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Our Favorite ‘Winey’ Wedding Gifts

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 4:30:46 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

The weather is warming up and Summer months are beckoning us. For many the months of June, July and August mean something aside from beach vacation time: wedding season. While many couples have every bowl, blender and pickle plate pre-selected in a registry,  some may allow you to get creative with gifting. And there’s plenty of room for creative gifts amongst the engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette weekends that often come with the territory.

Toast for Two Wine and Picnic TableA friend of mine was recently looking for something more thoughtful for a bridal shower. She perused our site and found the Toast-for-Two Wine Table; a handy bamboo picnic table with slots for two glasses. What a perfect gift for a couple! Her friend will have a jealousy-inducing picnic accessory for her Summer plans. To top it off, I recommended a set of PolyCarb glasses which are so gorgeous, she’ll  fool anyone into thinking they’re real glasses.

We have a lot more beyond the Toast for Two. Here are our favorite ‘Winey Wedding Gifts’ that are sure to impress and delight any betrothed wine lover:

The Break-Free Polycarb glasses I mentioned come in various shapes and sizes and can even be personalized. Worry-free entertaining outdoors no longer means skimping on elegance. The engaged couple will appreciate you thinking outside-the-box!

Bordeaux Lazy Susan

One of our most popular new products is the Bordeaux Indoor and Outdoor Lazy Susan
A fleur-de-lys design is featured in the center with famous grape varietals lining the outside. It will look gorgeous in the new couple’s kitchen or outdoor patio!

Light reds are the perfect thirst-quenching wines for Summer so we are excited about the beautiful Beaujolais Carafe. It has a special ice pocket that keeps reds at the perfect level of cool, without watering them down. At $39.95 it makes an economical and elegant wedding gift.

If your friend is into gadgets, the Vinpodium Rapid Wine Chiller fits the bill. It has sophisticated technology that allows a proud owner to chill red or white wine in a matter of minutes while wowing guests.

Juicy birds will be a Summer essential with our Wine Chicken Griller, whether the bride and groom are great chefs or not. They simply fill the seasoning well with wine, beer or any other beverage of choice and let the liquid infuse as the chicken cooks on the grill.Wine Chicken Griller

The Screwpull Lm-400 Lever Corkscrew is a classic and supremely popular gift, plus the perfect complement to a new kitchen. It can even be personalized.

If a traditional gift is on the list, go for the strong and elegant Fusion Infinity Champagne Flutes. The new couple will be proud to toast their exciting future!SangriaPitcher

The newlyweds’ favorite refreshing beverage will be artfully displayed in this Hand-Made Sangria Pitcher, crafted in the artisan village of El Puente del Arzobispo. Its pinched spout will hold in fruit and ice perfectly during Summer parties.


Our gorgeous Hummingbird Feeder is an absolutely one-of-a-kind gift for the wine and nature lover. It’s crafted from recycled wine bottles with a hummingbird scene etched into it. It also comes complete with instructions for making nectar to attract birds.

For the couple at the beginning stage of wine collecting, our 12 Bottle Silent Wine Refrigerator will send them on their way. Ship it directly to their door and they’ll have a creative gift to congratulate them!

For more great gift ideas for any occasion, visit our gift center.

‘Like’ Wine Enthusiast on Facebook and Win BIG

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 3:38:22 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Exciting conversations are happening every day on our Wine Enthusiast Facebook page and the buzz just got even better, with the launch of our sweepstakes!

Fusion InfinityNow not only can you discuss your favorite wines, discover wine pairings, watch wine tasting videos and find wine events, you can also WIN BIG.

1 out of every 20 people who ‘Like’ our page on Facebook will win a 6-month digital subscription to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a set of Fusion Infinity Stemware or a 12-bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator.

You have until June 11th to enter. ‘Like’ us soon, for your chance to win!

Wine Wisdoms #53: Using a Vintage Chart

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 12:53:19 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


Our panel of editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine don’t just rate wines, they rate entire vintages as well.

Vintages are rated by the weather a region experienced during that harvest year. For example, if Napa Valley had a terrible frost in 1989 that harmed the vines, it could negatively impact the wine in that year and therefore, the vintage rating. Wine can vary greatly between vintages so a vintage chart is a handy tool for predicting a wine’s quality and value.

To use the vintage chart:

1) Locate the name of the country your wine is from in the left column.

2) Once you’ve found its country of origin on the chart, scroll down to the region it’s from which is usually identified by the appellation on the bottle.

3) Find the wine’s vintage across the top of the chart and the corresponding square of Region/Vintage. You will see a rating in that box. The box will also be color-coded to correspond to its maturity in the year the vintage chart was produced.

Here is a key to the ratings:
98-100 Superlative
94-97 Classic
90-93 Excellent
87-89  Very Good
83-86 Good
80-82 Acceptable

The “Maturity” legend explains the colors.

You can access our 2010 vintage chart (which actually assesses 2009) here. Our iPhone application includes a handy vintage chart as well so you can lookup vintages on the go.  Find it here. Cheers!