Monthly Archives April 2016

Champagne Gifts: The Great Champagne Names

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Though the name champagne already connotes prestige in itself, in giving champagne gifts, it is also a must to know the brands or houses from which your champagne came from. Here’s a list of some of the popular champagne brands or houses that grace lovely champagne gift baskets the world over.

  1. Moet et Chandon’s Dom Perignon – This champagne has been hailed the King of all Champagnes. It is a cuvee de prestige, which is defined to be a proprietary blend of top calibre for a house. To receive this as a champagne gift is truly an honour in itself worth celebrating.
  2. Louis Roederer’s Cristal – This champagne is quite a connoisseur’s delight with its refined richness and depth. Also a cuvee de prestige, Cristal was once only offered for the consumption of the Russian Tsar until it w...
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Proper Wine Serving Basics

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Proper wine serving begins at the bottle. The first question we must ask is: Does the wine need to be decanted? That is, does it need to be poured from the bottle into a decanter? A decanter is basically a carafe or other container large enough to hold the bottle’s contents? There are two basics reasons why you would answer yes.

The first reason is to let the wine breathe. Often young, tannic red wines (and some full bodied dry whites) benefit from the aeration that decanting provides. The air combines with the wine to release the wine’s flavors and aromas and soften the tannins. Generally speaking, an hour is long enough

The second reason to decant is to remove sediment from vintage Ports and older reds...

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Red Wines For Summer

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When you think of a bottle of red wine you often think of Christmas or wintertime.  Great with cooked meats and comfort food it is often not seen as a wine for the summer.

However when you think about the places that produce red wines they are mainly places which have a lot of sunshine over the summer months.  The people who live in these regions drink red wine all year round – so perhaps it is time to look at red wine through different eyes and think about how it can work as a summer drink.

The most obvious place for red wine is the barbecue.  A proliferation of grilled meats make red wine the obvious choice when choosing you barbecue drinks...

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Top Five Wine Accessories to Check Out

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So you want to purchase a bottle of wine for a gift. Do not just buy a bottle or two then wrap. Your gift should come with one or two wine accessories to make it more attractive. Anyway, you are giving this not to an ordinary person. This gift is for someone who has achieved so much in his life – your boss, your husband’s boss, or your boss’s husband. What are these wine accessories fit for a perfect personality?

Wine chiller

Wine chiller is the most common accessory for wine. They are a perfect pair because the chiller makes a wine taste better; thus, appreciated more. Choose between an ordinary and a personalized or unique wine chiller. Are you up for an electronic chiller or manual placing of ice cubes? Decide between a single and double wine chiller...

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Good Wine: Beaded Bubbles Winking at the Brim

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Wine, when it was only French, was a luxurious drink of the rich and the classy.  Wine, in its democratized forms, is now a luxury made available at every supermarket and has come a far way from its tradition of being produced in France and Germany.

Lately wine drinkers have the choice of selecting their bottle of wine produced in the vine yards of California, Chile, Australia and India, to name a few. Wine had always had a high brand image as a drink meant only for the aristocrats unlike beer, whiskey and brandy which is more associated the common man’s pub drink.

Complimenting this established popular perception, good French wine cost you the earth...

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The 4 Basics of Wine Storage

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Ah, wine: nectar of the gods, agent of honesty, and reliever of workday stress. Whether you’re drinking a rare vintage or filling your tumbler from a cardboard box, vino works the magic that we all need once in a while.

Drinking wine shortly after purchasing is easy enough, but if you’re planning on holding off for a while, there are some rules you have to follow so that your godly nectar doesn’t spoil. If you’re a serious collector, or just someone saving a bottle for that big life event years down the road, here are some basics of wine storage.

Control the Temperature

Temperature is a key factor in the aging process. If you keep wine in a climate over 70 degrees, the heat will ruin the works...

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Wine Temperature Basics

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What is the best wine temperature to serve and store your favorite wines? I have been asked this question many times. Trying to be responsive to Blog readers and business clients, I embarked on what turned to be a two-day research project. What I found is hundreds and hundreds of websites that present information on wine storage and serving temperatures. As you can imagine, the opinions about temperature facts were all over the board.

Keeping your wine at the correct temperature is critical to maximizing its value and taste. Wines kept at too high of a temperature will age faster than desired. Wine stored at too cold of a temperature can develop deposits or other sediments in it. Each type of wine has its own desirable storage temperature range...

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The Red Wine Secrets of the French Paradox

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American scientists and other health experts from around the world are puzzled as they try to discover the “secret” behind the French Paradox. The problem is that the French consume three times as much saturated fat as Americans and one-third less French people die from heart attacks. The French also have much less obesity than America and other Western countries.

The French eat rich foods high in saturated fats, such as cream, butter, pastry and rich cheeses. But they also consume red wine and olive oil. Researchers have found olive oil to be a heart-healthy source of fat. However, the olive oil the French consume does not rule out the high amounts of saturated fats they eat, and therefore does not properly explain the French paradox.

Red wine may be the reason...

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Wine Cellar Accessories For All

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If you enjoy drinking fine  wine  and even are a  wine  collector of sorts, then having a nice old cellar in your home makes for a sensible investment. You can use the basement area in your house to create a room. However such a good space also entails the need of  wine  cellar  accessories  which are readily available today.

If you do not have a basement then you can dedicate an entire room or small store room adjacent to your kitchen for the huge collection of fine  wine  you have. If you want to go for a  wine  cellar then there are some basic  accessories  which you will need to know about. It has to be cold, dark and humid to give those expensive bottles of  wine  the perfect storage environment.

 Wines  require a specific temperature to be stored in.  Wines  also...

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Loire Valley Is Not Only About Castles – Chateau de la Bonneliere

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Loire Valley is amazing region with beautiful landscape, historic cities, villages and many great Châteaux. It is area where you can breathe history, visit Leonardo da Vinci´s thomb or town of Jeane d´Arc. It is land that has been cultivated for centuries. It may be that it is the reason why the Loire Valley wine tastes so differently.

Loire wine region is situated along the Loire River from Muscadet region near Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé southeast of Orléans in north central France. It includes regions Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray...

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