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Winston, the endearingly drawn gent you see raising his glass, has been the Wine Enthusiast logo for nearly 30 years—and the symbol of unsurpassed expertise in wine accessories and storage.

Winston's Wisdoms Blog is the place where our experts share their knowledge and answer some of the most commonly asked wine-related questions. It's the place where you can ask questions and share insights from your own wine experience. We welcome your feedback and invite you to offer your wisdoms to wine lovers everywhere!

Wine Wisdoms #48: Cult Wines

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 6:09:50 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Screaming Eagle Cult Cab

Cult wines are a particular set of wines which command fanatical followings due to their low supply and high quality. A cult wine can be from any region but the phrase is most often used to refer to cult Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. A cult wine usually commands high prices of over $100 per bottle or thousands at a wine auction. “Rockstar” winemakers are at the helm of the limited production, and to own one of these wines is usually a sign of status, connection, pride and wealth. Some of the longstanding top names are:  Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Caymus, and Dominus

As featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, for more wine information visit

We Have a Winner! For the 2009 Blitzen Caption Contest

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 5:55:59 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


After reading thousands of creative entries, we have finally selected our grand prize and 1st place winners for the Blitzen caption contest. We knew what Blitzen had to say, but what’s on Vixen’s mind? The answers were more hilarious than we could have imagined! Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner Sandy M, who will receive a FREE 18-bottle Touchscreen wine refrigerator. Plus, our first prize winners Stephen, Sandy B., Charlie, Madonna and Rob will receive $50 gift certificates to Wine Enthusiast. Check out their winning captions, here!

Then, celebrate our winners during our Blitzen Blowout! Find up to 60% off all Blitzen accessories.

Wine Wisdoms #47: Biodynamic Wines, What’s the Story?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 5:22:06 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Biodynamic Farming

In the past decade we’ve seen an increasing number of biodynamic wines in the marketplace. A biodynamic wine is entirely different than an organic wine. Wine that is made in a biodynamic fashion incorporates various methods of vineyard preparation that specifically correlate to the phases of the moon and seasons of the year.

The methods can include anything from grounding quartz and flowers into animal skulls and horns to adding tea to the compost.

As strange as the practices may sound, many wineries swear by biodynamic agriculture. Many argue that biodynamic wines are more terroir-driven and of higher quality.  There are now hundreds of biodynamic wine producers all over the world, and the list is growing.

The Demeter Association provides biodynamic certification to wineries that fit its criteria.

For more information, visit A Green Glossary at

Blitzen is Back! With His New “Deary”

Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 2:12:13 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


Always a favorite, our Blitzen Caption Contest is back and the entries are rolling in faster than ever! This year Blitzen is accompanied by his sweetheart, Vixen, who is busy putting on her lipstick as Blitzen snoozes. It seems that Blitzen had a fun Christmas with his favorite beverage: wine of course! We know what Blitzen is thinking, as provided by our 2008 Blitzen caption contest winner: “I’ve fallen and I Chianti get up!” But what’s on Vixen’s mind?

Tell us what Vixen is thinking for a chance to win an 18-Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator, our Gift of the Year! 5 Runner Up’s will win $50 gift certificates. The contest expires on 12/25. That means there are two weeks left to wow our panel of judges with your witty entry!

Here is just a handful of the exciting captions we’ve received:

Pinot attention to him Santa, I’ve been good!

No rhyme or Riesling to it, red lipstick is always a must.
Wine Drinkers Make Grape Lovers
If you can’t handle the Cab, you pick up the tab.

The heart has its Reislings…

Wine on the lips, never goes to the hips!

Lips that touch WINE…will always touch mine!

Fruity and full bodied, sure and so is the wine!

I shiraz am havin’ a good holiday!

Chianti he see how beautiful I am?

Colorful lips for Merlot sips

I’m not that type of Gallo!

I’m hot enough to join the Cabernet!

Please remember to enter on the contest page, and not in the comments here, to be sure that your submission is received. Twitter members, follow BlitzenWine on Twitter, he’s posting the latest clever captions!

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar Design: An Overflowing Collection Finds a Home

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 12:52:43 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

The latest in our Wine Cellar Design stories takes us to Yorktown Heights, New York. This customer has an extensive collection that he was storing in 5 Eurocaves! He needed a larger space to accommodate an ever-growing collection.   He contacted David Moseler on our team, who was able to create a fantastic design, from this empty space.

Wine Enthusiast Wine Cellar Design: Before

Cellar Before

Here is David’s story:

As we were determining an ideal space to create a cellar, we decided on a multi-level  storage area that was detached from the home. We needed to bring a contractor in to build out the space to ensure that proper temperature and humidity could be maintained. In terms of racking, we created customized wood cases to hold loose 6 packs or full cases. We created a waterfall with led lights on both sides to maximize bottle capacity in the center of  the room. We added a custom cooling system with a separate heater along with humidification to ensure that the room would not vary in temperature from season to season.

Cellar After

Our customer, Glen, was ecstatic with the results, and had this to say:

I wanted to again thank you for everything that you did in designing and delivering my custom cellar.

After working with you for 5 years now, your customer service had more than earned my loyalty, and the Wine Enthusiast became the only place that I buy all of my wine accessories and my Eurocave units.

Looking at the displays in your showroom and the samples that David showed me, I became very excited about the possibility of my own cellar. The Wine Enthusiast more than exceeded my expectations and I’m over the moon with the result.

From Alan’s recommendation of the contractor, to David’s fantastic designs, to the quality of the wood from your mill to the installation by Larry, everything was excellent. In particular the extra details that David designed and brought everything together are really amazing.

Please let me know if I can help in any way acting as references for potential customers that are interested in their own cellar. I’m happy to do whatever I can to repay you for the outstanding job”

We love hearing feedback from these happy Wine Cellar Design customers!

If you are interested in building a cellar like this or of a different style, simply call us at 800.377.3330 and one of our wine storage consultants will be happy to help!

Wine Wisdoms #46: Fermentation, Take Two

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 3:18:22 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

In order to convert the grape’s natural sugars to alcohol, wine must go through fermentation.  But a winemaker may also decide to put the wine through a second fermantation, called malolactic fermentation (malo, for short). Malolactic is almost always used in red wines but is sometimes used on whites, most often on Chardonnay. Malolactic fermentation converts the malic acid (tart, like a green apple) to lactic acid (mild, creamy). This calms the acidity and can give the wine a buttery, rich mouthfeel.

N’Finity Wine Cellars: Benefits for the Service Industry

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 11:31:59 AM
by Dino S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

After listening to the needs of some of our trade customers, we are excited to announce the launch of a dream wine service unit: N’Finity Wine Cellars.

What are the special benefits of an N’Finity unit?N' Finity Shelf from Wine Enthusiast

As a restaurateur, wine retailer or wine maker you will be able to provide proper and convenient wine service for your customers with a unit designed to fit your needs.

•    The N’finity cellars allow easy access to wines by simply sliding out one of the many included rolling shelves to find a customer’s selection
•    The front vented technology enables you to place the unit in a corner of the restaurant, on your selling floor or in any storage room without occupying important floor space.
•    Smooth, elegant, blue interior lighting will add to the ambiance of your space, rather than taking away from it.
•    Reversible doors mean you’ll find an N’Finity unit that is perfect for your space
•    Two-zone digital temperature control gives you flexibility with storage and service temperatures for both reds and whites.

About 2 weeks ago, a client of mine in the NY metropolitan area was handling a major corporate event party. Unfortunately, they ran out of Chardonnay within the first hour of the event! Because of the dual temperature zones, the sommelier was able to re-stock the N’Finity’s top (cooler) compartment and chill the whites down to 44 degrees, making them ready-to-serve by the time the main course was out. A major fiasco avoided! The flexibility this unit has brought to that establishment has been huge.

Myself and the team are so happy to have this custom-built, dream wine service unit to offer, with many happy customers already putting them to great use. Any questions? Give us a call at 800.377.3330

Wine Cork Kits: An Old Favorite Expands

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 4:17:44 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

After offering wine accessories to customers for over 30 years here at Wine Enthusiast, we’ve seen many things come in and out of popularity. But one product whose excitement has never waned is our fun cork kit.

Wine Cork KitAmongst all the innovative new products that our team has developed, there is no replacement for the joy of collecting corks and compiling memories into something useful. For years we’ve offered the original Wine Cork Board Kit and received rave reviews. “Great for a Wall Decoration“, “a great gift for anyone“, and “a cute addition to a wine-themed kitchen” are just a few of the positive comments we’ve received.

Then we decided that corks made a great accent to tabletop service and we created the Wine Cork Trivet Kit.  People love protecting their kitchen table from hot pots while artfully displaying corks from their favorite wines. “Love it love it love it, such fun!” Said one customer, while another uses it “at dinner almost every night.” It seemed like people could not get enough of these cork kits!

Lazy Susan Cork KitTo satisfy all of the excitement, this year we welcome new cork kit creations in all shapes and sizes, like the  Wine Cork  Lazy Susan, Wine Barrel Hoop Cork Kit, Oval Wine Cork Trivet Kit, Round Wine Cork Board Kit , little Wine Cork Coasters and more!

No matter the type you select, we’ll supply the hardwood frame, some sandpaper for any rough edges, instructions and we even offer extra recycled corks if you need help filling the space.

If you already own a wine cork kit and need some design ideas, consult our Cork Patterns, which provides beautiful demonstrations to get you started.

What do you do with old corks? Have you tried our cork kits?

Wine Wisdoms #45: Vertical and Horizontal Tastings

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 4:37:11 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Vertical Wine Tasting

A wine tasting can be based on any theme, but two of the most common are “Vertical” and “Horizontal” tastings.

A Vertical is a tasting in which one wine, from one producer is tasted across a series of vintages. The point of a vertical is to observe how the wine has changed over time and also discover its best/worst vintages.

A Horizontal tasting is one in which a style of wine (varietal, region etc.) is tasted across many producers in one vintage to discover the differences in how each producer crafts the wine when the vintage is constant.

Whatever you choose, you can learn a lot by comparing wines side-by-side! Planning on hosting your own wine tasting at home? Our Wine Enthusiast Essential Wine Tasting Kit is a great start!

10 Top Picks for Your Hallo-Wine Party

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 1:04:20 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Halloween is creeping up soon and we want you to be armed with the proper tools for a Happy Hallo-Wine! Great costumes mixed with even better wine are the perfect recipe for a Halloween party. But you also need party accessories to complement the theme and add some scary fun!  If you’re planning a Halloween party this year, choose from our top party accessory picks below, or view the full collection here!
Halloween U Etched Tumbler from Wine Enthusiast

1) Halloween ‘U’ Etched Tumbler Collection (Set of 6, Save 8%!)
Bats, Spiders and a Witch serve your Halloween libations in style, while you save!

Bobbling Skulls Bottle Stopper from Wine Enthusiast

2) Bobbling Skull Bottle Stoppers (Set of 3)
You won’t be scared to open wine aplenty with these three  creepy skulls that keep your bottles fresh. A customer favorite!

Ghost Lazy Susan from Wine Enthusiast

3) Ghosts for Goodies Lazy Susan (5 piece set)
Let these spooky ghosts serve your snacks on a handy lazy susan.

Partying is in My Blood Halloween Applique Flag from Wine Enthusiast

4) ‘Partying is in my Blood’ Applique Flag
Attract additional revelers with this spirited flag on your porch or hang inside the house to get guests in the mood to party!

Skull and Crossbones Halloween Candle from Wine Enthusiast

5) Skull and Crossbones Candle Holders and Candles (4 piece set)
Cast a chilling glow with these elegant skull candle holders and candles. New!

Wine O Clock Halloween Witch Sign from Wine Enthusiast

6) Wine O’Clock Witch Sign
This bright, hand-painted sign will alert the party when it’s wine time! Wine and scary fun is a perfect pairing.
Halloween Wine Glass Charms from Wine Enthusiast

7) Halloween Wine Glass Charms (Set of 6, On Sale!)
Party guests can keep track of their glass with witches, bats, mummies and more. These festive charms clasp to the bottom of each stem, adding a quirky decoration!
Spider Wine Glass from Wine Enthusiast

8) Spider Wine Glass
A handmade goblet with a creepy crawler on the side, holds 9 oz. of wine or witch’s brew.
Happy Hallowine Tee Shirt from Wine Enthusiast

9) ‘Happy Hallowine’ Women’s Shirt
Dress smart and spirited in this 3/4 sleeve shirt. Show friends your appreciation for both wine and Halloween!

Decorative Halloween Kitchen Towel from Wine Enthusiast

10) Decorative Halloween Kitchen Towels (set of  3)
Cleanup is scary simple with these festive kitchen towels, sure to keep your guests in stitches. A customer favorite!

Tell us what you have in store for Halloween this year! It’s only a few weeks away…