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A Toast to Change

In Drink on January 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm












After Barack Obama is sworn into office on Tuesday, he will be sitting down to lunch with a couple of  delightful California wines. The official menu lists the first course wine as the 2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, and the second course features a Pinot Noir from Duckhorn’s second label, Goldeneye in Anderson Valley. Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc has long been a favorite—it’s a little spicy thanks to some time in oak, which you’ll either love or hate. I love. The Goldenye Pinot is pure California in style with extracted, black cherry fruit. Should be delish with the duck and cherry reduction.

But Korbell for dessert? For my money (a meager amount of which found its way to the Obama campaign), I would have liked to see this historic event marked by an equally historic sparkling wine: Schramsberg from Napa Valley. Not only is it my favorite domestic sparkler, but it has a rich political history. It was the first American wine to travel to China in 1972; it has since been served at state dinners at the White House for Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, President Fox of Mexico, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and Prime Minister Suzuki of Japan. So why not the Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec on Tuesday?  A lovely dessert bubbly, it’s creamy and slightly sweet, with a bit of spice and luscious apricot flavors. It’s the kind of wine that makes you proud to be an American. And come Tuesday, I can’t think of anything sweeter to have in my glass when I toast to President Obama!

Toast 2009 with a Tiara!

In Fashion on December 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm


On the eve of New Year’s Eve, it’s hard not to think about tiaras. Nobody wore a tiara like Princess Grace—set halfway back so that it almost becomes part of the hairstyle. Diana also rocked this look, dianathough her hand-me-down Spencer family tiara was flashy even by HRH standards, to say nothing of  the “Cambridge Knot” Queen Mary tiara from her mother-in-law. (Love the eye roll in this shot.) 

The closest I’ve come to anything this fabulous was when Erica Courtney let me try on one of her custom platinum and diamond tiaras several years ago—lord knows what lucky starlet now owns that glittering piece of heaven. For the rest of us mere mortals, there are some pretty crystal offerings over at the Swarovski boutique in Century City, like this appropriately festive Confetti tiara. confettiTomorrow night I’ll be ringing in the New Year with the faux pearl and diamond number from Barneys pictured below, which I wore down the aisle in lieu of a veil several years ago. 


Or for sheer fun, check out a marabou number  ($12) from the Barney’s kids section by clicking here.