Sarah Tracey, Professional Lush
If you’re like most of my fabulous friends...
You love curating a beautiful, joyful lifestyle, with a closet full of looks that inspire Insta-envy and a home filled with gorgeous design (or if you’re not there yet, at least a Pinterest board filled with interior inspiration); you’re slaying at work, rocking out dinner parties full of local & seasonal ingredients with your eyes closed, and you consider cocktails and wine and to be the most festive ingredients of a well-lived life.
...But when it comes to which wine, you grab whatever bottle has the cutest label that fits your current budget and run out of the store before anyone can guess you don’t know the difference between Sancerre and Sauvignon Blanc. (I feel you, this stuff isn't easy!)
If you’ve ever wished you had a cool sommelier friend to help you navigate the complex world of wine, you’re in the right place: welcome to The Lush Life!
This is a wine-snob-free zone: you won’t find any wine reviews on the site and I won't tell you what not to drink. I’m simply here to help you discover your own palate and totally own it; plus give you the tools to know your way around a wine list or retail shop like a pro. I’ll encourage you to try wines you’ve never heard of that may become your next favorite, play with spirits and creative cocktail making, pair food and wine like a boss, and just generally upgrade your life with bottles that are delicious, sustainable, stylish and affordable. And because I fully embrace the wine lifestyle and the culture of the cocktail, you'll also find features dedicated to gorgeous glassware, covetable bar cart style, wine travel guides, and wine-inspired fashion and beauty brands.
About Sarah Tracey, Founder
I’m a sommelier, wine educator, and event consultant based in Brooklyn. I’m almost always in the mood for Beyoncé and almost always in the mood for Champagne. I believe that opening a bottle of wine is the cheapest and quickest way to travel the world without leaving your sofa, and that life is way too short not to drink wines that you absolutely love!
I adore New York, but I jet whenever possible to explore wine regions all over the world--- because bringing you the stories of the producers who are making the fabulous wines that adorn our tables is the best part of my job. When I’m not vineyard-hopping, you can find me brainstorming for my column over at MarthaStewart.com (over 50 wine articles and counting, woot!), working on the wine list for the Michelin-starred healthful dining destination Rouge Tomate Chelsea where I currently serve as Wine Director, and creating unforgettable wine experiences for my event clients, from corporate team tastings and brand and media events to wine-soaked birthday and bachelorette bashes. I learned the ropes of the beverage biz as Event Operations Manager at City Winery New York, where I was responsible for turning out hundreds of successful events from intimate winemaker dinners to large scale weddings and everything in between; and I learned that there’s not a lot that a cool head, friendly smile, and a little bit of Prosecco can’t solve. I’m a self-confessed super wine geek with a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and I have taught over 200 wine classes to date.
Interested in working together on an event or tasting? Click here for more info.
In my free time I love throwing epic dinner parties in my Brooklyn garden for my hilarious, creative, and inspiring friends; and I frequently channel my inner Diana Ross with big hair (and plenty of bling) as a singer in New York’s Premiere Girl Group Tribute Band, The Chiclettes. Instagram is definitely one of my guilty pleasures--- come say hi!