Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sexy Dresses and Wines for Spring

By Liza B. Zimmerman

Have you ever tried to pair a dress with a mood, a season or a wine? It is a little bit of a challenge. Carrie Bradshaw, of Sex and the City fame, once pitched a story to Vogue on a story comparing men to purses that her fictional editors weren’t crazy about. However when you love a certain designer it is fun to equate the lines and styles of various dresses to wines and the seasons that they show best in.

I asked one of my favorite designers in New York to pair some of her fantastic work with wines and here is some of what we came up with. Janice Huminska shuttered her beloved Mott St. shop a few months ago and now is only doing mail order business. However ladies the $99 bin still exists (however only online). I have always loved her curve-hugging designs as they move so well from day to evening, steam out in two seconds in the shower and can be cold water washed in a machine.

Dress for Spring
Festive tones of pink and red are sunny and fruit-forward like many rosés. The intensity of her floral prints makes me think of big, luscious rosés that are made in California, fruit-driven ones from Navarra and those from the Rhône and nearby areas such as Côtes du Ventoux.

Other thirst-quenching and food-friendly rosé producers to pair with these designs include South African wines such as Mulderbosch that makes a divine and affordable rosé from Cabernet Sauvignon. In Sicily, in the cooler climatic zones, great producers even make impressive rosés from cool-climate grapes such as Nerello Mascalese. Keep your eyes open to even more value-focused wine discoveries from this island. The high-attitude regions of Sicily will continue to produce some amazing and impressive wines: for all seasons and dresses.

Intense Dresses and Wines
Sometimes the wines you drink, as well as the outfits you may want to wear, may be both serious and worthy of contemplation. Cool-blue tones generally command respect in the arena of both dresses and wines. Check out Humiska’s sleek blue dresses for fall, all of which are pretty divine and flattering to a lot of figures. 

A deep blue wine veering on brown or purple invites the drinker to analyze and pay attention to what is in the
glass. Think about those pallid, almost bruise-colored tones of young Bordeaux or Barolo. They can heat up the night as much as those dresses or perhaps, even more, given the time to mature and show well.

Champagne and Dresses
A woman can wear practically anything when drinking Champagne. Beige and pink tones aren’t necessary but they do look festive in hot weather. Bubbles, from all over France and elsewhere, can be used to fête many occasions. Everything from simple Cava to spicy Lambrusco can suit almost any kind of attire and occasion.

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

Liza Zimmerman has been writing and consulting about wine and food for two decades. She is principal of the San Francisco-based Liza the Wine Chick wine writing, education and consulting firm. She has worked on staff and freelance at national magazines such as Wine Enthusiast, The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana, Wine Spectator, Where SF and the Examiner. She currently contributes to Cheers, Wine Business Monthly and the Examiner, among others.

Zimmerman focuses on demystifying wine and transforming it into a tool for business and networking for companies all over the country. Past clients include Genentech, Roche and IBM.

She has visited all the world’s major wine regions and is one of select few in the U.S. to hold the Diploma of Wine & Spirits (D.W.S.), the three-year precursor to the Master of Wine.

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