Whether or not the house was ever owned by Howard Hughes this Samuel Wacht-designed house makes a perfect mid-century party pad: glass walls face the pool and spa, there is a sunken conversation pit and an upper deck with a wet bar and multiple fireplaces. See the full article here with pictures below:
My go-to varietal in the summer is Sauvignon blanc. I have never been a fan of Chardonnay – too popular, overdone and I just don’t like the buttery, creamy, oakiness of many Chardonnays. Sauvignon blanc is crisp, light, acidic – the perfect counterpart to a hot summer day. I favor light and fruity (especially those with grapefruit and herbaceous notes). While the Marlborough region in New Zealand is a favorite I have found a few good California Sauvignon Blancs as well. Another big benefit to sauvignon blanc wines is their price – I rarely spend more than $15 for a bottle. A few of my favorites are (tasting notes from the vineyards unless noted):
Kim Crawford (Marlborough, New Zealand) – “Beautifully bright pale lemon color. With the crack of the cap, unleash the unexpected as an array of delicious aromas leap from the glass. Pink grapefruit, key lime, passion fruit, frangipani, and pineapple tempt your senses. An exuberant wine packed with flavor, balanced by mouth-watering acidity and a fresh, zesty, lingering finish.”
Villa Maria Estate (Marlborough, New Zealand) – “This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavours dominated by gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavour profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity.”
Geyser Peak (Sonoma) – “The fruit flavors are abundant and the acidity bright and crisp. Geyser Peak blends grassier elements with citrus and mineral notes and passion fruit and melon flavors.” A Wine EnthusiastBest Buy – “This tastes bone dry, and it offers acidity that’s so clean and racy, it makes your mouth feel like it’s shining. The flavors of limes, lemons, hay, white pepper and vanilla are delightful.”
Cloudy Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand) – A bit of a splurge vs the others on the list ($30 or so). “Zesty lime and grapefruit aromas are the first to emerge from the nose of our 2013 sauvignon blanc, followed by nectarine and lemongrass tones. The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stonefruit, fennel and mineral notes lingering on the persistent finish. From Wine Spectator: “Graceful and elegant, with spice, Meyer lemon and quince notes up front. This is silky smooth but shows tremendous power on the finish where crisp, clean acidity and flavors of mineral, ruby grapefruit and stone fruit crescendo.”
Over the past few seasons I have also become a fan of rosés – no longer for that big box or jug-size bottle of wine. No particular favorites here yet but see the links below for a few good choices at reasonable prices.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (opens July 31) – Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns for yet another top-secret assignment to eradicate the Syndicate – an International rogue organization committed to destroying the IMF.
I ventured out in the muggy New York City heat to see it today (and froze in an overly air-conditioned theater). An enjoyable summer popcorn flick – maybe all the better for its familiarity? Expect a few twists in the plot, exotic locations and some interesting exploits from the 53 year-old Mr. Cruise. Also stars Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg.
Ricki and the Flash (opens August 7th) – Meryl Streep plays a musician who leaves her family of three to follow her bliss and play in a rock cover band. When her daughter’s marriage hits the skids she returns home to try to make things right. She may not be a guitar god, but she had a true deity (Neil Young) to teach her. Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix, July 31) – Wet Hot American Summer finally gets its long-awaited coming. David Wain and Michael Showalter revive their beloved teen flick as an eight-episode miniseries. And they bring back the original cast, so many of whom went on to stardom — Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd — as well as newcomers like Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Kristen Wiig.
White sneakers are one of my spring and summer staples. There is something about the clean, simple look of a white sneaker I love – so of course I have multiple versions: Adidas Original Stan Smith, Superstars and Sambas (although the black with white stripes is the more classic version), Jack Purcells, Dior Homme and a few others. I am also partial to low-tops which will become obvious as you read the post below. Most of them to have a high-top version, however, if that is more your style. A few of my favorites:
Greats: Greats is a Brooklyn-based direct-to-consumer sneaker company. The company launched in August 2013 and has received lots of press, a 1.5MM investment in 2014 and a wholesale partnership with Mr Porter in 2015. I am partial to The Wilson in grey (ok not technically white but a nice variation). http://www.greats.com/
Frank & Oak: Frank & Oak’s product line has gotten more diverse and more sophisticated in the past few years. Originally launched with well-priced more basic apparel in a subscription model (“The Hunt Club” – similar to Trunk Club) the have expanded beyond the subscription model (although still available) and basics. They recently launched shoes and have a great looking line of clean-looking, modern sneakers (and also have other colors than white!) https://www.frankandoak.com/product/23869
St Laurent – and for a splurge ($595!) the St Laurent sneaker. I love the touch of color on the heel. I have an old pair of Dior Homme (from the Hedi Slimane Dior Homme days) that is still a favorite. Since Hedi took over at St Laurent the sneakers have taken on a bit of the old Dior Homme style. http://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/men/sneakers
Hickies – Don’t forget accessories. Hickies recently developed a revolutionary new responsive, no-tie lacing system. Check it out at: http://www.hickies.com/