Last week we gathered with other NYC wine lovers at Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash!
The epic night of wine took place at the Highline Stages, which was transformed into a 1940s-Havana-nights-meet-Hollywood-glam themed celebration, curated by event producer Adam Aleksander. Live music from the band Spanglish Fly kept everyone on their toes dancing in between sips of wine.
Over one hundred wines were present with 90+ point ratings, and each vendor was eager to pour guests a taste and talk about their vineyard and different wine offerings. To soak up some of the wine in our system, we enjoyed bites from generous food vendors, including Yerba Buena with their amazing open-faced pork tacos, and Mersaille and their crispy pork belly over kale salad.
Upstairs, we enjoyed the Bacardi lounge where an army of well-trained bartenders were stirring up some cocktails. We loved their enthusiasm, especially when they announced “shot hour” and told us they balance out their drinking by doing core-and-ass workouts as they shake the cocktails vigorously “like shake weights.”
A hair and make-up station was set up to give complimentary glam make-overs. The Photobooth Project set up shop to take pictures of guests with fun props such as feathered boas, diva sunglasses, ornate headpieces, and giant glasses and wine bottles.
We had a great time celebrating with Wine Enthusiasts and all of the great wines, but most importantly, 100% of proceeds from the event went to Wine to Water, a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world:
Today, nearly 800 million people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
Celebrating for a cause, now that’s a great reason for a toast!
For more photos, check out photos on Wine Enthusiast’s Facebook page.
Photos by Gabi Porter for Wine Enthusiast and by Socially Superlative