Wine lovers from around the world flooded into the Hudson Hotel last night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the wino bible, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The bi-level celebration’s was a belle époque meets carnival themed event, designed by Adam Aleksander, with a fitting red and white color scheme that was simply breathtaking. No detail of Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash was overlooked from the activities for guests to experience to the live entertainment enjoyed by all. While tasting over ninety varieties of the world’s best wines, guests snacked on a charcuterie plate and anti-pasti salad offerings all of which were paired perfectly to the large wine selection.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term belle époque the term refers to a period of time in France at the turn of the last century made infamous to our generation by tjhe film Moulin Rouge. Think burlesque, lots of flowing wine, champagne and absinthe, and over the top outfits. In every corner of the Hudson Hotel’s basement event space, Good Units, was something to further create the theatrics of belle époque France. The Red and White Bash included a photo shoot area where guests could pose with parasails, oversized bottles of champagne, feathered fans, and more. Set up near coat check was a “primping station” where guests were welcomed to sitting down to be made over with a variety of style-defining hair accessories, broaches, and boutonnieres, stunning makeup applications and hairstyles at the hands of the aestheticians from Kropps and Bobbers on Ludlow Street. When just wandering around the event space you’d run into another detail that made the entire night feel that much more spectacular. Dressed as a belle époque-era cigarette girl, Laura Lee Gulledge (who drew all of the spectacular promotional artwork for the event) was creating customizable pen and ink caricature wine tags. Her free hand drawings was made by using your thumbprint as a face along with your response to ‘how wine makes you feel.’ Encouraged to arrived dress to match the vintage décor of the event, guests also listened to the big room band Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra who kept the crowd swinging and swigging while up above the crowd, in an illuminated thumbnail moon, was a sexy burlesque aerialist.
A hundred percent of proceeds raised from ticket sales for Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash were donated to Wine to Water. A non-profit organization, Wine to Water helps to provide clean drinking water to communities that do not have appropriate access to clean water sources. The organization has projects in Uganda, Sudan, Syria, Cambodia, and other nations that benefited from the digging of wells, the distribution of ceramic or bio-sand water filters, and the construction of water systems.
To learn more about Wine to Water's mission, check out their website.