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Archive for September, 2008

5 Golden Rules of Bringing Your Own (Wine)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 12:38:42 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Leather CarrierIf you have a special bottle of wine at home, you may be surprised how many restaurants have policies that allow you to bring it with you when you visit. Restaurants often markup wines at over 200% of their retail cost, so it’s tempting to select a bottle from your cellar and bring your own, rather than pay the markup. There is no need to fret or be ashamed, as long as you follow the golden rules:

5) Call the restaurant first, and ask what their “corkage policy” is. Policies change frequently so it’s always safe to ask.

4) Ask how much the corkage fee is in advance, so you are prepared. Restaurants may charge anywhere from $15-$50 per bottle, depending on the price of the wines on their list. It is rare for a restaurant to allow you to bring wine without charging a corkage fee, though some do.

Be sure that the wine you’re bringing isn’t on their list. It’s considered in poor taste to bring a wine that the restaurant offers.

2) Carry your wine in a fashionable wine bag.  We offer everything from handy Neoprene wine bags to leather shoulder carriers, so that you can “bring your own” in style. Neoprene Wine BagWe even offer wine bags that hold stemware for you, if you are concerned about the restaurants’ selection.

1) When you are seated at the table, let the waiter know that you’ve brought your own wine and that you understand the policy of paying corkage for it. He’ll bring glassware and uncork the bottle for you, this is the service behind the corkage fee.

I hope that with these 5 golden rules, you’ll be comfortable bringing your own wine the next time you eat out! It’s a great way to save money, and take advantage of your collection. Do you ever bring your own wine? Leave a comment, and let us know!

Wine Service Temperatures: How to Ensure Your Wine Is at Its Best

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 11:26:19 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Though wine storage temperatures (53-57°F) are important, it’s just as important to take note of the temperature at which you enjoy your wine, its service temperature. Too often people drink white wines too cold and red wines too warm, limiting the wine’s capacity for enjoyment. A white that is too cold will be flavorless and a red that’s too warm is often quite flabby and alcoholic. You may be aware that reds are sipped at a warmer temperature than whites, but do you know exactly what temperature that is?

Products Designed by Wine Enthusiast for Wine Lovers

Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 5:04:18 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Here at Wine Enthusiast, we not only sell top-of-the-line wine accessories sourced from all over the world, we also create our own. We have a line of Wine Enthusiast branded products, developed and designed by us, with over 30 years of wine expertise behind them. These products are not only innovative and elegant, they offer unparalled value.