12th November 2008

Decorate with Wine for the Holidays

5 Bottle Wine RackI made an observation on Canadian Thanksgiving that solidified my idea of decorating with wine! We went to my in-laws for the Holiday, and they had thee most beautiful wine rack that displayed their wine bottles, and non-alcoholic wine bottles, on their bar right off the kitchen…

 It was so festive and chic! There are so many interesting wine bottles available nowadays, that they could be decorating items already…So, when entertaining over the holidays, don’t hide your wine bottles away, show ’em off on amazing wine racks!

In fact, my husband and I flip houses, and add decorator touches when showing a house…We will never be “wine-rackless” again!

Whether it be cute and romantic for 2 in a little nook of the home or by a garden tub, or more extravagant for those serious wine connoisseurs…

(My hubby and I have a great collection of wines, and would need this one for serving wine during the Holidays…)

How about on your beautiful granite counter topped bar, or on your perfectly set up buffet table?
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3rd November 2008

Grape Season Means Making Wine at Home

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By Kimberly Edwards

It is Grape Season! One of my very favorite times of year. Why? Because we make wine at home!

My parents have made wine at home for many many years…As long as I can remember, actually.

Every grape season, we choose what kind of grapes we want to use, and order them early from a local grower. We usually make our wine with concord, Agawam, and Niagara grape varieties, but you may choose to use any type of grape you so desire. We pick up about 4 bushels of grapes, and use the grapes we grow in our garden…And it is a family affair.

We all get together to wash and “process” the grapes. Meaning we pick each and every grape off of the stems.

Then, the boys take it away – well, into the garage – to juice the grapes through a grape/wine press into a huge Rubbermaid-type pail/trash bin with a spout at the bottom.

The boys then drain the juice from the bin into boiling water sterilized demijohns.

A simple syrup made from 1/2 water, 1/2 sugar (~1 bag) boiled until the sugar is dissolved, is added to the juice, since we love sweet wine that tastes something like Port or Sherry.

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22nd July 2008

Labels influencing wine purchases

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I don’t know how many of you are guilty of this, but I know I am, and not ashamed to admit it.  I pick out my wine by the packaging! Ok so now that thats out in the open, I’d like to say that more often than not the wines I choose are hits.  For me it’s not just the label that I take into consideration, the bottle and the name also play a major role. 

And after spending a week drinking non stop in the Outer Banks, I found this handy article in my inbox Buying Wine For Its Label from our friends at Mainstreet.  To my relief there are more people like me, aspiring winos, and collectors who have been known to buy for the label as well. This is becoming such a phenomenon that wineries have started to take notice, “a number of wineries, hoping to better sell their wines as essential lifestyle accessories — and perhaps make them a little more collectible — are putting art work on their labels”. Make sure to check out the complete article here!

** yes, and the above photo is an actual wine label.  visit at www.theshowwines.com

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21st May 2008

Courtesy of Cool Hunting

Riedel Decanters

Thanks to our friends at Cool Hunting

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New from Riedel, this series of decanters takes its inspiration from birds for a collection that’s as striking as it is functional.

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While the Swan (above right) and Paloma (top) feature sloping tails that double as handles and a curved neck serves as a drip-free spout, the Flamingo (above left) takes a cue from a traditional wine bottle. A deep indent in the bottom for the thumb provides stability with which to pour wine out of the nearly two-foot tall decanter. Each holds a bottle of wine and all are limited in quantity.

The Paloma, Swan and Flamingo are all available on Amazon.

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12th April 2008

Best Cheap Wines Under $10

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Browsing the internet today, I came across this amazing list of great cheap wines on www.mainstreet.com. I haven’t had a chance to try any yet myself, but I plan on taking this list with me next time I hit up the liquor store. Check em out and let us know what you think.  (no boxed wine included!)

1. Cape Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2007 ($6). This South African white is crisp and refreshing, perfect to “drink on a patio,” says wine connoisseur Andrea Clurfeld, food critic at New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press. She says its citrus and mineral undertones make it suited for shellfish.

2. Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja Borsao Red 2005 ($7). Clurfeld, calls this Spanish combination of Grenache and Tempranillo grapes “the single best cheap red wine in the world.” Fruity, but with depth, she says it goes with a wide range of foods and is “good on the tongue.” “I would put this against anything out there,” she says. 

3. Real Companhia Velha Porca de Murca 2005 ($7). This red blend from Portugal consistently sells out at Bottle Shoppe, Cesar Ruiz’s Brooklyn, N.Y. store. “It has a dry cherry taste,” says Ruiz. “It goes great with spicy food and even pizza.” 

4. Adega Condes de Albarel Albarino Salneval 2006 ($9). A warm day? A late lunch? Try this light Spanish white. Mouzouras calls Salneval “perfect for summer.” “It’s clean and crisp with a citrus flavor and nice acidity,” he says.

5. Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2006 ($9). Even with the euro, this French wine from the Gamay grape remains affordable. Best served slightly chilled, this Beaujolais works well with hors d’oeuvres. “It’s a nice to serve before dinner. It’s fruity and light, but it has a dry finish,” says Ruiz.

6. Monarchia Pinot Gris 2006 ($9).  This Hungarian wine sounds like a punch line, until you try a glass of the full-bodied, dry white. Expect a vibrant finish. “It’s clean and full on the mouth,” says Costas Mouzouras, buyer at Manhattan’s Gotham Wines. He suggests a Caprese salad as the perfect accompaniment.

7. Conde de Jauregui Rioja Crianza 2004 ($10). This strong Spanish red has “a good fruit front”, says Ruiz. He says customers love its “long finish on the palate” and “vanilla notes.” It is ideal served with beef.

8. Gascon Don Miguel Malbec 2006 ($10). Few countries can feel our economic pain better than Argentina, so it makes sense to turn to their wine, especially Malbec, which tastes much richer than the price tag. Mouzouras likes Gascon for its “really rich, velvety and plumy taste.” 

9. Miolo Reserva Pinot Noir 2006 ($10). Bring this Brazilian pinot noir to a party and you’ll feel like Indiana Jones – introducing the masses to an off-the-beaten-path treasure. “This wine took everybody by surprise. It’s really unbelievable,” says Mouzouras. It’s even tastier considering that decent American pinots rarely come in below $15. “And this is way better than decent.”

10. Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2006 ($10). Australia’s oldest family-owned vineyard produces plenty of acclaimed $100 bottles, but its bargain-basement “Y Series” line, which includes merlot, shiraz, rielsing, chardonnay, and rose, merits attention too. Clurfeld says the best deal is the “gently fruity” Viognier which pairs well with mildly spicy Asian food. “This allows you to become familiar with a great grape without spending a fortune,” she says.

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25th March 2008

Wine Lovers Rejoice!

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From our favorite people who brought us Woot.com, there is now wine.woot giving great specials each week on some of the best wines from around the world.  So, all you oenophiles out there log on to wine.woot.com and start snatching up your favorite wines at unbeatable prices!  Better act fast, because these bottles fly off the shelves.

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