January 31, 2008

Screwpull Corkscrew - Old School Wine Opener


We're not sure why people spend so much on a wine opener. We received a gift of this Screwpull just over 3 years ago, and we haven't used another wine opener since. It's very easy to use - put in the screw end and then turn turn turn. As the top gets pulled into place, the cork lifts up - then you unscrew to remove the cork. The Screwpull only costs $15, and we think saving the $100 bucks on another super wine opener will get you more wine and less wine gadget that you don't need.

At Screwpull Table Model Corkscrew

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January 29, 2008

Wine and Travel Advice for Valentine's Day

Valentine Wines
Okay -- maybe this article isn't totally wine focused, but the travel tips alone warrant a look at these amazing tips. Many people travel and don't think of how to make getting there romantic or fun. We recommend a train - and bring a bottle of wine for the Valentine's Day vacation.

Tips include: 

  • Tip No. 1: Mix travel with old-fashioned romance. 
  • Tip No. 2: Call ahead for perks. 
  • Tip No. 3: Rub in the romance. 
  • Tip No. 4: A stay-at-home alternatives
  • Tip No. 5: Romantic delay is OK.
  • Tip No. 6: No time to travel? Keep it local. 
  • Tip No. 7: Single? Treat yourself!
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January 29, 2008

Is a Bottle of Cabernet Worth $500?

Screamingeagle214x250.JPGWe think some wines may be worth $500, but it's always hard to justify a bottle that expensive when a wine at $30-50 will score just as high. Last week, a study by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the California Institute of Technology reported that the price of a bottle of wine can influence a drinkers' palate. 

According to the study: 

"If a person is told they are tasting two different wines and that one costs $5 and the other $45 when they actually are the same wine, the part of the brain that experiences pleasure will become more active when the drinker thinks they are enjoying the more expensive vintage.". 

You can get the full read here. Photo credit Eric Risber/AP 2006.

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January 28, 2008

Vinturi Wine Aerator - Aerate Wine Quickly and Easily


Touted as the most efficient patented aerator on the market, the Vinturi can aerate a bottle of wine quickly, and with less fuss and muss than using a typical decanter. Simply hold Vinturi over a glass and pour wine through it. Vinturi draws in the proper amount of air to allow wine to breathe instantly for a smoother finish. Velvetized pullstring sack included. The Vinturi is also 5" high.

Via Popgadget at Vinturi

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January 22, 2008

Polycarbonate Stemless Wine Tumblers


The glass is as important as the wine. Most wine-lovers insist on a stem, but I enjoy the tumbler style that you can cup in your hand like a snifter. These high elegant and simple glasses are for red and white, (I know . . . how uncouth!) and made of high quality, durable Polycarbonate. Impress some friends and shock some connosoirs. A steal at $15 for 6.

At Polycarbonate Stemless Wine Tumblers

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January 18, 2008

Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 2004

So this is way swanky, but we have excellent justification for it. Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you've got to stockpile great wines for that night. Grenache is a wine you can truly enjoy, without the commitment demanded by a Cabernet or even a Syrah, and this wine fills the bill, although at rather a high level. The wine is a deep, nearly opaque purple, bringing confident aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry to the nose, with eucalyptus, black pepper, licorice and floral notes. This is deep, ripe, honest fruit, thick and concentrated, but far from jammy. The flavor notes are similar. You can actually get your teeth into just picked fruit, chew on the flesh, access the hard-working acidity. The tannins are firm, ripe, and well integrated. It all makes for delicious fun.

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January 17, 2008

Spencer Bar Cart

Sleek stainless steel design and tremendously functional. This bar cart is the perfect addition to any kitchen. I may be stepping on some bar blog toes, but my true liquor friends won't mind too much. The fellas at Liquor Snob are particularly understanding. The wine is important, but how you store, display and keep them is equally important. This simple, elegant piece is perfect.

Spencer Kitchen Bar Cart

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January 16, 2008

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course 2008


We've been looking for some good wine advice lately, and our Amazon search uncovered a book we're going to order immediately. It's called the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, an ongoing series that has been updated for 2008. We've read some good things about the course, and for the price it seems to offer a huge wealth of information that'd be useful for the novice and intermediate alike. We likes what we sees in the following review:
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is simply the bestselling wine book in North America—it’s a classic. The 2007 edition alone has sold over 100,000 copies and reorders continue to pour in. Along with the expanded text that has made last year’s update so successful, the 2008 revision will include a special 16-page supplement on “How to Taste Wine,” taken directly from Kevin’s world-famous class. This new material will include more than 100 wines that Zraly selects for his students to taste, along with the tasting sheet they use for their evaluations.
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2008 Edition
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January 15, 2008

Countertop Wine Opener

countertop-wine-opener.jpgOne of our biggest pet peeves when we want to open a bottle of wine is trying to find the corkscrew. We always try to keep it in the same drawer, but for some reason we always have trouble finding it. We've often thought it'd be great if we had one that'd be impossible to lose, and we think we've finally found it. The countertop wine opener is similar to ones we've seen in some commercial settings, and it looks very sturdy. Plus, it's pretty badass to be so damned committed to wine you give up precious counter space for it.

Connoisseur's Countertop Wine Opener

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January 10, 2008

Pek VinoVault Professional Wine Vault

What to get the latest upgrade to your wine vault? The Pek VinoVault Wine Preservation System now comes in a deluxe model featuring a durable stainless steel door and a digital display. The blue LED display allows the internal temperature to be easily monitored in your choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius. An adjustable thermostat allows for precision temperature control from 45°F to 65°F. Using Pek's state-of-art heat pipe technology, this unique wine refrigeration and preservation system provides ultra-quiet cooling for up 14 bottles of wine.

Via acquire at Pek VinoVault Professional Wine Vault

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January 7, 2008

The Whole Bottle Wine Glass

whole-bottle-wine-glass.jpgLooks like we were beaten to the punch on the 750ML, full bottle wine glass. Yes, we know we're supposed to be the ones finding all the cool wine gadgets for under $20, but what can you expect when there's so much wine to be drunk? We won't wax poetic about the thing, especially since Liquor Snob and Martini Groove have already done so. Part of us thinks you might as well just get a bucket, and if it holds EXACTLY 750ML won't it be tough to take that first sip? But of course, maybe that's just sour grapes because we didn't discover it first.

Giant Full Bottle Wine Glass

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January 4, 2008

Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2006

hanna-sauvignon-blanc.jpgWe're big Sauvignon Blanc fans around here, especially when we can find them for under $20. One brand we've definitely got a jones to try is Hanna's 2006 bottling, which got a staggering 93/100 from Wine & Spirits magazine and was their #1 pick out of over 150 Sauvignon Blancs. Sounds like you can't go wrong, especially for the price, but if you need more convincing, here's what they had to say:

"This wine has the Pacific cool of the Russian River Valley and a lovely pearlike flavor set in a generous texture..."
-Wines & Spirits

Hanna 2006 Sauvignon Blanc - White Wine

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January 3, 2008

Is China a Wine Taster’s Paradise?

Perhaps - but the chances of us making it to Beijing any time soon - seems remote. Still - the author has some really good points on what makes China and wine great.

“A wine lover’s paradise?” you ask. “Surely that’s just a bit of New Year’s celebratory hyperbole?”

Well, perhaps “paradise” is going too far, but Beijing and Shanghai are great places to be if you speak English and have a moderate amount of money, by Western standards, in your pocket to invest in your budding wine habit. Consider:

Unlike in most other major wine-producing countries - and China is a major wine producer, at least in volume terms – wine lists in Shanghai and Beijing tend to have a wide range of countries and wine styles represented. It is rare to see any North American or South American wines on lists in Australia. It is rare to see any imported wines at all in France, Italy and Spain. The best wine bars, restaurants and quality retailers here have wide selections of wines from around the world. If wine variety is the spice of life, Beijing and Shanghai measure up well.


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