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Archive for May, 2008

Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town New York: The Final Stop

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at 1:50:21 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Last Monday, May 19th, marked the final stop on our 4-city Toast of the Town 2008 tour. We began in San Francisco, then hit Atlanta, Chicago and ended at New York’s Lincoln Center. Everyone enjoyed truly memorable food and wine in the company of many spirited people. Not only were there hundreds of bottles being poured and unique tastes served like crispy sweet breads and lasagna with truffle oil, there were also some brand new potions like champagne beer and ginger liqueur, that Toast of the Town attendants were privy to.

From the Cellar to the Table: Tricks for Bringing Wine to Perfect Service Temperature

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 at 11:05:03 AM
by Mike D., Wine Enthusiast Companies

It’s 10:30 AM on a Tuesday and I have just finished my 4th consultation and explanation of the differences between storage and service temperature for wine. To be clear, the majority of wine collectors are looking for a wine cellar environment to store their wines to age gracefully and protect from volatile situations.

So along comes the question I often hear: “Do I need a two- temperature unit to store my reds and whites?” If your intentions are to store your wines for aging and protection, you need only a one- temperature unit. Ideally, all wines (reds, whites, champagne and ports) best store at temperatures between 50-60 degrees.

Top-Rated Wine Gifts for Dad

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 4:42:05 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

This Father’s Day, give Dad something more creative than a necktie. How about something he’ll really use, like a great accessory to enhance his wine enjoyment! We’ve selected our top-rated Father’s Day picks for the Dad who is a true oenophile. These are the gifts that our customers love the most, voted by you! They’re sure to make him feel special.

Where’s John and Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 3:38:29 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RVLast week, we told you a little bit about our traveling wine storage consultant, John Seitz. John goes across the country in our Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV, making personal visits to people’s homes, and giving private wine storage consultations. If you’re considering building a custom wine cellar in your home, you may be wondering where John is. Calling all Californians, John is in your neighborhood!

He is currently traveling from Virginia Beach to…
June 1st- Los Angeles, California
June 8th-Riverside, California
June 15th- San Francisco, California

Give us a call at 1-800-377-3330 to make an appointment for John to visit you!

Tartrates in your Wine Glass: Do They Matter?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 10:24:44 AM
by Josh F., Wine Enthusiast Companies

tartrates_sm.gifHave you ever taken a nice, white wine out of your cellar and as you reached the bottom of the bottle, noticed there were crystals floating in it? These are tartrate crystals. They are formed when the tartaric acid in your wine combines with the potassium (also found naturally in wine, another one of wine’s many health benefits) under very cold temperature conditions forming the salt, potassium bitartrate. If you’ve ever used cream of tartar in cooking or baking, it is the same substance pulverized into a powder. In fact, these crystals scrapped off of wine barrels are the source for the cream of tartar you buy in the supermarket. Tartrates can be found in red wines as well, but they are more often found mingling with the sediment, and are normally decanted out.

Honk If You See Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Cellar RV

Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 10:50:01 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

John and Buster

One of the most exciting things about having Wine Enthusiast design and build a custom wine cellar in your home, is a personal visit from John Seitz. John is not only one of our Master Wine Cellar Builders, but he travels across the country in the famous Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar RV. Just to give you an idea of John’s travel schedule, between April 21st to May 26th, he’ll have traveled from Illinois to New York, down to Virginia, and back across the country to California, all in the name of wine cellar installation.

Check this page often to see when John’s going to be in your area. While on the road, between wine cellar jobs, John will come directly to your home, by request, to make a professional wine storage house call. He’ll take measurements and evaluate your space to determine the best wine cellar design for you. After 10 years and hundreds of wine cellars, John has literally defined full-service wine cellar consultation and design in America.

Wine Storage: True or False?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 12:31:32 PM
by Ken B., Wine Enthusiast Companies


As a Wine Cellar Specialist for the past 15 years, I’ve made many observations. In some ways wine storage has changed, and in others, it remains the same. See if you can pick out which of these wine storage statements is true and which is false. Some may be expected and others will be a big surprise!

Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town Atlanta: A Swimming Success

Monday, May 5th, 2008 at 4:40:56 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

This year we sailed into uncharted territory, hosting our first Toast of the Town at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. The cavernous room at the aquarium was simply breathtaking, with a multicolored roof and a beluga whale tank. There was so much amazing food, I filled up before making it halfway around the room. I did try to follow the “10 Ways to Make the Most of a Wine/Food Tasting Event”, pacing myself as I tasted plates, paired with standouts like a Sonoma-Cutrer Single Vineyard Chardonnay, German Rieslings and Brunellos beyond belief.