Sparkle This NYE With These Top Bubbly Picks!

Sparkle This NYE With These Top Bubbly Picks!

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful evening to celebrate! Whether you’re out at a party, a hip restaurant, or taking it easy indoors in your pajamas, NYE is always a great excuse to pop some bubbly and celebrate a new year. Sparkling wine makes the evening even that much more festive, and for good reason. […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Grappa of Bonollo!

Grappa of Bonollo!

“Never forget efforts, work, and experiences of the previous generation”– Bonollo Distillery The first official day of the Grappa trip included a wonderful lunch with Bonollo. This family-owned distillery and business has been crafted and perfected through each generation, in which they believe “get the best of what you have with as little waste as […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Grappa: A Spirit Distilled From Grapes!

Grappa: A Spirit Distilled From Grapes!

I recently had the opportunity to visit Veneto and Trentino in Italy, and explore the world of Grappa! This was an educational trip for journalists and bartenders, where we had the chance to explore how this spirit is produced, distilled, and bottled. It was fascinating learning about Grappa because I had only known a little […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Perfect Picks For Holiday Party Gifting!

Perfect Picks For Holiday Party Gifting!

  When it comes to holiday party gifting it can be difficult to find the perfect pairing for the host or hostess. Whether it’s a work party, friends gathering, or social engagement, showing up empty handed around the holiday season sometimes isn’t an option. Here is a fun gift idea list full of great finds […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Arthouse Hotel & Wine Bar, NYC!

Arthouse Hotel & Wine Bar, NYC!

New York City is known for having elegant, eclectic, and exciting hotel bars. I recently discovered a wonderful bar in the lobby of the Arthouse Hotel, on Broadway in the Upper West Side. This bar seats about twenty people and also has great cushioned chairs and a sitting lounge. Whether you’re stopping in for a […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

MyMo Mochi’s Are Perfect For Your Dinner Parties!

MyMo Mochi’s Are Perfect For Your Dinner Parties!

MyMo Mochi Ice Cream is an absolute favorite when it comes to holiday parties! I love offering mochi because it comes in a variety of flavors, and is the perfect size dessert. These pop-able rice dough covered ice cream balls made many appearances at my dinner parties so far this season, especially the new fall flavors […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Some South African Wines You Will Want To Try!

Some South African Wines You Will Want To Try!

The wines of South Africa is a big subject. When talking to clients about wines from this country, I know they too can be overwhelmed and excited because of all of the options! The Cape wine-growing areas lie in a narrow viticultural zone of the Southern hemisphere. It’s an area filled with valleys, mountain slopes, […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Fall-In-Love With Cakebread Cellars Reds!

Fall-In-Love With Cakebread Cellars Reds!

Fall is a time of year we all start drinking more red wines. Nothing is better than getting home from work on a chilly fall evening, and curling up with your favorite blanket, a great book, and a glass of Cakebread Cellars! I actually remember the first time I had ever tasted Cakebread Pinot Noir, […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Nemiroff Vodka For National Vodka Day!

Nemiroff Vodka For National Vodka Day!

National Vodka Day is October 4th and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail? I recently had the pleasure of trying Nemiroff Vodka from the Ukraine and it’s great for at home mixology! I wanted to make something refreshing because even though it’s fall, it still feels like summer and Nemiroff Vodka was […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

How To Host A Wine Tasting Party: The Complete Guide

How To Host A Wine Tasting Party: The Complete Guide

With the arrival of fall, your friends are ready for a nice indoor party. You want a reason to gather everyone together that doesn’t involve costumes and jack-o-lanterns. How about hosting a wine tasting party? It’s the perfect party for several reasons. It’s an easy one to organize. You won’t have to spend days in the […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Finding The Perfect Grind: A Beginners Guide To Gourmet Coffee

Finding The Perfect Grind: A Beginners Guide To Gourmet Coffee

Are you the type that can’t imagine starting your day without a piping hot cup of Joe in your hands? If so, you are among the masses, as a study conducted by the National Coffee Association shows that a whopping 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee each day. That number has […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

Top Places To Stay Near Valladolid, Spain!

Top Places To Stay Near Valladolid, Spain!

While visiting wineries in Ribera Del Duero, Cigales, Peñafiel, and other winery areas this summer, I was able to stay at some wonderful places. We started off in Pesquera del Duero, at La Cantamora, a quaint bed, and breakfast complete with a homey feel. The caretaker is wonderful and speaks both Spanish and English and is […]

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.