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Archive for March, 2008

A Little Clarity on Wine Glasses

Monday, March 31st, 2008 at 12:13:19 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Each wine has something unique to offer your senses. Most wine glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate those defining characteristics, directing wine to key areas of the tongue and nose where they can be fully enjoyed. While wine can be savored in any glass, a glass designed for a specific wine type helps you to better experience its nuances.

What a Difference a Decanter Makes

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 5:49:31 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Vivid DecanterPresenting wine in a stunning decanter offers aesthetic pleasure, but beyond the beauty, there is a greater reward. Better tasting wine. Letting your wine “breathe” softens harsh tannins and releases its full bouquet. Contrary to what you’ve seen, simply uncorking a bottle is not enough—the bottle opening is too small to let in a sufficient amount of air. Wine needs room to “stretch its legs.” Most wines ultimately benefit from the aromatic unfurling a good decanter provides.

What Exactly Are Those Decanter Stoppers For?

Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 12:22:57 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Mille Fiori Decanter StopperEver attend a party and admire a decanter of wine topped with an elegant decanter stopper? As much as it is a luxurious display, it is also careful planning by your host to serve you perfectly aerated wine. Decanting and aerating wine is not an exact exercise in timing. Every wine is different. A mature wine may need only 15 to 30 minutes to breathe in a decanter, while a young, tannic wine may require a few hours. Once wine reaches its full taste potential, a decanter stopper can help prevent it from aerating too much, thus becoming spoiled.

10 Ways to Make the Most of a Wine/Food Tasting Event

Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 11:56:26 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

A tasting event is a true culinary adventure, with rows of tables filled with unique bites and prestigious bottles of wine for sampling. With all of the options on the table, you want to get the most for your money and time. After hosting (and attending) these events for years now, we have some secret tricks of the trade to offer, which will help you maximize your evening.

Hmm, Refrigerator or Cellar?

Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 3:02:31 PM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Each year more and more people are enjoying and collecting wine. It’s no wonder, there’s so much delicious wine available and so much to learn from tasting. It’s easy for any collector to end up with more bottles than expected. Like many ambitious wine lovers, have you found yourself thinking, “How am I going to store all this wine?”

Can I Vent for a Moment?

Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 10:56:19 AM
by Carol K., Wine Enthusiast Companies

So you decided you want a wine refrigerator built into your kitchen, or a refrigerated wine cellar to stand in your den. That’s great! You’ve narrowed down your choices already, because the location you choose will determine the type of unit you buy: one with a front vent, rear vent, or top vent. Allow me to “vent” about this a little further.