Spring Masters New York Arts’ Night Out 2015

Spring Masters Arts' Night Out 2015 with LOLA

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Spring Masters New York Presents:

Arts’ Night Out 2015

with LOLA Wines

Friday May 8th, 2015

At the Park Avenue Armory

6-9:30 p.m.

Spring Masters Arts' Night Out 2015 with LOLA

“Tradition meets Today” at the Spring Masters New York Arts’ Night Out 2015—an annual evening of wine and art with New York’s young collectors. Steeped in tradition and coated with an imaginative, and reinvented aesthetic, this event redefines the “art” of collecting. This year, we are delighted to announce that LOLA Wines is becoming a part of the Spring Masters’ most exciting and unique event of the season.

Since its beginnings, Spring Masters has crafted events that honor the quaint tradition of Art(s) Fairs, with a new vision and innovative display. Arts’ Night Out juxtaposes the historical and the contemporary in a way that opens the doors for new collectors. Spring Masters has re-imagined and reshaped an old world tradition that engages its audiences and fosters a dialogue about relevant artistic creations. It is through these same ideas that LOLA’s founder, Seth Cripe, became interested in wine and creation.

Founded in 2008, LOLA was created with the idea of preserving traditional, elegant winemaking techniques while also crafting a flavorful wine that is accessible and approachable (for a wider audience). A glass of LOLA wine is a product that blends together inspiration from the old world, with modern Coastal California. Seth took time to travel and study around the world, using this time to gain inspiration from a variety of crafts and trades. His fondness for art and exploring various cultures lead him across Europe, where inspiration and intrigue helped him discover the message behind LOLA Wines.

LOLA uses an easy, natural approach to a refined product through a combination of nature and technique that creates a flavorful and exciting product. Seth’s passion is for making wine that will open up all sorts of generations and spark a passion —much like his—in a long-running tradition with an elegant, and classic product.

The Spring Masters’ event brings about an ideal partnership for Seth and LOLA, because both the brand and the event strive to combine old-world, classic traditions with a younger, broader audience. We believe that there is immense value in the rich histories in winemaking and art, but there is also opportunity for growth and progression for all generations.

Art’s Night Out has been making significant changes in the way that art is displayed and sold. We are excited and honored to be a part of such an inspired, and well curated event.

 

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LOLA’s Road Trip Down South

William Faulkner Statue, Oxford Alabama

Arnaud's New Orleans

As much as we love this time of year in Calistoga, we felt that it was time to travel South and show our friends and partners of LOLA a little love. So, Jason and I packed our bags and headed to some of our favorite southern cities for a taste of local flavors and our favorite LOLA pairings.

For LOLA’s road trip down South, our first stop was Nashville. Known for it’s bold flavors, rich history, and legendary music, we decided to jump right in with dinners and private tastings at Kayne Prime and The Southern. Kayne Prime takes the idea of a classic upscale steakhouse and blends it with the ideas and aesthetics of a “chef-chic” contemporary boutique restaurant. Ranked in the top ten steakhouses in the U.S., Chris Hyndman’s passion project offers a variety of carefully picked wines, and dishes that include perfectly aged steaks and fresh lobster.
The Southern also serves up a not-to-miss steak, but gives Nashville a variety of different flavors as well. Every entree at The Southern tells a story and is prepared with local produce, sustainable seafood, and a variety of exotic ingredients. Chef Matt Farley has something special here in Nashville with his shuck-to-order oyster bar and diverse flavors. This is one of our favorite spots to settle down for a glass of well chosen wine and a unique plate that provides a “Southern experience with a twist”.

After filling up on Nashville’s finest cuisine and wines, we moved onto New Orleans. This Louisiana city is drenched in the shadows of mystery, magic, and a culture of food and drink as rich as its history. This city is no stranger to a strong culinary culture and vibrant nightlife, but for Jason and I, we had an experience unlike any other. We first stopped into Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar for some fresh Louisiana seafood and drinks. Fresh-shucked oysters and creole staples make this restaurant a classic and casual go-to for any NOLA trip.
But, the most moving part of our entire trip was at Bacchanal, founded by Chris Rudge. One of LOLA’s original supporters, Chris was a longtime friend from a Florida town that neighbors my own hometown. Chris has supported LOLA since it’s beginnings, and we were looking forward to seeing him in his New Orleans based restaurant and wine laboratory in the Ninth Ward. Unfortunately, our friend passed away before we had the opportunity to see him, leaving us saddened before our stay. We took this opportunity in NOLA to remember Chris, and to honor his memory at the beautiful, inventive restaurant that he created. There was art, music, and of course wine. Everything our LOLA friend would have loved. Though our time at Bacchanal was bittersweet, it was the best part of our trip celebrating the life of a visionary such as Chris. He is gone but never forgotten in the LOLA family.

After our time in New Orleans, we moved onto Alabama where we spent time in both Birmingham and Oxford. In Birmingham, we had the pleasure of meeting legendary chef Frank Stitt. Both Frank and his wife Pardis, showed us nothing short of supreme southern hospitality.The staff at their Italian-inspired southern restaurant, Bottega, presented us with a phenomenal menu and fantastic service, along with a LOLA tasting. Our evening with the Stitts was incredible, and we had one of the best meals of this year. We also took the opportunity to stop into Stitt’s other restaurant Highlands Grill. Since our time in Birmingham, Highlands Grill has been nominated for Best Restaurant under the James Beard Foundation. Congratulations are in order for our friends Frank and Pardis, and everyone at Highlands Grill for their well deserved nomination!

After Birmingham, we ended our trip in Oxford. Oxford was an exciting conclusion to our journey. William Faulkner is laid to rest here, and seeing as he is my favorite author, I had to stop by his statue in the town’s center as well as his grave. Also during our time here, John Currence and chef Sean Brock (of Husk fame, and one of the nation’s top chefs) were both participating in a “chef throwdown” with Mexican street food at the Lamar Lounge. John’s restaurants City Grocery and Snackbar both serve Anna Maria’s bottarga and will soon be pouring LOLA, so we went out to show our support.

Our trip was filled with so much food and wine—but even better than that—it was filled with amazing friends of LOLA. We are lucky to have been surrounded by such wonderful friends (and those we consider to be family) during this time, and we look back to returning to these southern cities.

Bacchanal New Orleans Live Music

Southern Art

Oxford Alabama, Faulkner's Tomb

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Snackbar Oxford Alabama

Oxford's Big Bad Minero Pop-Up

A Spring Weekend at the LOLA House

The LOLA Garden Calistoga

LOLA Weekend Dinnertable

Every weekend brings with it a certain sense of freedom, relaxation, and the comfort of knowing that we can finally take a break from work. At the LOLA House, we look forward to our weekends, and the time when we can entertain, relax, and enjoy Springtime in Calistoga with friends and family. And it just happens to be a full house at the LOLA House this weekend! We have friends and family from Venice Beach, Florida, and New York happily joining us. With the weather and landscape as beautiful as it is, we try to take every opportunity we can to be outside.

We started our Saturday hiking and exploring the vineyards, with our guests from the house, and Lola leading the pack. After a full morning of sunshine, scenery, and a warm breeze that seemed to follow us on our trails, we were lucky to find Seth’s mother Nancy’s special spaghetti (tossed with fresh shaved bottarga) waiting for us for our LOLA lunch. Paired with a crisp and refreshing glass of LOLA Dry Riesling, it was simple yet elegant California wine country experience. After lunch, it’s back to nature with a trip to Calistoga’s famous hot springs before heading back to the LOLA House to prep for an evening of festivities.

Dinnertime is when the LOLA House really begins to come to life. In and out of the kitchen, our house chef and Seth’s brother Mic already had a full menu planned. Fresh vegetables from the LOLA garden and local seafood make the perfect choice for any coastal Californian meal. Dinner al fresco with LOLA family and friends started with a wine tasting of Seth’s Sparkling Rose and LOLA Dry Riesling, this was paired with a medley of local cheeses and cured seafood. Our favorites from dinner include: the LOLA Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, and a Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast to pair with Chef Mic’s LOLA Signature Asparagus with Bottarga On Egg, and Pan Seared Swordfish. Both of which were clean yet decadent. Each dish was packed with fresh flavors and seasoned to perfection with the addition of umami-packed golden bottarga from Anna Maria Fish Company. However, the best part of our dinner party at the LOLA House was after our meal when we sat around the open fire pit talking, drinking wine, and enjoying a piece of freshly made mango pie.

LOLA Weekend Trees

LOLA Weekend Spaghetti

LOLA Weekend Veg

LOLA Weekend Seth

LOLA Weekend Asp

LOLA Weekend Dinner

LOLA Weekend Mango Pie