Tis the Season for sitting near the fireplace while the tree is lit and glistening and sipping on a steaming hot mug of mulled wine. (If fireplace is missing, download fireplace app on your phone now. Proceed…)
What IS the BEST Wine Cooler, anyway? Like any purchase-able item in America, we have too many options to choose from. This can make decision-making “easy” in the sense that you can choose what suits you best, but it can also make researching a product very time-consuming and grueling because there are 345,583 options to choose from. Right?
To become a master of anything, you first need to know the basics. That’s why I’m embarking on a Wine 101 Series to get to know our grapes better. Without going all text book-y on you, my goal is to give you a taste of the history behind some of the more well-known wines and then throw in a few rogue varieties just to mix things up a bit – which, really, is another series all together ie) blends. So without further adieu, let’s start with one of my favorites: Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the heat of a summer’s evening, sitting out on your back porch, mingling with close friends while the men guard the BBQ, you enjoy a glass of that crisp, fruity, blushing drink we call Rosé. But just how rosy is your rosé? Is it the pretty in pink type? Maybe a lovely aubergine hue? Or perhaps a sunset orange color? The color of your blushing glass reveals how your Rosé was produced and what variety of grape was used.
Does it really make a difference what wine you pair with your food? I mean, to be totally honest, I drink my favorite Cab with pretty much anything. Especially if it’s the end of a Friday and mama just needs to loosen up a little, ya know? However, the more I read about wine and the complexities of this luxurious libation, the more I do want to branch out and think outside my Cab box and maybe, just maybe try something new.
Making your own wine at home isn’t as complicated as it sounds. In fact, you don’t even need to go out and buy an expensive starter kit. With a few essentials, some yummy fruit and patience, you can have yourself some great tasting wine that was made by your own hands, or feet! (if you’re going old school ;))
Not only are home wine cellars a classy and elegant addition to your home, but they are super practical for keeping and maintaining a great tasting wine collection. Before you begin construction on your own cellar, here are 10 things to ask yourself:
For the serious wine collector, you will be looking for a cooler that will house a little more than a standard 24 or 36 bottle capacity. At the same time, you’re not totally ready to renovate your basement into a full on wine cellar. Enter, large wine fridges!