- Morgan First, Founder, Rosè Mansion New York, New York.
- Shoshana Filene, Business Development Manager/Senior Wine Specialist, Zachys Wine Auctions White, Plains, New York.
- Jack Hendler, Co-Owner/Head Brewer Jack’s Abby Brewing, LLC (Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer) Framingham, Massachusetts.
- Todd Cavallo, Owner / Winemaker Wild Arc Farm Pine Bush, New York.
- Brian Polen, Co-Founder & President Brooklyn Kura Brooklyn, New York.
- Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador New York Wine & Grape Foundation Brooklyn, New York.
- Leslie Merinoff, Co-Founder /Co-Distiller Matchbook Distilling Co., The Lin Beach House, Days Like These Matchbook Distilling Co.
- Tara Empson, CEO Empson&Co/ Empson USA/ Empson Canada USA Alexandria VA/ IT Milano/ CAN Calgary.
- Sam Filler, Executive Director New York Wine and Grape Foundation Penn Yan, New York.
- Cha McCoy, Founder/ Event Sommelier Cha Squared Hospitality & Consulting, LLC and creator of the wine dinner event series ‘The Communion’ New York, New York & Lisbon, Portugal.
- Andrea Morris, Beverage Director Union Square Hospitality Group New York City, New York
- Gabriel Urrutia, Author, Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City. Co-founder, DRINK Miami. Bacardi Single Malts Ambassador, TEAM Enterprises. self-employed, TEAM Enterprises Miami, Florida.
- Jamie Graves, Japanese Beverage Portfolio Manager Skurnik Wines & Spirits New York, New York.
- Álvarode la Viña, Importer Selections de la Viña Brooklyn, New York.
- Naomi Levy, Lead Bartender Better Sorts Social Club Boston, Massachusetts.
- Day Bracey Host/Founder Drinking Partners/Fresh Fest Beer Fest Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Edward Bailey, Co Host Drinking Partners Podcast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Amanda Wittstrom, Higgins VP of Operations Ancient Peaks Winery Santa Margarita, California.
- Matthew Kaner, Wine Director & Partner Bar Covell | Augustine Wine Bar | Good Measure | AM/FM Wines | Solovin Wine Club Los Angeles, California.
- Maayan Koschitzky, Director of Winemaking/Partner Atelier Melka Napa Valley , California.
- Christine Clair, Winery Director Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner, Oregon.
- Andréa McBride -John, CEO and Co-Founder McBride Sisters Wines California.
- John House, Co-owner/winemaker @ OVUMOVUM, Les Caves PDX (co-owner), La Luz Selections (co-owner) Portland, Oregon.
- Geoffrey McFarlane, CEO Winc, Los Angeles, California.
- Chip Forsythe, Winemaker & CEO Rebel Coast Winery Oakland, California.
- Jennifer Reichardt, owner and winemaker ( for the family business the COO) Raft Wines (family business, Liberty Ducks – it’s a food and wine extravaganza everyday) Santa Rosa, California (the ducks are in Petaluma).
- Kirk Wiles, CEO / Founder Paradise Springs Winery Clifton, Virginia and Santa Barbara, California.
- Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker,Fringe Collective Fringe Collective Wines Hopland, California
- Ksenija Kostic, HouseCo-Owner/winemaker at Ovum wines, assistant winemaker at Argyle winery Ovum wines, Argyle winery Newberg, Oregon.
- Elizabeth Bourcier, Assistant Vigneronne Cayuse Vineyards, Proprietor La Rata Wines Cayuse Vineyards Walla Walla, Washington.
- Sarah Cahn Bennett, Co-Owner / Navarro Vineyards & Winemaker / Pennyroyal Farm Navarro Vineyards & Pennyroyal Farm Boonville, California.
- Paul Gospodarczyk, Winemaking Professor & Director Napa Valley College Napa, California.
- Jamie Benziger, Winemaker, The Wine Group Glen Ellen, California.
- Carlin Karr, Wine Director, Frasca Food and Wine/ Tavernetta/ Pizzeria Locale,Boulder Frasca Food and Wine,Inc Boulder, CO & Denver, Colorado.
- Richard Hanauer, Partner & Wine Director,RPM Restaurants / Bar Ramone Chicago,Illinois.
- Alex Negranza, Director of Operations, (Partner),Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Pastry War, Nightingale Room, (Penny Quarter- Opening June 2019),Houston, Texas.
- Alexandra Minton, Wine Director QED Hospitality New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Ashtin Berry, Hospitality Activist, Content Pioneer of Radical Xchange,myself, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Alexis Brown, Co-Founder/Director Causing A Stir Chicago, Illinois.
- Erin James, Editor-in-chiefSip Publishing (publisher of Sip Northwest and Cidercraft magazines)Seattle, Washington.
If you watched the Big Game, you probably saw that Squarespace ran its fifth consecutive Super Bowl ad. This time around, we tapped actor Keanu Reeves: action star and motorcycle enthusiast who has been running his motorcycle company through Squarespace since 2015.
The ad, which features Keanu performing a badass motorcycle-surfing stunt in the middle of a desert, encourages viewers to go out and “make it happen.” And yes, he really performed the stunt himself.
The hawk is one of the most powerful birds in the sky. It dominates its territory by fiercely navigating the air, swooping in on its prey with incredible speed and accuracy. Now apply those characteristics to a vehicle and you discover something that is ferociously fast, nimble and adaptable with unprecedented performance.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an AWD SUV equipped with the notorious Hellcat engine. A supercharged 6.2 liter V8 delivering 707hp with 645 ft-lb of torque in a 8-speed automatic with Quadra-Trac active on demand 4WD that catapults this brute from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, howling across the quarter mile in 11 seconds and reaches a top velocity of 180 mph. There are no other SUVs in the world exhibiting this type of performance besides the Lamborghini Urus (650hp w/ 626lb-ft torque starting around $200,000). With a height of 67.9 inches, you will be staring at the roof of many vehicles which are capable of keeping up, especially if you follow Launch Control instructions – this bird soars 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds.
Weighing in at 5,636lbs, it is armed with an enlarged Brembo performance anti-lock braking system. Up front, the Trackhawk is fitted with big 15.8-inch rotors with 6-piston calipers; and in the back end, it passes 13.8-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers, making it come to a halt from 60 mph in a mere 114 feet. The bright yellow calipers nicely compliment the 20×10 inch black satin aluminum wheels ($995) encased in meaty 295/45ZR20 BSW 3 season tires ($895). Moreover, Blistein competition suspension containing active dampening keeps it firmly planted with very slight roll. Select-Track system allows the driver to elect five different modes – auto, sport, track, snow and tow (w/ 7200lb capacity).
Many drivers in a metropolis are defensive, but some aren’t able to concentrate on what’s in our peripheral during a concrete jungle safari. Precisely for that reason, several safety features have been implemented: parallel and perpendicular park assist; LaneSense lane departure warning; full speed forward collision warning; advanced brake assist; adaptive cruise control to stop, blind spot and cross path detection; park view rear backup camera; and last but certainly not least, a valet mode that significantly reduces horsepower (to about 200 hp) and torque to make the car more manageable to the unfamiliar.
Carrying on to the exterior, the Jeep is tastefully badged with “Trackhawk” emblems (on floor mats as well as rear back gate) and a “Supercharged” side door steel plate informing spectators of what’s under the hood. The front-end features a seven-slot grille equipped with Bi-Xenon HID headlamps. And, similar to its Challenger Hellcat sibling, it features functional air intakes which replace fog lamps to help cool the powerful engine. Continuing towards the boot, Fiat-Chrysler North America (NA) added quad exhaust tips, causing the vehicle to appear more aggressive on most angles.
Upon entering the cabin, drivers and passengers are welcomed by Napa/Suede “Trackhawk” stamped performance seats, carbon fiber trim, blackened chrome accents and a three-spoke flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters. Adjacent, lies the Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4 inch display which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, the screen can access various drive modes as well as engine performance readouts for the more avid aficionado. And, if you go on to purchase the 2XV package, not only will you have access to a high performance vehicle, but a high performance audio system ($1,995). Outfitted with 19 Harman Kardon speakers alongside a subwoofer and an 825-Watt amplifier. With ample head and leg room, one can expect space for the entire modern family – driver, four passengers and a small to medium sized dog to comfortably run circles in the trunk area. Moreover, there’s adequate room for a few weekender bags to stealthily fit underneath the trunk matt right above the spare tire.
It’s almost hard to believe that such an SUV exists at such an affordable price point: supercar power plant, all-terrain capabilities, tenacious brakes, moderately precise steering (best in track mode), enhanced suspension offers comfortable cornering and hypersensitive acceleration – no one will ever ask, “Are we there yet?” The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk base price is close to $85,900 and the customer preferred package 2XV adds another $4,980 for a total of $90,880. In short, Fiat Chrysler NA once again delivers a huge bargain which cannot be ignored while delivering tremendous curb appeal. Hence, the Trackhawk will leave enthusiasts watering at the mouth for years to come.
Harley-Davidson Museum® Readies for the Party of the Year over Labor Day WeekendFree live music, high-wire thrill shows, Wall of Death performances and so much more make the Harley-Davidson Museum® the epicenter for this end-of-summer
That rumble growing in the distance can mean only one thing: Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts are making their way to southeastern Wisconsin for the biggest party of the summer over Labor Day weekend. And beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 30, the H-D Museum™ campus will be rocking with free concerts from headliners like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jackyl and crowd favorites Hairball (among others).
But before the stage lights go up, the spotlight will shine on daily performances from Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show and Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death. And while we will say goodbye to our special summer exhibit – “The Race of Gentlemen” – after Labor Day, the weekend’s activities will make sure this is one for the books.
Many of our friends and fans throughout the city, including the Wisconsin Center, the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Corners of Brookfield, the Wisconsin DOT and more, will look to shine a welcoming light to all the riders as they turn their buildings and landmarks orange in support of Milwaukee’s most famous export.
Some highlights include:
Free, live music on the H-D Museum™ campus, Wednesday through Sunday
- Wednesday, Aug. 30 (7 p.m.): Déjà vu
- Thursday, Sept. 1 (7 p.m.): Hairball with opener Shallow Side
- Friday, Sept. 2 (7:30 p.m.): Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with opener Wayland
- Saturday, Sept. 3 (7:30 p.m.): Jackyl with opener The Dead Daises
- Sunday, Sept. 4 (11 a.m.): Rachel Stacy with opener Mellencouger
Harley-Davidson New Product Trailer (all-weekend long)
- Be among the first to throw a leg over Harley-Davidson’s new line of 2018 motorcycles, including the highly anticipated line of 115th Anniversary Models. This is the Motor Company’s largest-ever product launch, and this is a chance to be a part of history.
Demo rides at Harley-Davidson’s Powertrain Operations
- If you’re itching to see what Harley-Davidson’s 2018 models can do on the road, head to the Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls for demo rides on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Open to the public Friday, Sept. 1 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Saturday, Sept. 2 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Ride-in Custom Bike Show
- Your bike is hot, show it off at the H-D Museum’s annual Custom Bike Show. Rolling sculptures will blanket the campus as builders compete for the coveted Willie G. Davidson Award.
- (Sunday, Sept. 3. Registration: 8 – 10 a.m. Judging: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Awards show: 4 p.m.)
“The Race of Gentlemen”
- This weekend marks your last chance to see the special summer exhibit, “The Race of Gentlemen,” before it heads back to the Jersey Shore. At the intersection of speed and style, The Race of Gentlemen has become a must-see and must-do automotive carnival. The H-D Museum™ is proud to bring together the vehicles, the artistry and the personalities that make up The Race of Gentlemen for its special exhibit. Regular Museum rates apply.
But that’s just the beginning. The Wall of Death and Motorcycle Thrill Show will keep the campus buzzing during the day, while MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant delivers the best in bold, American classics to your table. Miller High Life and Sailor Jerry will bring their world-famous beverages to ensure nobody goes home thirsty. The Shop will offer unique items available all weekend, including 115th Anniversary Rivets to commemorate the rider in your life and our new line of authentic archive reproductions with H-D Originals. And if some body work is the sort of customization you had in mind, Horseshoe Tattoo will again be on hand to spill a little ink.
Fans are invited to visit H-DMuseum.com to learn more about all the weekend’s activities. And for those looking for a second-helping of fun, be sure to visit the Big Gig BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 3 (noon – 7 p.m.) for the best BBQ in town on the lakefront at Henry Maier Festival Park.
About the Harley-Davidson Museum®
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.