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This morning, I attended an annual breakfast with some of the most amazing women alive, let alone on Nantucket.  I so enjoy this opportunity each summer–it beyond stimulating hearing about all the incredible projects and life achievements that these extraordinary ladies share.  The one drawback...

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Fashion in a Sconset Garden…

Posted by admin | Posted in currentVintage, Events, Fashion, Nantucket, Vintage | Posted on 28-07-2011

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CP Amber Lilly

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 was a lovely day for a Garden Party.  Lilly & Pucci were present, as was most of Sconset….A grand estate, inventive cocktails, a happening DJ and models galore…all for a good cause.  As you can see from these snaps, a good time was had by all!

“Fashion in a Sconset Garden” to benefit A Safe Place.

Fashions by currentVintage + Cheryl Fudge & Peter Beaton Hats.  Many thanks to Gene Mahon of Nantucket’s Mahon About Town for fabulous photos!

Elisabeth of cV with Darcy, Cheryl & Models

Teka Pink HatPaula O/S Blue

OB, EE, CP, DC, CF, Teka

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Seen in cV Hall of Fame

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Fashion, Nantucket, travel, Vintage | Posted on 20-07-2011

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At currentVintage, we love it when our customers tell us how much they have enjoyed something they bought from us–whether it is clothing, wine, cheese or home goods!  When they take the time to send us a photo, well, we’re over the moon!  Sometimes people stop in the store wearing a cV purchase, so of course, like a proud parent, we have to snap their picture.  You can see these on the cV Facebook Page, where we have an album entitled “Seen in cV”.   But for those not on facebook, we’ve compiled a little “cV Hall of Fame”…

cV on facebook

lassiter1shoe modelsSherri's daughterlulu in cV Joe Donelanliz hLiza & dateKim In White StagKate Pierson cVIMG_7161IMG_7160IMG_7285IMG_50020906_1568Grace leonardIMG_3683Gussie Diem WillisDuncan & Heather at Opera CupcV jr modelsAmy peayIMG_38381007_0479150871_463369751926_175675146926_6220449_1267525_n

French Rosé

Posted by admin | Posted in currentVintage, Events, Nantucket, Wine | Posted on 13-07-2011

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Rosé wines–so summery, so beautiful….so DIVISIVE!  Our customers are basically divided into three camps:

1.  Those who drink little else for these three months

2.  Those who realize rosé has a lot to offer, but are still discovering regions and styles

3.  Those who ‘just say no’.

Most of us at currentVintage dwell proudly in the first category, especially when it comes to French rosé!  We asked cV Staff Member & Sommelier at The Pearl, Jenny Benzie, to share her thoughts on summer & Rosé…

Summer on Nantucket would not be complete without including a bottle of rosé wine for whatever  the occasion might be – sunset at The Galley, an afternoon picnic at Ladies Beach or brunch at The Boarding House on the weekend.   With so many fabulous rosé wine selections available,  it’s almost like taking a mini-vacation to France as you taste through the varying styles offered from the different regions…

Cótes de Provence is a large and non-contiguous rosé producing region of Southern France in the Côte d’Azur spanning several communes.  This area accounts for the largest amount of rosé production in Provence.  The wines produced are made from a blend of no more than 40% Carignan and at least 60% of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibouren.  At least 20% of the rosé must be blended from wine produced in the saignée method (bleeding of the vats, removing some pink juice from red wine production).  These wines are often bottled in the traditional regional wine bottle that almost looks like a bowling pin!

Jenny Recommends:  Saint Roch les Vignes, 2010, $15

Bandol is a small region on the water located in the Provence region of Southern France and is one of the more internationally recognized wine regions from this area.  The only region based more so on the Mourvedre grape, which must be at least 50% of the blend, grenache and cinsault are used to complete the wine.  Small amounts of syrah and carignane may also be used (up to 15% if blended or 10% if used individually). Since red wine is more prevalent here, there is only a small amount of rosé wine production and even less white (check out the Domaines Ott Blanc de Blanc we have in the store made from Clairette + Ugni Blanc!).  The combination of the warm coastal climate and silicone/limestone soils create a wine that offers character and complexity

Jenny Recommends: Château Pradeaux , 2010, $27

Tavel can be found in the Southern Rhône Valley, just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  This region ONLY makes rosé wine (that’s right, no red or white wines here) and must have an alcohol content between  11 – 13.5%.  Grenache and Cinsault are the main grapes used, accompanied by Syrah and Mourvedre.  These wines tend to have body and structure and therefore making them one of the few rosé wines that could possibly benefit from some aging.

Jenny Recommends: Chateau Trinquevedel, 2010, $20

The Vintage-wearing Sommelier, Jenny Benzie

Want to learn more about these wines?  Come buy a bottle and try it!  You can find these and many other fabulous rosés on the shelf or chilled in our cooler at currentVintage.

Jenny Benzie is the owner of Pour Sip Savor, a forward thinking wine business in which she is able to provide ‘An Assemblage of Sommelier Services’ by creating wine education opportunities for consumers, private client wine services, restaurant wine list consulting and brand ambassador to wine regions from around the world.  Her sommelier expertise has been honed by working at some of the finest establishments – Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, Michael’s in Santa Monica, Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach and The Pearl on Nantucket.

currentVintage in Food & Wine

Posted by admin | Posted in currentVintage, Events, Fashion, Nantucket, Vintage, Wine | Posted on 06-07-2011

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A few years ago, I was interviewed by Jen Murphy of Food & Wine magazine.  She asked me to envision several quintessential Nantucket summer occasions and suggest the perfect fashion and wine pairings–much like we do every day in the store–for FoodandWine.com.  I happily obliged and the piece was posted in June of 2009.

Two years later, currentVintage is once again featured in Food & Wine–this time in print!!  (F&W Best New Chef 2000) Amanda Lydon & Gabriel Frasca ( Straight Wharf, Provisions) were designated “Most Anticipated Opening” among a list of hotly anticipated restaurants,  for their new farm-to-table Italian eatery, Ventuno. They were kind to recommend cV as Nantucket’s  “Top Wine Store” in the July 2011 issue…

“Our friend Beth English owns currentVintage, a quirky store that sells both wine and vintage clothes. It’s sort of like chicken and waffles—until you experience it, it’s hard to believe what a great idea it is.”

It was an aw shucks moment, which led me to revisit the earlier piece…and I was delighted at how “current” it felt!  It was only two years ago, but that can be eons in the world of fashion.

Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to update for Summer 2011.  The occasions may be the same but it’s fun to mix it up a little in what we wear AND what we drink.  The new improved list of Nantucket occasions and their 2011 “Suggested Pairings” are in PINK.  Happy Summer!

Nantucket Wine & Fashion


It takes talent to match just the right wine with a dish. Some would also argue that it takes talent to match the perfect handbag or heels with a dress. That makes Elisabeth English, the owner of Nantucket’s Current Vintage, super-talented.

After selling her interest in Provisions (the island’s beloved sandwich shop) to Amanda Lydon and Gabriel Frasca, English opened this wine-and-fashion boutique. The year-old shop has a tightly edited selection of more than 150 wines with an emphasis on boutique labels and a particularly exciting selection of American Pinot Noirs and Burgundy. English also stocks vintage and designer clothing, jewelry and shoes. Here, she shares her picks for what to wear and drink at quintessential Nantucket summer outings:

’Sconset Picnic

Clothes: Vintage 1950s sundress and ankle-wrap espadrille  2011 Pairing:  Vintage Silk Pucci dress & Metallic Jack Rogers sandal
Wine: Domaine Bart Rosé, Marsannay, France  2011 Pairing: Pierre Peters NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvee de Reserve

Madequesham Clam Bake

Clothes: Vintage 1960s Lilly Pulitzer floral maxi and a pedicure  Perfection!
Wine: ’07 Curran Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez, California  2011 Pairing: Domaine de la Pepieres 2010 “Clos des Briords” Muscadet

Hulbert Avenue BBQ

Clothes: Vintage 1970s Jordache jeans, embroidered Mexican top and gladiator sandals  2011 Pairing:  Genetic Denim “Adriane” flair jean + Madras schoolboy blazer
Wine: ’05 Kangarilla Road Shiraz-Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia  2011 Pairing:  Betts & Scholl 2006 Grenache

POSTED JUNE 23, 2009 AT 8:49PM EDT