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Archive for April, 2009

Sneak a Taste of Chicago Toast of the Town

Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 4:25:18 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

We are only a few days away from our exciting Toast of the Town Chicago, this Thursday at the Field Museum. To whet your palates, we’ve asked some of the chefs from participating restaurants to send us recipes and photos of some of the featured dishes they will be serving. Today we have seared scallops with artichokes in 3 styles from Lockwood Restaurant and roasted vegetable, hearts of palm and carrot mousse terrine with caramelized popcorn coulis from Carlos’. Give these recipes a try at home, then taste the real thing this Thursday! Tickets are still available, $75 for a limited time.

Caring for your EuroCave: 3 Simple Steps Towards Long-Lasting Wine Protection

Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 4:25:15 PM
by David M., Wine Enthusiast Companies

EuroCave If you are the proud owner of a EuroCave wine cellar, you already know how crucial it is to protect your wine from its enemies. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can have damaging effects on your wine collection and a EuroCave is a champion of defense against these issues. To be sure that your EuroCave unit continues to function well for years to come, follow a few simple steps:

1. Change the charcoal filters annually. This filter is located on the back wall in the interior upper left of the cabinet and regulates any dust or odor from entering the cabinet.  To replace this carbon filter, simply pop it out w/ your fingers or a butter knife and insert the new filter.  If not done routinely, frost or ice build up may occur on the back walls, along with a greater fluctuation in temperature. It is crucial to replace the filters as we don’t want to interrupt the natural occurrence inside of your Eurocave.  Eurocave charcoal filters can be purchased from Wine Enthusiast.  They are individually wrapped and have an unlimited shelf life if unopened.  I recommend purchasing a 4-pack, which essentially gives you one filter for free.

2. Dust the condenser every 6 months. The condenser is the “wire racks” located on the back of the unit.

3. If needed, you also can carry out a complete cleaning of your Eurocave Cabinet.
  If you’ve neglected to do the above steps you may need to conduct a full cleaning. Simply unload your Eurocave and use water and a gentle cleaning agent.

Any questions? Call us at 800.377.3330

Cheers to San Francisco Toast of the Town 2009

Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 3:25:11 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

San Francisco Toast of the Town

Anticipation builds for our upcoming Toast of the Towns in Atlanta, Chicago and New York following a tremendous San Francisco event on March 26th. The War Memorial Opera House was filled with happy tasters who strolled its beautiful floors, eating flavor-packed bites and drinking wines from all over the world.

Wine Wisdoms #29: Get Horizontal

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 12:42:09 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Modular Wine Rack

One of the most important things when selecting the proper storage for your wine collection is the position of the bottles. We recommend that you store all of your wine bottles horizontally. Why?

With horizontal storage, the cork stays moist by its contact with the wine and any sediment that develops will sit at the bottom. If your wine bottles are stored vertically, the corks are at risk for shrinking and drying out, which means they will crumble when you decide to open the wine. It’s best to store the wine horizontally and parallel to the ground, on an even plane. If the bottle is angled downward the sediment falls toward the neck and if angled upward, you will have the same cork drying issue as if the bottle were vertical! Plus, horizontal storage is the best way to keep your bottles organized!

Thanks to Robert Dwyer at Wellesley Wine Press, for asking this great question!

PolyCarbonate Glasses: A Warm-Weather ‘Must’

Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 3:16:41 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

PolyCarbonate Glasses

As the weather heats up, outdoor entertaining and BBQ’s are on the mind. For a successful party, it is crucial to be armed with casual, elegant glassware that will impress your guests and avoid headaches for you! Shattered glassware on an outdoor patio is never fun to clean up. For this reason, we are excited to offer our new, Unbreakable PolyCarbonate Stemware. These glasses are crafted from a sturdy polycarbonate material which is unbreakable yet thin enough to be elegant. We offer them in varietal-enhancing shapes like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet , Champagne and more. These are the stems you cannot live without this season! We put the polycarbonate stems to the test in our video demo, check it out here:

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