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What to drink now

The final weeks of summer are upon us, but we’re holding on as long as we can, spending time on rooftops and at al fresco concerts—all of which, let’s be honest, is an excuse to enjoy cold wine and beer. Peter Raimondi, Director of Food & Beverage at WestHouse, reveals his picks for the best drinks of summer 2015.

Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley 2010, $49

“All white grapes, mostly Chard with a touch of Pinot Gris. Unusual cuvee for sparkling. Bright, complex with rich stone fruit. Traditional technique. Elegant.”

Artesa Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2013, $23

“Classic Carneros Chardonnay. Half barrel-aged, which gives to artful balance of fruit and oak. Generous and layered. Perfect white wine to transition into fall.”

Ferrari-Carano Siena, Sonoma 2012, $23

Interesting blend from Sonoma with the spirit of Italy. Sangiovese with Malbec and Cab. Cola, cherry pie and spice. Delicious with pizza!”

Planeta Etna Rosso D.O.C., Sicily 2013, $26

100% Nerello Mascalese, made in one of the most impressive wine making regions on the planet. Vanilla, rhubarb and wild strawberry. Beautiful expression of the Sicilian volcanic soil the grapes are grown on.”

And for the beer lovers:

This American Pale Ale is brewed with wheat malt and a blend of warrior glacier and cascade hops. Refreshing and amazingly smooth on the palate, with notes of citrus and tropical hops. Perfect on these hot NYC days.”

Enjoy these drinks along with craft cocktails—like our signature Oldie But Goodie—at the Den, the lobby-level lounge open exclusively for WestHouse residents.