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November 2, 2006

Choosing the Right Wine Glass

Wine GlassesWe've found a fairly interesting article that tells you not only how to choose the right glasses for the wine you're serving, but also how to serve it effectively. For example, contrary to (our) popular belief, you're not supposed to try to fill your glass so it's nearly overflowing, with a meniscus of grape over the top. Who knew?

While wine is a type of alcohol, it refutes this easy-to-serve concept. It’s not horribly difficult to serve, but when compared to other forms of alcohol, its proper service requires a little more know how, a know-how that is facilitated by an understanding of the different types of wine glasses.
Read on at Serving with Wine Glasses (blogcritics)

To get you started we found some likely wine glasses at Amazon:
Bodum So Long Stemless Red Wine Glasses, Set of 2

Riedel Vinum Bordeaux Wine Glasses, Set of 6

Mikasa Cheers Balloon Wine Glasses, Set of 4

Riedel Wine Series Viognier/Chardonnay Glasses, Set of 4

Riedel Vinum Extreme Cabernet/Merlot Glasses, Set of 2

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September 29, 2006

Wine/Champagne Display Box

wine-champagne-box.jpgGood day, and welcome to Swanky Wine Friday!

Once again, our featured product isn't a wine per se, but instead a wine accessory - a display box, in fact. Squint through your monocle to check it out, and make sure to put on your best Mr. Howell voice when you talk about it. This elegant wine display box is made of teak and maple, and is the perfect way to display or make a gift of your finest bottle of wine or champagne.

Oh, the price?

If you have to ask you probably can't afford it, or at least not as a gift box anyway, but feel free to gaze upon it at Amazon.

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September 22, 2006

Silver and Glass Wine Decanter

Masini Gioielli Silver and Glass DecanterHoly crap. This Swanky Wine Friday, that's all we can say. We're not going to tell you how expensive the Masini Gioielli Silver and Glass Decanter pictured to the right is. We're just going to say if you were to buy it you'd probably spend as much as you would if you bought 20 or so bottles of wine.

You'd think for that kind of money they could throw a product description up on Amazon, but we guess that's out of the question so we'll tell you what we know.

It's made of silver and glass, it weighs two and a half pounds, and it's designed to hold wine. So there you have it.

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September 19, 2006

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set

Rabbit Wine OpenerWhen it comes to opening wine simply and with a minimum of forearm strength, the Rabbit is the way to go. It's a bit bulkier than your typical corkscrew or wine opener, but at least you don't have to wrestle the damned cork out of the bottle.

We've found one at Amazon that is a flashy-looking silver, plus it's marked down pretty considerably from the full price at the time of posting ($43.50 from $110). Plus, the gift set comes with a foil cutter, drip-stop ring, bottle sealer, wax remover, and an extra corkscrew worm.

Amazon.com Review
This model of the Rabbit has a velvety, silver finish, as do the four tools accompanying it. The tools include a squeeze-and-twist foil cutter to strip away the foil covering a cork, a drip-stop ring that fits onto any size wine bottle to prevent stains on table linen, a sealer that twists so tightly into any size bottle's neck it preserves even Champagne bubbles, and a "wax whacker" that flips the wax tablet off a wine cork. Also included is a replacement worm--the installed worm wears out after 20,000 or so corks. The Rabbit and tools all fit snugly into a padded storage case with a hinged lid. The cork puller carries a 10-year warranty against failure.
Available at Amazon.com

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September 15, 2006

Riedel Sommeliers 30th Anniversary Wine Tasting Glasses

sommeliers-wine-glasses.jpgWow. This week's Swanky Wine Friday is centered on wine glasses. Not just any wine glasses, either - they're Sommelier glasses from Riedel. What does that mean?

It means they cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 for a set of three glasses. Does it make the wine taste that much better? We're not sure, but definitely check out the full review on Amazon - we don't have enough space for it but there's a TON of information on the benefits of the glasses and how to choose wisely. Read on for some more details on each glass.

ArrowContinue reading: "Riedel Sommeliers 30th Anniversary Wine Tasting Glasses"

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September 9, 2006

Thermo-Electric Wine Refrigerator

Thermo Electric Wine FridgeLast week on Swanky Wine Friday we covered a built-in wine cellar for your house. This week on Swanky Wine Saturday (yeah, we're a day late...wanna make something out of it?) we realize not everyone can swing the full cellar, but you still want to keep your wine in conditions as optimal as possible. Enter the Thermo-Electric Wine Refrigerator we found at Amazon.

This fridge will hold 20 bottles of your best wine, keep them between 55 and 60 degrees, and still leave you with enough money to actually buy wine. Brilliant!

Product Description
This wine cooler is perfect for all wine lovers! This 20 bottle wine refrigerator has the ideal environment for storing red, white, rosé, or sparkling wines, or for ready-to-serve occasions! Thermo-electric motor features no moving parts, making it completely silent and without vibration. Zero-clearance built-in capabilities. Full-view, double-paned tempered safety glass door. Includes thermometer. Five anti-tip pull out racks. Adjustable temperature range from 55°F to 66°F. Please allow unit to stand in upright position for 24 hours before plugging in.
from Amazon

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September 5, 2006

Make Homemade Wine with WinePod

Winepod Micro WinerySick and tired of having to truck all the way to a store to get your wine? Have an overabundance of grapes lying around the house? Got a couple grand to spend? Then it sounds like you're the target market for Winepod, a home winery system.

See below for more details; we couldn't have said it better ourselves.

The WinePod is a new domestic device for artisan winemaking – a micro winery just being readied for launch and seeking international distributors and we see this as a winner because it is just sooooo sophisticated. The insulated, self-cleaning, fully computerised, three foot tall, metallic urn-shaped appliance includes everything required to make 75 litres of the wine of your choice and is above all, easy to use. It wirelessly connects to your PC/Mac, which monitors Brix, pH and temperature to keep things happening exactly as they should and the WineCoach software mentors you through the wine-making process to obtain the best results for the particular variety of grapes you choose.
From Gizmag; more details at MyWinePod.com

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August 29, 2006

Name That Wine Party Game

Name That WineSometimes you need an excuse to get some friends together and slosh some vino around. The Name That Wine party game at Amazon offers you that chance, with bags to hide the bottles so people can do blind taste tests, pre-made comment tablets and even eight wine tasting invitations.

Sounds like a fun evening, and don't forget to send us your tasting notes so we can put them up on the site!

Product Description
This Name That Wine - Wine Party Tasting Kit has everything you need to host a wine tasting party in your home. This Wine Party Tasting Kit makes a perfect hostess, wedding shower, birthday or holiday gift. It's fun, it's easy and offers an enjoyable party experience for the wine novice or the wine connoisseur! Plus it's reuseable so you can use it over and over again! Wine bottles and wine glasses sold separately. Set includes: How to host a wine tasting party brochure, 24 round wine glass markers, 3 numbered cloth wine bags, 8 pencils, 1 wine comment tablet, 1 wine trivia question tablet, 8 wine tasting party invitations, Just add your own wine glasses, 3 bottles of wine and up to 8 friends!
from Amazon

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August 9, 2006

Cooper Rapid Wine Chiller

Cooper Wine Chiller - WhiteIt's common knowledge that white wine should be served chilled, but did you know the "room temperature" that is best for red wines might be lower than the temp of your house? If you can't keep your wine in a cellar (we're in the process of digging a hobbit hole under our apartment), chill it quickly without having to wait for the fridge or risk it in the freezer with the Cooper Wine Chiller from Amazon. Oh, and it chills other beverages too, but who cares really?

Product Description
Experience the new generation of beverage and wine cooling. When you run out of refrigerator space or forget to put your wine in the refrigerator ahead of time, this handy device is ready to chill your drink in minutes. Our Rapid Beverage and Wine chiller chills cans in 1 minute and bottles in 3.5 minutes to standard refrigerator cold or if you prefer an ice-cold beverage (33F), this wonderful bit of engineering can do it in double the time. Thats only 2 minutes a can and 6 minutes a bottle for an ice-cold beverage!

The No Spin option allows for chilling delicate wines. This patented process is 90 times faster than a refrigerator yet is perfectly safe for carbonated drinks like beer soda ensuring that your carbonated beverage will not foam over upon opening. Great for parties or get-togethers, this wonderful Rapid Beverage and Wine Chiller guarantees that you will never have to worry about running out of cold drinks again. To use, merely add ice cubes and water, plug in, and choose your setting on the electronic touch-padstops automatically when done. No dangerous chemicals, no harm done, just perfectly chilled beverages in minutes!

from Amazon

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August 8, 2006

Deluxe Leather 2 Bottle Wine Carrier

Leather Wine ToteThere are some days when it's fine to be swinging your bottles around in a nylon wine tote, but sometimes you need to class things up a bit. Enter the leather wine carrier from Wine Enthusiast, available at Amazon - it holds two bottles and your opening gear, and it makes you look a little less K-Mart and a little more J. Peterman.

Product Description

When an invitation restaurant or learned palate requires you to 'bring your own' you can do so at last with classic style and good taste. Our two-bottle wine tote is crafted of beautifully thick and supple nubuck with a warm brown finish that is smooth natural and surprisingly rugged. Features a zippered compartment to keep your corkscrew and antique-finished brass hardware for a handsome conclusion to this superior piece. Also holds champagne.

from Amazon

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