May 2022

Drink Adventurously*

By Anu Karwa

Summer is special. It’s for adventure, for acting with abandon—witness appearing in public in the visual equivalent of a bra and underwear. There is no “winter romance,” and Sandra Dee didn’t belt out “Autumn Lovin’ ’’. So, I’m marking this the “Summer to Drink Wine Adventurously.”

This is not a challenge to drink yourself to oblivion. Instead, I challenge you to try wine from regions where you’ve never ventured or from grapes you’ve never tried, much less pronounced. Wouldn’t you say, “Count me in,” if someone declared they’re on a mission to drink adventurously? Wheels up for your summer wine adventure. Shop the story.

Learn about Wine: They Make Wine Where?
Surprisingly, wine is made in all 50 of the United States, and I’m not just talking Grandpa churning it out in the basement. With many worth trying, here are 2 to kick start your great American wine road trip:

Cheer on an Underdog: Great Summer Wines from France
I’ve never understood why wines from Alsace, France, aren’t more widely known and loved. The region’s Grand Cru wines, the crème de la crème, are roughly $25, a feat hard to replicate anywhere else in France. Two from a favorite Alsatian winery:

Can’t Pronounce It? Try It Anyway!
If you’re so over New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, try Txacoli. Pronounced chah-koh-lee, it is a little known grape from the Basque region of Spain with a slightly effervescent, fresh, lemon-lime taste. Spanish wines I love:

Italian Wine Grapes You’ve Never Heard Of
With thousands of native Italian grapes, why keep drinking Pinot Grigio? Vermentino and Arneis are both off-the-beaten-path and have more character. Vermentino is from the coast of Tuscany, away from the well-trod Chianti region. Arneis often shows much complexity. The Italian affair begins:

Love Prosecco Wine? You’ll Love This.
Not to sound like Amazon’s book-recommendation machine, but if you default to the ubiquitous Italian sparkler, Prosecco, give sparkling saké a whirl. It comes prettily housed in everything from elegant vase-like bottles to girly pink and baby blue colored flip-top cans. Let your saké adventure begin with these:

*But responsibly, of course

Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor

Anu Karwa has been called a no-nonsense walking 411 for a new generation of female wine drinkers and home entertainers since she launched Swirl Events, an in-home and corporate wine tasting events company with a fresh, hip spin. For anyone who thinks Perez Hilton should be required reading, check out her wine blog, SwirlSavvy, where she creates mashups between celebs and wine reviews. Read more . . .

Ask Melissa: From Metallic Makeup to Summer Wines

By Melissa Meyers


How do I update my smoky-eye makeup look?
Make your smoky-eye look current by swapping out your charcoal gray shadow with this season’s metallic colors instead. Play with green or deep purple for a smoldering smoky summer look. Start with primer to lock the vibrant color in place. I love the one from Smashbox. I use the wand to apply a small amount to my lids and then blend with my finger. Then make it pop by dabbing some of Cargo’s white pearl EyeLighter to eyes on the inner corners and just beneath the brows.

Buy CARGO EyeLighter, $20, at
Buy SMASHBOX Photo Finish Lid Primer, $20, at Sephora
Buy TARINA TARANTINO Purple Velvet Cream Shadow, $19, at Sephora

I want to start exercising, but I need help getting motivated.
Nothing gets your adrenaline going like a new purchase. Try a cute top like this hoodie from Style&co. Buy Style&co., Short Sleeve Zip Up Hoodie, $17.98, at Macy’s

Then download some fierce workout songs:

• “Wait Your Turn” by Rihanna, $1.29, at iTunes
• “Love Struck” by V Factory, $1.29, at iTunes
• “Take a Chance on Me” by A*Teens, 99¢, at iTunes
• “Lady Marmalade” (Workout Mix) by Houzeboyz, 99¢, at
• “Hot Stuff (Want You Back)” by Pussycat Dolls, 99¢, at iTunes

For nails this season, can I stay bold or should I go light?
There are no more rules. For a new take on nail-polish drama, try the alluring Tokaido Express from NARS. For a lighter look, I love the new Lilacism from Essie.

Buy NARS Tokaido Express, $16, at Sephora
Buy Essie Lilacism 705, $3.70, at

What are the must-have accessories this season?
Arm Candy
Buy Savina Tonal Bracelet, $10.50, at Delia’
In a Clutch
Buy Rebecca Minkoff Easy Rider Date Clutch, $375, at
Walkin’ Tall
Buy Michael Kors Palm Beach Sandal, $98, at Macy’s

What are some great summer wines?
Epicurean contributing editor Divya Gugnani says summer is about sparkling wine and champagne. You don’t need an occasion to pop a bottle. Her favorite inexpensive bottle is Roederer Estate Brut. When she serves it at parties, she mixes it with a bit of Dubonnet to give it an extra kick. Her favorite luxurious champagne is Dom Perignon Rose 1996. It’s incredibly aromatic.

Buy Roederer Estate Brut, $19.99, at
Buy Dom Perignon Rose 1996, $399.99, at

Melissa Meyers

Ask your fashion and lifestyle questions, I’ll answer with my favorite tips, tricks, and product picks each month. Post questions on the PageDaily Facebook wall or visit the Participate page at