February 28, 2007

On Shipping Wine - Redux

Wine ShippingA while back we tried to put together a primer on how to ship wine to various states. We tried to do our research, but somehow we managed to drop the ball egregiously - or at least that was the vibe from the comments we read. In an attempt to make things right, we've dug up a couple articles from WineLog that cover the same ground. Hopefully they got it right, but if they didn't...hey, don't kill the messengers.

Article 1 - an overview and a treatise on reciprocity

Article 2 - state specifics and some other details

Good luck and we hope you find it more helpful than what we put together.

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February 27, 2007

Get Vertical with your Wine Tasting

Wine TastingWe always find we like to get a little bit horizontal after a few glasses of wine, or at least in that "L" shape that allows us to be most comfortable on the couch. It turns out, horizontal isn't always the way to go when it comes to wine. We've found an article at that espouses the virtues of a vertical tasting - the tasting of different vintages of the same wine. We found it interesting, and it has a few tips for how they work and where you might find one in your area.

When I say that I’ve been doing a lot of vertical tasting lately, I don’t mean that I’ve been drinking wine while standing up. Formal wine tastings fall into two categories—horizontal and vertical, both intended to highlight differences and/or similarities among different wines. A horizontal tasting pits different wines from the same vintage against one another. A vertical tasting features different vintages of the same wine. If you’re a wine geek or a budding one, chances are you’ll attend one of these at some point.
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February 15, 2007

Pick Up Some Sommelier Secrets

Men at a Wine TastingAmateur wine enthusiasts (and beginners alike) rejoice - you no longer need to fear the sommelier. You know, the guy who looks down his nose at you in a fancy restaurant because you don't get his terroir jokes? We've found an excellent Q&A about how to handle a sommelier and know exactly what to ask/tell him or her when you're trying to pair your food with wine or just order a nice bottle.

We've included a couple of our favorite questions - and their answers - after the jump.

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February 14, 2007

Wine, Wine, Good for your Heart

Red Red WineThe more you drink it, the more you...get the health benefits. OK, maybe that's not the best way to start off our Valentine's Day post, but we love hearing people rave about how great red wine is for your heart, and every time we read an article about it, it does our hearts good. And what better day to have good heart happenings that VDay?

We've found another interesting note about an experiment involving mice, fatty foods and a chemical in wine over at the Sporting Life. Not only is the article they're discussing interesting, we liked their take on it too:

Actually, a whole history of the popularization of the ‘red wine good for you’ theory is given here. In a surprise twist, from 1992 until now, the theory has traveled the opposite road to most similar hypotheses. Rather than being a solid theory, slowly eroded by science into ridicule, it started is life as the crackpot ravings of drunken Frenchmen and then built up a weight of scientific evidence.
The Sporting Life - Drink up or die! (Red wine still good for you)

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February 12, 2007

Rapid Ice Instant Wine Chiller

Instant Wine ChillerWe've been known to put down a bottle of white wine in near-record time, and something that can be frustrating is when it takes more time to chill the bottle than it does to drink it. Enter the Rapid Ice wine cooler from Vacu Vin...or in a pinch you could drink your wine from a Kronik Chill.

The Rapid Ice Instant Wine Cooler ($12) helps this problem by freezing it, then slipping it over the bottle for 5 minutes. It can keep your vino cold for up to 3 hours without the need for a dedicated, and sometimes messy, ice bucket. It apparently also works for beer, but if it takes you three hours to finish one of those you're drinking way too slowly.
Wine Enthusiast [via Uncrate]

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February 9, 2007

Wines for Valentines

Romantic WinesThe time is almost here - the big V-Day '07. It's time to get all romantical with your chosen animal, vegetable, or mineral, and if we're talking romance, we should be talking wine. We've found some recommendations for romantic wines this year that will hopefully get you some romantic attention, or at least keep you out of the doghouse.

Seduction is a wine that was suggested by two people — Mike Smith, of Napa, and Bart O’Brien, of O’Brien Cellars, who produced the wine. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and comes in a red and black box that emphasizes the words, “Lovers, Friends and You.” The wine itself is enclosed in a red see-through bag, which was described by a colleague in the newsroom as “the only wine I’ve ever seen that comes in a negligee.”
St. Helena Star

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February 6, 2007

Folding Wine Table

Folding Wine TableWe're always on the lookout for an elegant solution for storing and displaying our wine, especially in the limited space we have available. This folding wine table we found at Amazon seems like a good way to go, especially considering it has room for 4 bottles and 12 glasses without even using the top of the table. We're picturing this as a great item to whip out for dinner parties so you can keep your wine and glasses near where you're eating.

Or, we might get one and use it as a TV tray - you never know when you might need four bottles of wine to go with your Hungry Man dinner and your Sanford & Son reruns.

Amazon - Folding Wine Table

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February 5, 2007

Don't blush if you like pink wine

Pink WineGet it?

Rose wines have gone from a tacky '70s spirit to today's trendy libation, say wine experts. Expect to sample some if you head to the Boston Wine Expo next weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

The 16th annual Boston Wine Expo is one of the largest events of its kind in the country, bringing 450 wineries and more than 1,800 wines to the Hub for a weekend of wine education and enlightenment.

Read more at the Eagle Tribune

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February 4, 2007

CFW Monthly Roundup: January '07

Full Frontal WineWelcome to 2007, wine lovers! We did our best to make January as interesting as possible, and we've found all sorts of great stuff to get your through these (more or less) cold winter months. Not only did we find all sorts of wine steals you can try to find at your local shop, we also uncovered some interesting gizmos and services, including a portable wine thermometer, and a mobile search service so you can compare wine prices through your phone. Plus, we did a crossover with the boys over at Liquor Snob discussing Death in the Afternoon, a combination of two of our favorite things - wine and absinthe. Drink and be merry!

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