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Tag Archives: Kitchen and Dining

• Top 10 wine handbags. Some guys can carry too.

Top 10 wine handbags. Some guys can carry too.

The traditional handbag has had a make-over after a Swiss creator redesigned it with a special compartment for a bottle of wine. The makers explained, “The idea was based on the things women do in the day – working, shopping and going to a party.” Gone are the days it seems when a plastic bag or rucksack […]

• First paper wine bottle to hit UK shelves by end of 2012

First paper wine bottle to hit UK shelves by end of 2012

UK packaging company GreenBottle has signed a deal with a major wine supplier to produce the world’s first paper wine ‘bottle’ for supermarket sale this year, and claims there is wider global interest within the beverage industry.

• Champagne makers ditching flutes for wine glasses.

Champagne makers ditching flutes for wine glasses.

Marketing ploy or really an improvement? ~ Boozenews Champagne houses are moving away from using traditional flutes for their fizz in favour of white wine glasses, according to glassware manufacturer Georg Riedel. “The Champenois are starting to serve their sparklers in white wine glasses as the larger surface areas give more aromas, complexity and a […]

• How to throw a cocktail party like a pro. Here's an excellent guide

How to throw a cocktail party like a pro. Here's an excellent guide

… When it comes to throwing a successful party at home, though, Grindy insists you won’t need a lab coat. “The best cocktails don’t need to be complicated,” he says. “They should be simple yet elegant – just like your soirée.” THE GUEST LIST “You’ll want a vibrant crowd,” says Grindy. “And definitely some single […]

• Be A Show-Off: A Gift of Riedel Wine Glasses Says You're A Connoisseur

Be A Show-Off: A Gift of Riedel Wine Glasses Says You're A Connoisseur

“The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.” (Source: Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate)

• The Four Critical Elements You Must Have Right for a Proper Wine Cellar

The Four Critical Elements You Must Have Right for a Proper Wine Cellar

The following four elements are vital considerations when selecting your wine cellar’s location. Light – Rooms with even one window will not do. Good wine should be in total darkness until you turn on the cellar’s one small, dim bulb to select a delectable vintage. I know someone who uses a dim coloured bulb (I […]

• Finally! Bar Keeper, in Silverlake, selling long-awaited artisanal spirits as of…

Finally! Bar Keeper, in Silverlake, selling long-awaited artisanal spirits as of…

Bar Keeper, in Silverlake, received their long-awaited liquor license…YAY! Congrats! and will finally be  selling what promises to be an exciting array of artisanal spirits. Joe Keeper said that they would be stocking their beautiful cabinets and be ‘open for business’…spirits business that is, Friday, October 1. If you’ve never been to Bar Keeper and […]

• Clever answer to: How Much is Inside A Bottle of Wine?

Clever answer to: How Much is Inside A Bottle of Wine?

“In August, Nick and Alisha announced that they are getting married. Yeah! A lot of planning and testing is required to throw the perfect wedding reception, and one of the first tests is to figure out how many glasses of wine you get from one bottle. On Monday night, we decided to find out. Wine […]

• Five 'must-haves' to make professional cocktails at home

Five 'must-haves' to make professional cocktails at home

The slow food, locavore movement coupled with economic uncertainty has helped create an increase in at-home entertaining. Here are five tips to take your home bar to the next level. Here are five ‘must-haves’ to bring trendy lounge drinks home: 1. Herb and botanical-based liqueurs: like Campari, Chartreuse and St-Germain 2. Hand-held citrus juicer 3. […]

• Mangling wine names & other embarrassing wine faux pas

Mangling wine names & other embarrassing wine faux pas

It’s the moment many people dread – when they are asked to chose the wine. Not only do they not know what to pick, they don’t even know how to pronounce it, according to a survey. … Embarrassingly, ten per cent of people have complained that the waiter hasn’t poured them enough wine, when the […]

• Wine Sales Up for Seventh Month in 2010

Beer ceding ground to wine on July 4; top Texas brands ranked. All seven months of 2010 through July have produced higher sales than last year’s, when the recession was still new.