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  1. Custom Wine Cellar Photo Tour

    Custom Wine Cellar Photo Tour

    Sometimes, even the best-chosen words fall short.  When you're talking about some of the incredible wine cellars that Vintage Cellars has designed in the past, the pictures really are worth a thousand words.  Today, rather than waxing philosophical about wine tasting or discussing at length the benefits of wines from a particular climate, let's take a pictorial tour of some...
  2. 3 iPhone Apps for Wine Lovers

    3 iPhone Apps for Wine Lovers

    When you're shopping for wine, you don't always have a wine expert -or even your computer- close at hand.  But no fear.  There are tons of apps available for your iPhone that can help you pick a bottle.  Check out a few of our favorites: Wine Snob:  Wine snob gives you detailed information about the bottle in your hand.  It...
  3. 3 Blackberry Apps for Wine Lovers

    3 Blackberry Apps for Wine Lovers

    Well, our last post was about wine-friendly apps for the iPhone.  So it's only fair that this time, we talk about what kind of wine apps Blackberry users should take advantage of.  Droid users, don't feel left out--you're up next! Wine Enthusiast Guide: Called "the ultimate wine companion" by developers, this app contains a database of wine reviews, with 1,000...
  4. 3 Android Apps for Wine Lovers

    3 Android Apps for Wine Lovers

    This week, we've been highlighting must-have smartphone apps for wine lovers.  We've talked about apps for the iPhone and Blackberry, so this time, let's turn our attention to a few great wine-friendly apps for the Android. Wine by the Bar: This app's motto is "Sip, Scan, Share," and it allows you to do just that with your favorite wines.  Android's...
  5. Train Your Palate with a Homemade Wine Aroma Kit

    Train Your Palate with a Homemade Wine Aroma Kit

    The back of the bottle loves to promise a world of aromas inside the bottle.  But do you ever sniff, swirl and sip in vain, trying to find the aromas that you know are there, but you just can't seem to sense? Don't feel inadequate: sensitive palates aren't born, they are made.  Although it could be argued that sommeliers and...
  6. How to Make Your Own White Wine Vinegar

    How to Make Your Own White Wine Vinegar

    One of our most popular posts on the Vintage Cellars Blog has been How to Make Your Own Red Wine Vinegar.  Our readers seem to love the idea of using up bottles of red that are a little past their prime to make something delicious and useful.  But did you know that it's just as easy to make your own...
  7. How to Make Flavored Wine Vinegars

    How to Make Flavored Wine Vinegars

    We've discussed how your can use your leftover bottles of red and white wine to make delicious homemade wine vinegars.  If you've already tried this, you know that homemade vinegars are infinitely better than anything you can buy at the store.  They make better vinaigrettes and sauces, and are just plain tastier.  Homemade vinegar is easy to make and very...
  8. Kitchen Uses for Wine Vinegar

    Kitchen Uses for Wine Vinegar

    Here on the VC Blog, we've talked about wine vinegars a lot.  We've discussed how to make delicious homemade red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar from those leftover bottles taking up space in your kitchen.  We've also talked about how to then take those tasty vinegars to make individual bottles of flavored vinegars that are equally great to use...
  9. 5 Things You Should Expect from Restaurant Wine Service

    5 Things You Should Expect from Restaurant Wine Service

    We've all had it happen: the moldy cork, the bug in the glass, the wrong wine.  There are some things that are clear reasons to send back your glass or bottle.  But what about the less obvious problems?  These 5 tips tell you what is--and isn't--ok in restaurant wine service. 1.  Size (and shape) matter.  At family-style restaurants (especially Italian...
  10. How to Remove Wine Stains

    How to Remove Wine Stains

    We've all been there.  Its starts something like this: a hot night, a white dress, a bottle of great red.  And it ends with a big red stain and an unhappy guest.  But don't cry over spilled wine!  Here are a few tricks that will help you remove the stain and get your night back on track.  They are all...
  11. How to Build a Great Wine Collection

    How to Build a Great Wine Collection

    Do you have aspirations to build a great wine collection but don't know where to start?  Have you collected a few bottles but are unsure about how to build what you have into a cohesive collection?  Here are some tips and hints to help  you out. The best way to start is to educate yourself.  Before you're ready to spend...
  12. Humidity in Wine Cellars

    Humidity in Wine Cellars

    We know that wine has to be kept at a low temperature in order to age well.  It’s logical—we keep our perishable items cool so that they don’t spoil as quickly, and wine is, of course, a perishable item.  But what’s with the humidity thing?  Does wine really need to be kept at a certain level of humidity in order...
  13. Wine Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

    Wine Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

    You love wine.  You spend a lot of time drinking it, thinking about it, and buying it.  You’d love to start a real collection rather than stashing the bottle haphazardly on a rack in your kitchen, but you live in a small loft apartment.  There’s hardly enough room for your stuff, let alone enough empty space for a wine cellar...
  14. Sustainable Wine Storage

    Sustainable Wine Storage

    As we've previously discussed here on the blog, green is in! More than ever, people are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to the products they use in their daily lives. Using sustainable wood products is an important part of this effort. The forests of our planet are our oxygen factories, and we can't live without them. Dwindling forests make for...
  15. Wine Storage Tips

    Wine Storage Tips

    1. If the conditions aren’t right, the wine will rot.  There’s nothing worse than opening a bottle after years of storage, only to discover that instead of aging gracefully, it’s turned to vinegar.  Keep the temperature of your wine cellar, wine refrigerator, wine closet, or wine cabinet between 50 and 65 degrees F for red wine and 45 to 60...
  16. Wine Events in Your Area

    Wine Events in Your Area

    I'm constantly on the lookout for wine events happening in San Diego, the home of Vintage Cellars.  But it's not always easy to find out everything that's going on, and I'm always disappointed when I find out I missed out on a great event.  So I was very happy when I recently ran across localwineevents.com, a website that does just what...
  17. Love Champagne but Hate the Price?  Try Cava.

    Love Champagne but Hate the Price? Try Cava.

    I love to drink champagne.  It doesn't have to be a special occasion, in fact, sometimes I'll make one up just to have an excuse to celebrate with the bubbly stuff.  Whether I'm toasting to a job well done or a job I didn't quite get done, champagne always puts a smile on my face.  But what doesn't make me...
  18. Wine Review: 2006 De Canal Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

    Wine Review: 2006 De Canal Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

    Recently, a wine bar opened up in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.  It's called Enoteca Adriano, and I've been eating there a lot because of the great pasta, intimate atmosphere, and of course, the great wine list.  One of my favorite wines they offer also happens to be the least expensive on the list--the 2006 De Canal Montepulciano...
  19. Wines for Grilling

    Wines for Grilling

    Summer's here and that means grilling season.  When the summer days mean it's too stifling to cook over a hot stove, I loveto take the kitchen prep outside and cook as much as I can over the open flame.  Not only does it keep the house cool, grilling outside lets me enjoy the warm summer evenings, and offers the delicious...
  20. Wine Review: 2007 Atteca Old Vines

    Wine Review: 2007 Atteca Old Vines

    I'm a big sucker for Spanish wines, and when I'm perusing a restaurant wine list, I often find myself flipping past the Pinot Noirs and Merlots in the hopes of finding a nice Tempranillo or Rioja.  Last night at JRDN Restaurant I tried a great Spanish red wine that I couldn't wait to share with you: the 2007 Atteca Old...

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