getting your grape on

getting your grape on: september

BEREFT that September is over, but so many grapefriends sent me pics of what they were drinking all month. The memories will warm me as we head into cold climes…

William in Boston texted me: “Dear grapefriend, I’m drinking Gruner Veltliner.”

gruner veltliner

That made me happy enough, but then two days later he sent me this pic of the Gewurztraminer he was drinking. I told him to have it with spicy food – and he said he already was! Tear.

furher gewurztraminer

Ana in Henley-on-Thames, Englad, said her summer go-to was sangria she made with Croft Pink port. Obv, having just had a huge love affair with Portugal and port, I was very happy about this. Plus it looks delicious.

croft pink port sangria

Gwen celebrated her birthday at Per Se – NBD – and tagged me in this pic with not one but two wines. Why? “When it’s your birthday and you can’t choose between two amazing wines, the fancy sommelier will pour you half a glass of each!” So awesome, though I can’t decide between wines on every day of the year…

per se wine

Nic went to Napa to shoot a story for Esquire. She was busy, but being a big grapefriend she and her crew managed to squeeze in some winery time. They hit Chandon:

domaine chandon sparkling wine

And also Scribe Winery – um, yum to that charcuterie plate.

scribe winery charcuterie

This one of Nic’s doesn’t have anyone drinking wine in it but she hashtagged it “#grapefriends” so it made me minorly weep with happiness.

scribe winery napa

They finished their trip with a huge grapefriendy dinner at Ad Hoc with Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs (like it), Parador Tempranillo rosé (haven’t had but love rosé made from Tempranillo), and Georges Vernay “Fleurs du Mai” Syrah from the Northern Rhone (where Syrah rules). My kind of dinner!

ad hoc napa

In NYC, Lisa rocked some Lagrein from California, a grape usually seen in Italy – “Definitely fuller than the Italian version but nice fruit and fairly soft tannins.”

lagrein california

Speaking of Italy, Roxy did a pretty serious tour and drank her way through Sardinia, tagging grapefriend all along the way! Cannonau became her new fave:

cannonau sardinia

They also had it at dinner:

gabbas sardinia cannonau

And of course some Limoncello after dins.


This Vermentino (very popular in Italy in the summer) was their “newest find – rookie tootsie fresh and fruity”

This was her fave of the whole trip, I’d never heard of it so love getting new finds:


This is her “having a glass of blanca” – even though in Italy it’s bianca. That’s so Rox. How cute is she?


Wanna be in the next one? Tag me @grapefriend on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Expecting to see some transitioning to reds in October!


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