The heat of the summer months requires a different list of go-to wines. Our focus shifts from hibernating indoors by the fire to lounging in the sunshine by the water. Borgata’s Wine Manager, Laura Turenne, shares her favorite wines to enjoy throughout the summer months.
By the sea…
Summer weather requires something light, fresh, and flavorful. Massaya Rose 2014 ($19│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a clean, delicate rendering of Cinsault and Syrah that lets you enjoy the raspberries and strawberries found in heavier red wines, but in that light white wine style that will keep you cool in hot weather. And what could be better with seafood than grapes grown on an island in the Aegean Sea? Domaine Sigalas’ vineyards of Assyrtiko 2012 on Santorini, Greece ($27│Vintage Wine Boutique) produce a dry white wine that has just the right balance of subtle citrus and minerality to make fish and white meats sing.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2012 ($30│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a classic pairing that will stand up to hearty ribs grilled in your favorite sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, but you could also opt for a softer Roger Perrin Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2012 ($24│Vintage Wine Boutique). Bright, juicy reds like Catena Malbec 2012 ($28│Vintage Wine Boutique) complement a burger’s beefiness and any veggies you choose to pile on top, while a light, crisp Robert Eymael Mönchhof 2012 Riesling ($18│Vintage Wine Boutique) counterbalances the char flavor on grilled items like chicken.
You have to love it when serendipity kicks in and the timing is right here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Grammy award winning singer Miguel Pimentel comes to Borgata’s Music Box this August 8 playing with L.A. rock band Dorothy. And that means Borgata will host one of his first concerts after his new album “Wildheart’ drops. The single “Coffee” is already out.
And it’s much anticipated album, coming off the success of 2012’s “Kaleidoscope Dreams”, which made the Los Angeles native a star and earned him a Grammy for the single “Adorn”. The album set off a slew of live performances on TV, including a pretty controversial one at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 (Google it).
Throw in his hit duet with Mariah Carey of “Beautiful” and it finally made Miguel a star, but as he recently told Rollingstone.com, he wasn’t exactly and overnight success.
“It was just like pushing a boulder up and up and up a hill and then you finally get to the top,” he says.
Well, he’s at the top now and describes “Wildheart” as “an ode to love of self … the ongoing infatuation with whatever you’re f—ing into.”
The album mixes rock, soul and post-Prince freakiness into stark, atmospheric territory.
At this point, you have to give comedian George Lopez his due as a pioneer.
Lopez—who brings his stand-up act to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center July 11—was the first Mexican American to headline a TV show (two actually) and the first Latino host of a late-night talk show.
Lopez is best known for his six-season run on the TV show George Lopez, which is still a hit in syndication. He also spent two years as the host of Lopez Tonight on TBS. He’s produced and acted in the movie Spare Parts and appeared in several others and is the author of “I’m Not Gonna Lie and Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50.”
If it sounds like we’re rattling off his resume, well, … it’s a pretty impressive resume. As Lopez often says, not bad for a poor kid from Los Angeles.
Of course, for Lopez it all started with stand-up more than 30 years ago—he returned to it a few years ago—which eventually brought him success.
“It means a lot in that I always felt invisible, and I was louder in my own head than I was verbally, … I was torturing myself, wanting to say things and not knowing how to be.” Lopez says. “The stand-up was a way out but it never came easy. So to have something that’s named after me make it, and that has history tied to Desi and Freddie and now Freddie Jr., it’s unbelievable to me because I never really thought anything good would happen to me.”
Still, success hasn’t softened Lopez—at least not on stage—and he still can bring it to a stand-up audience.
In American pop culture, few things are as much fun to watch as when a singer explodes on the music scene and becomes the hot star of the moment.
A case in point is Meghan Trainor. Ever since Trainor’s “All About the Bass” rocketed to No. 1 on the charts last year, everything Trainor does, says and sings about gets tweeted, blogged and discussed.
So when doctors advised the “Dear Future Husband” singer that she had to rest her voice due to a vocal cord hemorrhage and she began cancelling shows on her new tour—including her July 3 scheduled appearance at Borgata Festival Park—a lot of concern was expressed in cyberspace.
And the ton of “get well soon” messages that flooded Twitter and Instagram may have helped as the 21-year-old singer has gone on Instagram to say she’s recovering.
“But there is good news! I’m feeling much better,” Trainor wrote after announcing a couple more cancellations.
“Thank you Dr. Kessler for seeing me immediately and being so helpful and thank you guys for all the edits/get well posts you made. You made me feel a lot better about this crappy situation. I love you all so much.”
After cancelling her July 4th weekend shows, Trainor said “Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed. I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me.”
We have to admit that here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we get a little crazy about the Fourth of July.
It is the perfect summer holiday and when you’re in Atlantic City at the Jersey shore, well, that makes it the perfect holiday period. And when Fourth of July happens on the weekend—it’s a Saturday this year—and considering that every summer weekend is a party at Borgata … well, that’s just more perfect.
How can something be more perfect? Well, check out this lineup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Fourth of July celebration this year.
We start with Meghan Trainor at Festival Park on July 3, offer up the best view for the traditional 4th of July Marina Fireworks Show (again from Festival Park) on July 4 and finish it off with … well, a bunch of stuff from a full entertainment schedule at Borgata’s Nightclubs to great promotions in our casino.
Of course, fireworks are the first thing people think of for the 4th, and our new outdoor venue at Festival Park is the perfect place to view this year’s show.
Atlantic City is putting on two shows this year, with a Boardwalk show July 3 and a marina show July 4.
These unique and brilliant fireworks shows are being created by one of the country’s largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the presenter of pyrotechnic displays and shows around the world including the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular in New York City.
Here are some quick definitions for you:
Mania – excessive enthusiasm.
Electronic – Runs on electricity, especially noticeable in dance beats employed by EDM DJs.
Festival – A period of celebration often organized around a series of concerts, plays, movies—and sometimes a great line-up of DJs—held in the same place.
Circus – A collection of diverse and energetic performances in one show.
Mania Electronic Festival Circus – the July 5 show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new Festival Park outdoor concert venue features music by The Chainsmokers, DJ Ikon, Dallas K, Grand Theft and DSK CHK.
Or in other words, a big ol’ outdoor EDM party at Borgata on the July 4th weekend.
It’s not every day that you see a concert so filled with energy and great DJs that we’re confident enough to call it a mania, a festival and a circus all in one.
But consider this:
The Chainsmokers are an American, New York City-based, disc jockey/producer/songwriter duo consisting of members Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The duo rose to fame with their 2014 hit “#Selfie”.
Well folks, its National Martini Day again (June 19).
We know, it sneaks up on you doesn’t it? You probably haven’t even finished your National Martini Day shopping or hung the National Martini Day wreath on the door yet.
Just kidding. The only observance anyone has to make for National Martini Day is perhaps, to enjoy one. We here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa love martinis and we’re offering up some special blends for National Martini Day.
For National Martini Day, Borgata is offering up these special concoctions
Old Homestead Steak House
Dragon Ball Martini
Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
There’s something cool about the fact that this year Father’s Day and the first day of summer—aka the summer solstice—fall on the same day this year.
After all, it’s appropriate to take the longest day of the year to really honor Dad, who is always there for us with his gentle wisdom, his infinite patience and his never-ending support.
And for those of you who don’t live in a 1950s family sitcom, he’s the one yelling at you to stop texting all the time and keeps filling up the DVR with John Wayne movies.
Yes, you got to love Dad. It takes a long day to really honor dad.
Of course we at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are going a step further and taking the whole weekend from June 19-21 to honor dad with a line-up of promotions and events that will just make your father sit up and take notice and possibly, finally come out of the bathroom.
But since it’s also the start of another summer season in Atlantic City—and you know how we love summer here at Borgata— the weekend is just doubly blessed. Not only can Dad try out his latest socks and sandals combos, he can also check out Borgata’s new outdoor venue at Festival Park, featuring The Killers, or see Huey Lewis and The News in the Borgata Event Center.
We’re pretty excited about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new outdoor concert venue at Festival Park and we’ve already announced a star-packed line-up of concerts and events for its inaugural summer.
But most of all, we want you to be there.
So we’re also offering the Borgata Festival Park Social Challenge to celebrate the opening of Festival Park and give you a chance to win amazing prizes over the next six weeks.
By completing some simple, fun tasks, you can compete in the Challenge by sharing with friends, answering fun trivia and other activities. Prize packages include Festival Park concert tickets, overnight stays at Borgata, meet and greets with top artists and more.
All you have to do is earn 1,000 points during an entry period to be included in the random drawing. As an added bonus, accumulate the most points between now and July 26 to win the Bonus Leaderboard Prize, which includes two tickets to three Festival Park shows of your choice and an overnight stay.
Some of the ticket packages up for grab include: