounding value at $7.95 and perfect for a quiet Tuesday night. Perfect to have in the wine rack for Contract Parties such as this.

Wine Dossier
This particular Pinotage comes from a very old South African winery. In 1791, Philippus Wolvaart spent to 5,600 Guilders[3] to open Nederburg. It has gone through several owners since then (obviously) and is now run by Romanian-born, Razvan Macici, who comes from a family of wine makers. Pinotage is a popular South African varietal, a bit lesser known, but definitely worth exploring. Apparently its suffered from a bad reputation, but Husband and I have been drinking it for years, so you should too!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] And a million other things.
[2] Unlike this lawyer, I’m not going to bill my client for the wine and Netflix part.SavorItaly (2)
[3] Guilders used to be the currency of the Netherlands. The Dutch played an integral role in early South African settlements in the 1600s.

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Savor Italy in NYC – Ticket Giveaway

Hey Wine Friends

I’m excited to announce another Wine Esquire giveaway! This time it’s two tickets to the Savor Italy Wine and Food Festival in NYC on October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.! The event will take place on the penthouse floor of a historic Fifth Avenue building boasting gorgeous panoramic Manhattan skyline views. You’ll experience exquisite Italian wines paired with delectable Italian bites from Asellina, Settepanni, Vice Versa, Rossopomodoro, Mozzarella e Vino and Casa Nonna. I’m already salivating with envy and am so mad I can’t attend the event myself[1].

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Lawyer Disclaimer
No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway is for two tickets to the event only. Transportation, food and other ancillary costs are the responsibility of winner. Tickets provided by Able Social/ La Nuit En Rosé. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I’ll be on trial. #lawyerlife. I hate when work gets in the way of fun.

Au Revoir à Summer

File Sep 22, 6 19 17 PMIt’s been a really long time since my last post. I’ve done so many things and drank some great wine, but alas, I found no time to write. Today will be my last post of the summer, for tomorrow, Fall is here. Where did it go? It feels like just yesterday I was getting ready to #RoséAllDay and sit out by our new pool! It’s like I blinked andFile Sep 22, 6 18 59 PM lickety-split, it’s cold again.

Not that I don’t love the fall[1], it’s just that summer is so vibrant and warm. To be fair, it was an incredible summer. I slurped and spit at my first official wine tasting, went on a Rosé yacht cruise in NYC, had beach days galore, participated in fashion week, “ran” in a wine marathon, and drank so many good wines. I really can’t complain.

File Sep 22, 6 37 07 PMSpeaking of fashion week. It was epic. The Rosé was divine, the food was delightful, Younger Sissy and I met some new friends[2], and we saw a legit New York Fashion Week fashion show. I may have heckled the models after two hours of Rosé drinking, but it was only to tell them how beautiful they looked[3]…that’s ok right? For a few brief moments I thought about changing career paths[4]…but 3 large slices of pizza and a pair of $3 flip flops later[5], reality set in and I returned to Lawyer Life. An adventure to be sure. Thanks again to Nuit Rose for inviting me!

Onto the last wine of the summer!

To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               September 22, 2015
Wine:              2014 Bougrier Vouvray
File Sep 22, 6 50 09 PMThis is actually a wine I opened on Saturday. When I opened it, it was light, fresh, and perfect for a bit of pre-gaming before we went to an event. I remember notes of orange on the nose. That being said, I was leery about how it would be today. It held up surprisingly well[6]. On the sweeter side with a hint of minerality on the finish. Green grass on the nose, and a tinge of peach when I swirl. A perfect wine to sit and sip as we wave adieu to summer 2015. Until next year!

Wine Dossier

This is another Bougrier Famille wine, and, like the last one I had, this also took a bit of wine label deciphering. It appears that Bougrier Famille partnered with Domaine Toussaint, another producer in France’s Loire Valley[7] to release this white wine. The bottle gives no indication of what varietals were used, noting only that it is “white Loire wine,” but other information I found through The Goo
says it’s 100% chenin blanc[8]. A fair value at about $15 a bottle.


Lawyer FootnotesFile Sep 22, 6 34 01 PM
[1] It’s actually my favorite season. #foliage
[2] Jessica!
[3] I think I mistook their pouting faces, oh so skinny limbs and hollowed cheeks as a cry for help, or at least a cry for a cheeseburger. In reality, strutting down that runway with no bra and no smile was probably their dream come true. #success
[4] I’m pretty sure I had the walk down pat.
[5] Thinking that since I was going to fashion week, I would have to dress the part, I wore high heels. To New York City. Where I would have to walk around. For extended periods of time. Big Mistake.
[6] It was well sealed in the fridge.
[7] Loire Valley is officially on my Wine Bucket List.
[8] Another discovery I made this summer. Excellent grape!

Rosé All Day at #NYFW

File Sep 10, 8 02 13 PMSurprising as it may be to hear, I am not a fashionista. I do my best to wear as much black as possible on a weekly basis[1], maybe throwing in a pair of red heels here, a bubble necklace there. I like to keep it simple. All those fashion bloggers out there are way cooler than me and they all have the uncanny ability to make all their wacky clothes look good[2]. When I got an email inviting me to go to New York Fashion Week, I was surprised at how excited I was[3]. Not only is it a fashion show, it’s a fashion show/Rosé party with Nuit en Rosé. Holla. I’m probably going to meet Taylor Swift because she’s very fashionable and lives in NYC, so it makes sense that she would be there.

Tickets are still available if you care to join me. And Taylor.


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] The uniform of female lawyers.
[2] i.e. high-waisted shorts and fringe. I mean, seriously, what normal people look good wearing fringe??
[3] I’m going to be the frumpiest one there. But whatever. #yolo