“It’s not a party unless there’s Champagne”!- Blaine Ashley.
Blaine Ashley, founder of Citysip.com is a powerhouse when it comes to spirits, fashion, and events. Starting off in the fashion world as a stylist, reporter, and event producer, she quickly made her name by planning events for the W hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
City Sip is an online magazine that covers all things cocktail related with a focus on spirits and events. NYC Champagne Week was a success this year thanks to Blaine, champagne sponsors, and devoted champagne lovers, fans, and of course media. She spent a lot of June in France, where she met smaller producers and champagne growers who wanted her to spread the word about their brands. It’s funny, there are so many producers that want to get exposed in NYC that we never think or know about, but now thanks to NYC Champagne Week, we have the opportunity to taste, network, and explore this wonderful world of bubbly.
“I wanted to set it straight… not all sparkling wine is Champagne”. -Blaine Ashley
When she is not partaking in spirited events however, you can find her following her tightly packed, but successful schedule, in which she also writes a column “Jet Set Sip” for Destinations Travel Magazine, among many other publications.
It’s amazing how she gets it all done, but she does, and she does it with style! Well disciplined, she is up by 8, at the gym by 10, and starting her full day before noon. When she’s not attending meetings, spirit events, and or writing, she’s enjoying nice bottle of wine at home with some great NYC take out.
I truly admire Blaine Ashley for her skills, knowledge, and career growth. She represents how women are really making their mark in this industry and are doing it so well. She is an inspiration to any young aspiring event producer, spirits lover, and writer, looking to take their career to new heights. I know she has inspired me, as I am sure she will many of you. Check out CitySip and join in on Champagne Week in NYC, as well as many other spirited events hosted by CitySip in LA, San Francisco, Vegas, and Hawaii!