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Jordan Salcito Is Making Wine Coolers Cool Again

The director of wine special projects at Momofuku, founded the chic, organic wine spritzer brand, Ramona.

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Photography by: Daniel Krieger

She got her first taste of wine, so to speak, at a young age—listening to family tales of her grandfather’s basement blends. But it wasn’t until Jordan Salcito graduated from culinary school and landed in the kitchen at NYC’s famed Daniel restaurant that she developed “an electric interest” in it. She worked harvest on vineyards in France, Patagonia, and Italy; became sommelier at Eleven Madison Park; passed the famously difficult Court of Master Sommeliers blind-taste exam in one try; and ran the wine program for David Chang’s Momofuku group. He gave her a mandate: “Understand the rules, and break them,” and in 2016 she did, launching Ramona, a line of organic canned spritzers that are light-years away from candy-flavored wine coolers. Like Ramona, Salcito’s style is “high-low”: The mom of a toddler typically throws on jeans, a blouse, and a beloved rose-gold cuff, since everything’s better with a little sparkle.

 

 

Her Essentials

“Fashion is a joyful tool for self-expression.”

 

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Photography by: Peter Ardito; Courtesy of The Polished Plate (china); Courtesy of Aurelie Bidermann (cuff)

Richard Ginori Granduca Coreana china, $150, thepolishedplate.com.

“This pattern is easy to fall in love with.”

 

Aurelie Bidermann vintage rose-gold cuff, from $650, netaporte.com.

“It’s delicate yet powerful.”

 

R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray, $30 for 8.5 fl. oz., amazon.com.

“My hair secret—I use it with a curling wand to add waves.”

 

Zara ruffled pleated top, $46, zara.com.

“This blouse spruces up jeans and makes me feel instantly dressier and more elegant.”

 

Koeze Cream-Nut Natural peanut butter, $6.50 for 17 oz., koeze.com.

“It’s always in my fridge; I’m not above eating a spoonful straight out of the jar.”

 

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Photography by: Peter Ardito; Courtesy of Saint Laurent (bag)

Saint Laurent Large Sac de Jour Souple bag, $3,350, ysl.com.

“I carry this every day. It holds everything, including small fire engines for our toddler.” 

 

Kosås Weightless Lipcolor, in Stardust, $28, neimanmarcus.com.

“The color is very natural, and I love that the brand is, too.”

 

Allbirds Tree Runners, $95, allbirds.com.

“With a little one, I’m on my feet a lot, and these are really comfortable.”

 

Madewell High-rise Skinny jeans, in Hayes Wash, $128, madewell.com.

“They’re incredibly flattering—I bought two pairs in five minutes after trying them on.”

 

Glossier Lash Slick, $16, glossier.com.

“It’s genius, really. It elongates lashes without making them thick and clumpy.”

 

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Photography by: Peter Ardito; Christian Schcolnik/Getty (Amalfi Coast)

Junior Mints

“My go-to movietheater snack.”

 

Pierre Péters Blanc de Blancs, $60, astorwines.com.

“One of my favorite Champagnes. It’s so clean and delicious.”

 

Pink ice protea

“I like to pair these stems with citrus fruits in an arrangement.”

 

Momofuku, by David Chang and Peter Meehan, Clarkson Potter, 2009; $40, amazon.com.

“This cookbook just gets better with age.”

 

The Amalfi Coast

“I have yet to find anywhere as magical as here.”

 

Ramona wine spritz, $20 for four 8.4-oz. cans, drinkramona.com.

“When entertaining, I set out cans for guests to spike with Avión silver tequila if they like.”