By Cait Rohan | April 30, 2015 | People
Ever wondered what the city's most successful women drink when they're not hard at work? We asked a group of New York's finest to dish on their favorite wines.
"[In the summer], there's nothing that tempts my palate more than a smooth Sancerre, but in the winter, I'm a sucker for a mean Château Latour." —Nausheen Shah, Stylist and Fashion and Travel Contributor for Bergdorf Goodman
"I grew up in Sag Harbor and have always strived to support local artisans whenever possible. Nothing speaks to warmer days like a crisp, cold bottle of Rosé. Sagaponack's very own Wölffer Estate Vineyard's Summer In a Bottle is the perfect addition to any meal, with a gorgeous bottle to boot!" —Samanthe Lobosco, Director of Pace Gallery
"I live for its taste of crushed black pepper and dark berries with a vanilla finish. I also just tried, and was very impressed by the 2008 Cantina Giardino Drogone Aglianico." —Caroline Vreeland, Singer and Songwriter
"My favorite wine is Brunello di Montalcino. I like it all year long and paired with any kind of food. I am cochairing an event for the Central Park Conservancy called Taste of Summer on June 10, and I plan to bid on a beautiful bottle that's been donated to the silent auction." —Gillian Miniter, Philanthropist and Socialite
"I went to Napa for a dear friend’s 40th birthday party a few years ago and have been drinking California Chardonnay ever since. The [Swanson Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay] is one of my favorites as it is bold enough for my palate but also a crowd pleaser. My other favorite region is Provence! I learned to speak French there as a child (my mother was a French teacher). We spent a lot of family time in Provence. Although I wasn’t drinking wine yet [because I was a kid], if I did, it would have been the 2013 Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rosé." —Sarah Easley, Founder of Kirna Zabete
"I'll have what the ultimate power woman, Olivia Pope, is having—a bold, rich Cabernet Sauvignon! On celebratory occasions, I like the unique black cherry and tobacco flavors of Nickel & Nickel. As a more 'everyday wine,' Silver Oak pairs perfectly when cooking new Blue Apron recipes with my husband, Jude… and with my nail color of the moment, Single Ladies." —Deborah Lippmann, Celebrity and Fashion Manicurist
"No party is complete without wine, [and] my favorite to serve is Domaine Vacheron 2012 Les Romains Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)." —Elle Werlin, Celebrity Stylist
"[When I entertain,] my food isn't always the best, so I'll just get my guests drunk beforehand with a Malbec and give it a good 20 minutes to ease into their system. Everything tastes good after that." —Lainy Hedaya, Blogger of Haute in Habit
“I love celebrating the day's successes with a glass of Cava. It's light and bubbly, and delicious with any meal. I also love trying new wines. This winter, I have loved drinking Barbera with dinner. It's an easy red wine that matches with everything!” —Doreen Bloch, CEO and Cofounder of Poshly.com
"I love to drink wine that takes me back to some of my favorite vacation spots. A nice Sauvignon from Stags Leap in Napa; and Wölffer Estate Vineyard's Rosé for summer is a must. A bold Tuscan red [like] one of my faves, Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, [is good for winter]." —Robin Moraetes, CEO and Cofounder of DreamDry
"[When I throw a summer party], the drink of choice is endless Rosé from my favorite vineyard out East, Wölffer Estate Vineyard. [I love their] Summer in a Bottle." —Frederica Tompkins, Senior Marketing Manager at Jimmy Choo
"My favorite wine is Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. My appreciation for this wine is linked to meeting Chimney Rock’s winemaker Elizabeth Vianna. She had attended one of my concerts, and afterwards we started talking about wine and music, and discovered that as women artists, we both used the same language to speak about our craft. Chimney Rock wine is powerfully elegant and reflects the artistry that Elizabeth brings when crafting her wines. A glass of Chimney Rock Cab is the perfect complement to end a day spent striving for beauty." —Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Cellist
"Nothing is better then opening a lovely bottle of cold, dry, and simple Pinot Grigio. I just found a light one from San Giorgio Venezie. I love to pair it with a plate of pasta pomodoro and basilica, veal scaloppine, fresh garden salad, and maybe a tiramisu to feel at home with my guests. I love the lightness of the Pino Grigio and the fact that you can have it at lunch without feeling like you really have to take a nap. It completes the essence of a dinner party: intimacy, good food, and good wine." —Milly de Cabrol, Interior Designer
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