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Meet Our Wine Storage Consultants: Adam Dunefsky

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 4:08:32 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

This week in the series, we introduce our Wine Storage Consultant, Adam Dunefesky. Adam grew up in the Bronx just a stones throw from Arthur Ave, the Mecca for Italian Fare. His absolute favorite in the area however, is Roberto’s, for their sublime tubettini with grilled octopus. So it was an honor when Roberto’s decided to build a wine cellar and turned to Adam for his expertise. Adam not only helped design the wine cellar but helped pick out wine glasses, decanters and other accessories giving them the full Wine Enthusiast experience. Adam has been with the Wine Enthusiast for over 14 years and is one of the top wine cellar designers in the country. You can see one of his most recent cellars at Valbella in NYC.

What was your “Epiphany” wine?
I really got into wine after tasting the 1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia. This wine had complex aromas of fruit, chocolate and oak to go with an abundance of flavors. This wine really lived up to its reputation and left me wanting more.

What is the most memorable Wine Cellar you have built?
It’s a tough choice between designing Regis & Joy Philbin’s wine cellar and helping Eli Manning purchase a Eurocave. I was able to visit the Philbin’s home and meet them but I am also a huge Giants fan so meeting Eli was a big win too. Go Giants!

What is your favorite Wine Storage Product and why?
I love the Eurocave Wine Cellar as they are truly the best storage cellars for your wines. I will say that the N’Finity is a really good value wine cellar especially if you need something built-in. I also like that they have the stainless steel option which is great for kitchens.

How do you store your wine?
I store my wines in a Eurocave and will be needing another one soon as my collection is growing.

If you had to give 1 wine storage tip, what would it be?
My wine storage tip would be to buy something you can grow into. Too many people, myself included, buy a wine cellar that they fill to quickly and need another one! Give yourself room for growth.

What have you drank lately that wowed you?
Miner 2007 Oracle, Napa valley Red

Meet Our Wine Storage Consultants: Michael Dreyfus

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 12:33:10 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Continuing the “Meet Our Wine Storage Consultants” series, I would like to introduce Michael Dreyfus. Michael has been with Wine Enthusiast “as long as you would let a Grand Cru Bordeaux age”. He grew up and worked in the restaurant business and loves to wine and dine still. But he finds with the combined talents in the kitchen between he and his wife, plus their wine collection,  the best spot to eat is their home!

What was your “Epiphany” wine?
Some way too young bottle of Lynch Bages during the 1976 super bowl. My dad let me have a full glass with a steak during half time with my older brother. I was sixteen and remember how bitter it tasted, but now it’s a bittersweet memory!
What is the most memorable Wine Cellar you have built?
I have done a lot of sport, screen and musicians cellars. Fun when you see or hear them and say to yourself- I designed their cellar!
What is your favorite Wine Storage Product and why?
N’FINITY 50 . Great counter height with ample capacity. Reliable and practical. It’s size make it a cool place to show off my decanters on top and serve from as well.

How do you store your wine?
Upstairs in my den the N’FINITY 50 and some extra stash in a root cellar with redwood wine racks in the basement.

If you had to give 1 wine storage tip, what would it be?
All wine is best stored and aged between 50-60 degrees. Red,white or bubbly. Store in this range – take out about 30 minutes to bring to a service temp. Also wine is subjective –if you think it’s good – it is.

What have you drank lately that wowed you?
A Shiner holiday brew from Spoetz Brewery-Texas – Even a “Wine Enthusiast” appreciates a good brew now and then!

Meet Our Wine Storage Consultants: Alan Genee

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 11:11:06 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

This week meet Alan Genee our Director of Sales and Customer Services who has been at Wine Enthusiast for 12 years.  Alan’s passion for building and carpentry along with his psychology background  made him a natural fit for sales and our wine cellar design department. Whether it be a single corkscrew or a 10,000 bottle custom cellar, Alan’s main focus is to enhance the customer experience.

What was your “Epiphany” wine?
It was a 5 Puttynos Tokaji from the Royal Tokaji Wine Company. I have always had a bit of a sweet tooth and this wine sent me over the top! Dessert wines are still my favorite to this day.

What is the most memorable Wine Cellar you have built?
The custom wine cellar in our Wine Enthusiast showroom. It is something I had envisioned doing for many years, even when we were in our original location. Once we moved to our new headquarters, I was able to take the space from a simple floor plan to the lavish cellar that you see today. It’s wonderful to have our customers come through the door and marvel at this cellar while envisioning something similar in their own home.

What is your favorite Wine Storage Product and why?
I love the simplicity and efficiency of the Silent Wine Refrigerators. They are a perfect gateway for the novice collector into the world of wine storage. Also being close to NYC we have many customers who live in apartments that don’t have the room for the bigger units and are looking for the quietest solution possible.

How do you store your wine?
I have a modest collection that I store in our N’Finity Wine Racks with an N’Finity Cooling Unit. What I love about this system is that as my collection grows I can simply add on racks to my current cellar. It’s also fairly easy for me to assemble/install and I do enjoy the process.

If you had to give 1 wine storage tip, what would it be?
Whether it’s a basic wine refrigerator or a custom built wine cellar with all the trimmings, having a temperature-controlled environment for your collection is an invaluable investment. We have many customers who have lost wines over the years because they thought their basement or pantry closet would suffice. The truth is there are few places in the world that can maintain a steady 55 degree temperature year round without the use of some form of temperature control.

What have you drank lately that wowed you?
I have always been a Dolce fan, so one of my colleagues (Marshall) introduced me to Moshin Vineyard’s Moshin Poshin. It is another Sauternes-style dessert wine from California and it is simply delicious. It’s my new go-to after dinner treat.

Top 10 Necessary Accessories For the Big Game

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 5:13:09 PM
by Marshall T., Wine Enthusiast Companies

This Sunday is notorious for being the biggest party day and hedonistic gorgefest of the year. With the big game imminent it’s time to start thinking  about what you’ll need on hand for all the football fans that are about to invade your home. We have compiled a list of the essentials necessary to make your party the best on the block! The only downside may be that after its great success, you may unwillingly be labeled as the pinnacle of all football party hosts. So if you are able to handle that responsibility, we present you with the Top 10 Necessary Accessories for your SB Party!

10. Microbrew Peanut Brittle – This salty sweet treat is perfect for beer , wine and football fans alike. It was crafted in the heart of California wine country and made with a hint of hops. Beer and peanut butter all in one delicious mouthful… who wouldn’t love that?!

9. Wine Cork Cheese Spreaders – Whether cheddar, blue or mozzarella are on the menu, these spreaders are perfect for your game day appetizer cheese platter.

8. Wine Chicken Cooker – It’s as easy to use as it is attractive and will cook one of the best birds you have ever tasted!

7. Vintage Oak Party Chiller – The best way we know to keep all your white wine, champagne, beer, soda and water cold and ready to serve a big party.

6. Wine Glass Writer Metallic Pen – The ideal tool to make sure no one snags your glass of vino!

5. Silent 28 Bottle Touchscreen Wine Cellar – To ensure all your wines are being properly stored prior to the game, as none of your guests are going to want to drink warm wine.

4. Spiegelau Classic Beer Glasses – Choose from the Pilsner, Lager or Wheat style depending on what kind of brew you are serving for the game.

3. Giant Red Wine Stem Cooler – Because it’s… GIANT!!!

2. Stainless Steel Champagne Bucket – The perfect vessel to chill down the bubbly for the post game victory celebration!

And the #1 absolute necessity for your Football Fiesta……

1. Wine B’gone – Quickly fix any couch or carpet casualties with our handy wine stain remover. It’s a long game and let’s be honest…your guests are going to spill some wine!

Of course we can’t forget that even with the necessary accessories, you still need something to drink. So as a special bonus  from our wine shop partner:

The Top 5 Gridiron Selections

5. Enamore 2009 Mendoza, Allegrini & Renacer – Both Amarone and Malbec fans will go nuts for this joint effort. A big wine on all fronts!

4. Archstone 2008 Chardonnay, Napa Valley – For under $15 it’s tough to find a better Napa Chard that will pair up with all those spicy and greasy finger foods.

3. Seghesio 2010 Zinfandel, Sonoma County – A consistent 90 Pt + Zin, this is a perfect match for those hot Buffalo wings or BBQ spare ribs.

2. Moonlighters 2007 Red Blend, South Australia, Red Heads Studio -  This innovative Cabernet blend is a tremendous value and will pair with everything from cocktail weenies to  Filet Mignon.

And the #1 Wine for this year’s Gridiron Gathering is…

1. Silver Oak 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – Because YOU will be the MVP at the end of the game for serving this iconic Napa Cab.

Tell us what you plan to serve on Sunday! And what are your necessary accessories for the big game?