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Wine Storage Specialist:

Stephanie Warren

  1. Our Top Five Wine Storage Product Obsessions

    Our Top Five Wine Storage Product Obsessions

    These Diamond Cube wine racks.  You can stack them to fit your space perfectly, and the shape is so unique and cool. 2.  This Vinotheque Wine Credenza.  It's a beautiful place to display your family photos, it's a buffet table, and it's top-of-the-line, climate-controlled wine cabinet. 3.  This 8-bottle Monterey WineKeeper system.  Ok, so you'd probably have to be a...
  2. Which Wines Age Well?

    Which Wines Age Well?

    Some VERY old bottles. Let's hope they have what it takes to open up well! Aging a bottle of wine has a very distinct, qualitative effect on the contents. But it's a very unpredictable effect. This leaves wine aficionados in a rough place--you don't want to spend the time and the money aging a nice bottle of wine, only to open...
  3. Wine Profile: Syrah

    Wine Profile: Syrah

    It's still hot outside, but it won't stay that way for long.  Soon, fall will be here, and its chilly breezes will make you crave wines that are deep, rich, and robust.  One perfect wine for fall?  Syrah, sometimes called Shiraz. Syrah or Shiraz is a very dark wine grape--almost black in color--that produces bold and rich wine.  Syrah grapes have...
  4. The Spiel on Kosher Wine

    The Spiel on Kosher Wine

    Kosher wine's got a bad rap.  But is it deserved? A decade ago, there weren't very many wine options available to observant Jews.  There was really only one choice: Manischevitz, a syrupy, sickly-sweet wine made from Concord grapes.  Concord grapes are typically only used to make three things: grape jelly, grape juice, and--you guessed it--kosher wine.  Needless to say, this...
  5. For the Perfect Custom Wine Cabinet, Go Vinotheque

    For the Perfect Custom Wine Cabinet, Go Vinotheque

    There's no doubt about it: a high-quality wine cabinet large enough to fit a growing collection is quite an investment.  If you're going to shell out the money, you want to make sure that it will be well-spent.  There are a lot of options out there, raising the question: what should I look for in a wine cabinet? The Vinotheque...
  6. Wine Review: 2005 Chateau Valcombe

    Wine Review: 2005 Chateau Valcombe

    Looking for a great French red wine?  Look no further.  The 2005 Chateau Valcombe from Côtes du Ventoux is one of those full-flavored but smooth wines that comes around all too infrequently.  It's very adaptable, great with a meal but complex enough to stand up on its own. I tried the 2005 Chateau Valcome at a great Alsatian restaurant in...
  7. Wine Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon

    Wine Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon

    As the cold weather approaches, my tastes start changing.  After months of craving chilled Rosé or Pinot Grigio, I start to want deeper, richer wines.  I'll start with rich, buttery Chardonnays, turn to Pinot Noirs, and eventually end up wanting only the biggest, boldest reds, like Cabernet Sauvignons. My cooking starts to reflect this change, too.  I begin to shun salads...
  8. eSommelier Wine Collection Management System

    eSommelier Wine Collection Management System

    If you have a growing wine collection, there's one thing you can't do without: a system for keeping track of your bottles.  Ok, you need a proper storage space and a climate-controlled environment too, but once you have those things, organization really is essential.  If you don't know what's in your cellar, your collection can quickly turn into chaos. Keeping...
  9. Wine Review: 2004 Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja

    Wine Review: 2004 Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja

    I never can resist a good Rioja. My favorite red wines are dry and smooth but bold, with lots of complex flavors. Riojas nearly always hit the mark for me. Red Rioja is a classic, bold red wine, made mostly from Tempranillo grapes, which lend flavors of plum, dark berries, leather, dry herbs, and a very noticeable (but pleasant) dusty...
  10. New San Diego Wine Law Swirls up Controversy

    New San Diego Wine Law Swirls up Controversy

    Video courtesy CBS 8 News In a move that has stirred up some controversy, a new law has passed that will allow boutique wineries producing 12,000 gallons or less to operate tasting rooms. They'll also be able to sell directly to buyers and hold events such as weddings. Winemakers and wine lovers in San Diego see this as a good...
  11. VintageView Wine Racks Named Best of the Year

    VintageView Wine Racks Named Best of the Year

    Apartment Therapy, the trendy website for design, technology, cooking, and other fun stuff, has just released its list of the best wine racks of the year. One favorite? VintageView wine racks. Good choice, Apartment Therapy--they're one of our favorites too! VintageView wine racks use a unique design that allows you to store bottles label-forward rather than cork-forward, so that you...
  12. 3 More Wine Apps for Android

    3 More Wine Apps for Android

    Since our post on 3 Android Apps for Wine Lovers is so popular, and more apps are coming out for Android all the time, we figured we'd showcase a few more! Wine Dictionary: Even expert collectors occasionally run across a wine descriptor they've never seen before.  This wine glossary app isn't fancy, but it does the job: whether you're in...
  13. A Great Wine for Fall: Unoaked Chardonnay

    A Great Wine for Fall: Unoaked Chardonnay

    It's that time of year: the leaves are changing and we've traded t-shirts for sweaters and scarves.  Soon, we'll settle in for a long winter's nap.  But what to drink in the meantime? Sure, there are the rich, deep reds that warm you from the soul, like Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.  These are the quintessential wines of fall.  But...
  14. Wine Review: Sheldrake Point's 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

    Wine Review: Sheldrake Point's 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

    This weekend, I had a change to visit Sheldrake Point Winery in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes area.  Sheldrake Point is one of the most picturesque wineries I've ever visited, with rows of grape vines sloping gently down towards deep blue Cayuga Lake, the fall foliage resplendent in the background. I was lucky enough to get to sit down with...
  15. Wine Recipe: Coq Au Vin

    Wine Recipe: Coq Au Vin

    I promised you plenty of perfect wine recipes for fall, and I plan on keeping that promise.  I love classic, slow-cooked dishes (if you missed our Bouef Bourgignon post, check it out now), so today the Vintage Cellars blog is bringing you another French favorite: Coq au vin. Coq au vin couldn't be simpler: a chicken braised slowly with...
  16. Wine Review: 2007 Arrogant Frog Croak-Rotie

    Wine Review: 2007 Arrogant Frog Croak-Rotie

    Ever since our post on weird wine names, I've been on the hunt for wines with quirky names.  Finally I got the chance to try one--the 2007 Arrogant Frog "Croak-Rotie."  And surprise!  A funky wine name does not a funky wine make.  In fact, I deemed this one good enough to share with you. Ok, I'll admit it--it's the label...
  17. The Perfect Halloween Wine Cocktail

    The Perfect Halloween Wine Cocktail

    Everyone knows the key to any successful party: good drinks!  If you're hosting a Halloween party this weekend, you can't go wrong with this "Bloody" Orange Mulled Wine recipe.  And it's a snap to make!  Here's the recipe: "Bloody" Orange Mulled Wine Combine in a large pot or slow cooker: 4 bottles of your favorite red wine 4 peeled and...
  18. Great Wines for Thanksgiving

    Great Wines for Thanksgiving

    The First Thanksgiving by Jean Louise Gerome With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, there's no time like the present to start planning your dinner menu--and the wines that will go with it.  Choosing wines for Thanksgiving can be a challenge, because you have to please a variety of palates and complement a variety of dishes.  But have no fear!  Our suggestions will...
  19. Wine Profile: Beaujolais Nouveau

    Wine Profile: Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau may just be the all-around perfect wine for Thanksgiving.  It's mentioned in wine guides again and again as the ideal accompaniment for the annual turkey feast.  So let's talk a little bit about this great wine and why it's such a perfect choice for a food lover's favorite holiday. Beaujolais Nouveau is a very young wine (hence the...
  20. EuroCave Wine Cabinets

    EuroCave Wine Cabinets

    Wine collectors used to have to settle for a cellar.  They had to leave the temperature and humidity up to nature, and as a result, they'd often end up with mold-covered corks and bad bottles.  But the modern wine collector doesn't face these same challenges.  Available to him are sophisticated tools to help ensure that his wine collection ages to...

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