5 Epic Wines Under $30 to Uncork for Your Olympics Party
While the Olympics is nearly over, there’s still time to indulge your obsession. Whether you’re looking to throw a viewing party with your Olympics-obsessed squad or need just another excuse to drink good summer wine and watch TV, we’ve got the vino for you. So sit back, queue up your favorite event and uncork one of these gold medal picks.
1. Mark West Pinot Noir ($16): With a long heritage devoted to the fine pursuit of making the perfect pinot noir, Mark West is the brand you can trust for all your PN-sipping needs. Our fave thing about this wine is how smooth it is — a fruity red with hints of spice, it’s practically begging for that steak or tofu wrap to jump off the grill and into your belly. And for all those naysayers to “red in the summer?!” tell them to have one sip and that’ll be all it takes for them to realize how oh-so-very-mistaken they were.
2. 2015 Summer Water Rosé by Winc ($13): Hailing from sunny Santa Barbara, this blend of Grenache and Syrah is as refreshing as it is #yeswayrose crisp. A collaboration between Yes Way Rosé (founded by two high-school BFFs) and Winc, you’ll love this dry wine to wash down a swimming or gymnastics viewing session from your couch. All you need to guarantee a good time is ice (lots of ice) and allllll the rosé chocolate.
3. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($13): There’s something really special about indulging in a glass of Sauv Blanc in the summer. Juicy and fruity, the freshness works well in a cocktail (lemon, splash of seltzer, cute straw, done) or even a wine slushie. No corkscrew? No problem. The bottle has a handy twist-off cap, which also helps keep oxygen from entering the bottle to keep your wine nice and crisp for all of the amazing women you’ll be watching rep the US on the soccer field and track and field rings.
4. Ruffino Sparkling Rosé ($13): The only thing better than rosé is, well, more of the stuff. When you feel like alternating your refreshing swigs with a bit of bubbly, this sparkling rosé proves as drinkable as it is tasty. With a nice acidity, you’ll also get notes of red berries amidst all the bubbly goodness. But it’s not all sweetness here, also expect refreshing and unique hints of rose petals that linger for a nice finish on this lovely extra-dry bottle.
5. Black Box Wines Chardonnay ($20 for a three-liter box; $6–$7 for the 500mL box): Boxed wine? Don’t mind if we do. Nothing spells party like a festive three-liter BOX (yes, you read that right) of wine for your Olympics soirée. Sure, you’ll detect notes of green grapes and even tropical mango and even pineapple, but the real standout feature of this invigorating sipper is the bright citrus aromas you’ll get. So go ahead, we dare you not to toss a slice of lemon or lime in and pour more. Cheers!
(Photos via Andrew Toth/Getty for Mark West Wines, Winc, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, Emily Henderson / Black Box Wines)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)