Mooo…, Boston

Mooo..., Boston

Mooo..., Boston

Nestled in Beacon Hill is Mooo…,Boston a contemporary steakhouse located adjacent to the XV Beacon Hotel. Mooo is the brainchild of chef/owner Jamie Mammano who creates an atmosphere that is elegant and class, with a modern appeal. The decor is modern and inviting, creating a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Despite it’s old time charm of a traditional steakhouse, Mooo tends to draw a variety of diners from all over Boston. Mammano’s menus highlight dishes that are classic to a steakhouse, yet appealing to a newer crowd. Dishes like Beef Wellington are served with Foie Gras and Spinach Duxelle, sides of mushroom risotto or B&B mushrooms are enough to share, and to compliment any meal. In fact, all of the Mooo dishes are generously portioned.

Also available at Mooo is an incredibly extensive wine list with over 325 labels. The selections range from the great Crus of Burgundy and Bordeaux to rarities from the Rhône Valley; from the iconic wines of Piedmont and Tuscany to a deep roster of touchstone Napa Valley producers. Their wine selection often rotates but is curated to carefully pair with any dish on the menu(s) to elevate any dining experience.

Mooo..., Boston

Mooo..., Boston

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

Inaugural Tasting Event at the LOLA HOUSE

6.26.2014

Our inaugural tasting event took place this past Thursday. Guests enjoyed a lot of great wines from LOLA and a variety of LOLA signature dishes prepared by Chef Mic Cripe. Big thanks to all of the guests who made the trip to Calistoga for this momentous event. We’ve been working hard to build the LOLA House so we can host all of the special friends and family who have supported LOLA over the years.

Thank you and we can’t wait to see you soon at the LOLA HOUSE! Next time you are in town, don’t forget to book a reservation with pr@lolawines.com so you can enjoy our signature dishes (only available at the LOLA House).

– From all of us at LOLA
 
 THE VENUE:
LOLA HOUSE
 
 THE FOOD: guests enjoyed grilled summer fruit with mint and
a variety of artisanal cheeses before the main dishes.
 
#1 LOLA Signature Dish:Oven Roasted Vegetables (Carrots, Fennel, Celery, Bok Choy, Green Onion) w/ Carrot Top Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella, Shaved Cortez Bottarga.
 
LOLA HOUSE  TASTING EVENT Roasted Vegetables with bottarga
 
#2 LOLA Signature Dish: Watermelon Salad w/ Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh ginger, Lime Zest/Juice, Honey, Sweet Balsamic, Chopped Mint, Topped with Fresh Burrata.

LOLA HOUSE TASTING EVENT Watermelon Salad

#3 LOLA Signature Dish: Kale & Arugala Salad w/ Raw Corn, Radish, Avocado, Parmesan, Fresh Lemon Juice, Shaved Cortez Bottarga.
LOLA HOUSE TASTING EVENT Kale Arugula Salad
#4 LOLA Signature Dish: Cellentani Pasta, Charred Broccolini, Sliced Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Green Onion, Shaved Cortez Bottarga
LOLA HOUSE TASTING EVENT Cellentani Pasta
#5 LOLA Signature Dish: Orzo w/ Braised Baby Octopus, Sliced Garlic, Cracked Black Pepper, Basil, Parsley, Shaved & Sliced Cortez Bottarga
LOLA HOUSE TASTING EVENT Orzo with Baby Octopus

Mr. Morgan’s Summer Soiree at the Morgan Library and Museum

6.25.2014

– The Morgan’s Library and Museum in New York –

The Young Fellows of the Morgan Library & Museum held its annual Summer Soiree on Wednesday, June 25. We were among the hundreds of guests who attended the event and enjoyed a night of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music beneath the recently unveiled Spencer Finch installation in Gilbert Court. The unforgettable moment was having a glass of wine in Mr. Morgan’s Library and looking through his collection of first edition books and scripts.

Mr. Morgan's Soiree at the Morgan Library and Museum

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Good Eats with LOLA at Maison Premiere

Good Eats with LOLA at Maison Premiere in Brooklyn NY

6.21.2014

We recently went to Maison Premiere for brunch; not to our surprise, it was amazing!

The location Williamsburg Brooklyn

The decor: Inspired by hotel lobbies

The story: Maison Premiere is an Oyster House and Cocktail Den reflective of the staple establishments of New York, Paris and New Orleans.

The food and drinks: Don’t skip on the seafood, Rose and absinthe drinks! Maison Premiere is a laid back and cool spot in Brooklyn where seafood lovers can enjoy fresh oysters, cocktail shrimps, clams, and a variety of other delights from the sea (SEA URCHIN!) with a nice selection of wines and signature cocktails. Whether you are an expert or a novice, you’ll enjoy trying the wide selection of oysters offered at Maison Premiere.

Rose and oyster cocktail shrimp bloody mary

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Boiled oysters, whelks, leeks, potatoes and poached eggs at Maison Premiere

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Razerclam with mint at Maison Premiere

<Oysters and Shrimp Cocktail Galore>

Oysters, cocktail shrimp, cockles at Maison Premiere

LOLA’s Tasting Event in Nantucket, MA

6.2 – 6.4

It’s our first time in Nantucket, MA and it’s been an amazing trip. Nice weather, nice view, and a lot of nice wine. We can’t wait to share LOLA Wines with everyone in Nantucket and MA. It’s going to be a great summer! Thanks Wine Pro for making our trip to Nantucket so special.

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LOLA in Nantucket - Tasting Event

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LOLA Tasting event venue in Nantucket

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LOLA wine tasting table

<In good company>

Red wines Summer wine tasting in Nantucket

LOLA’s Summer Trip to Ibiza

LOLA's summer trip to Ibiza Spain

5.31 – 6.5

LOLA’s adventure to Ibiza Spain

Ibiza may be known for its night life and party scenes, but we had the most fun at the break of dawn when everything was calm and peaceful after a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. To us, the most unforgettable sceneries from Ibiza were the beach, the sand, the water, the fresh seafood, and the beautiful company.

Sunrise in Ibiza

Ibiza Beach

Sunset at Sant Antoni Ibiza Club

Seafood in Ibiza

Razerclam in Ibiza

Langostines from Ibiza Spain

Good Eats with LOLA at Contra NYC

An Unforgettable Sensory Dining Experience at CONTRA NYC

5.15.2014

An Unforgettable Sensory Dining Experience at CONTRA NYC

@ www.contranyc.com

It’s modern, understated, and everything food should be–a sensory experience of taste, sight, and smell. Can you tell that we are beyond excited?!

What kind of cuisine is Contra? Contemporary New York cuisine.

What is the menu like? Contra serves a menu that consists of 5-courses for $55/pp

What kind of experience? Total sensory overload!

What we had? Clam soup, scallop salad, braised short rib, and raspberry/strawberry wafers with ice cream

Contra NYC clam soup

CONTRA NYC Scallops

Contra NYC Scallops

Contra NYC desserts

LOLA’s Tasting Event in Nashville, TN

4.24.2014

– LOLA Wine Maker and founder Seth Cripe poured @JJ’s Wine Bar and Patrick’s Bistreaux in Nashville, TN –

It was so great to meet so many wine lovers and LOLA lovers at the event. Big thanks to JJ’s Wine Bar and Patrick’s Bistreaux for hosting us in Nashville. We love Nashville and can’t wait to go back!

LOLA at JJ's Wine Bar Wine Tasting Event

LOLA Wine Tasting Event at Patrick's Bistreaux

Polaner Tasting Event at Gotham Hall

3.4.2014

– GOTHAM HALL –

LOLA Wines was among hundreds of other premier wine makers at the Polaner tasting event in New York this week. We had the pleasure of meeting sommeliers from leading local restaurants and wine stores in New York and New Jersey. Our winemaker, Seth Cripe, attended the event. As a bonus, we also ran into wine legends and long time LOLA friends and supporters, Cheryl Emmolo and Ric Forman at the event.

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LOLA Wines Polaner New York Gotham Hall Event

LOLA Wines Polaner New York Gotham Hall Event Ric Forman Cheryl Emmolo Napa Valley