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  1. Wine Cellar Pro by Velvet Vine, a Wine App

    Wine Cellar Pro by Velvet Vine, a Wine App

    Featured on Apple’s own website (apple.com) in May of 2010, Wine Cellar Pro by Velvet Vine, created by Tap Leap Software, LLC, quickly became one of the top five recommended iPhone applications.  Allowing users to manage wine inventories, track purchases, and take personal tasting notes, Velvet Vine also allows users to share their wine journals, tasting notes, and reviews with...
  2. Visit Vintage Cellars' Wine Storage Education Center!

    Visit Vintage Cellars' Wine Storage Education Center!

    Have a question about how wine cooling systems work?  Wondering about the similarities and differences between various wine racks and wine racking kits?  Need help choosing the right wine cabinet for your needs and living space?  Perhaps you simply want to learn more about how wine preservation systems work to keep your open bottles as fresh as possible?  Now is...
  3. What's Up With Tannins?

    What's Up With Tannins?

    Recently, we recommended serving a Cabernet with steak and butter-rich foods, partly because of the wine’s tannins.  But what are tannins, actually? Tannins are polyphenolic compounds naturally found in plants that bind to proteins and other organic compounds.  In other words,  they are naturally found in the skins, stems, and leaves of grapes, and they are attracted to proteins, like...
  4. What’s the Optimal Wine Storage Temperature?

    What’s the Optimal Wine Storage Temperature?

    As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, the temperature at which a wine is stored (and served) can bring out the best (or worst) of a given bottle, but an entire wine collection can be at stake if “ideal” storage temperatures are not maintained.  Many big collections have been unnecessarily damaged because of such unstable temperatures.  For example, temperatures above 65ºF...
  5. When the Lights Go Out: Keeping Your Wine Safe in Hurricanes & Other Power Outages

    When the Lights Go Out: Keeping Your Wine Safe in Hurricanes & Other Power Outages

    Residents of the East Coast recently experienced the wrath of Hurricane Irene.  For the fortunate individuals who did not incur serious property damage and flooding, there were other issues to contend with: power outages.  Some storms can leave areas without power for days, meaning your wine cooling units will not operate.  And who wants to see a multi-thousand dollar investment...
  6. To Cork, Bag, or Seal Another Way?

    To Cork, Bag, or Seal Another Way?

    In 2011, over 60% of the most popular domestic wine brands were sealed with natural cork.  This statistic comes from the Cork Quality Council, a Napa-based organization.  Based on surveys of A.C. Nielsen data, the executive director of the Quality Cork Council, Peter Weber, claims that there has been “a sharp increase in the sale of wine sealed with cork.” ...
  7. eSommelier: a New Way to Organize Your Wine Collection

    eSommelier: a New Way to Organize Your Wine Collection

    Technology has certainly been keeping the wine world on its toes!  With the latest wine app releases, to devices with unparalleled scanning, pairing, and locating capabilities, what new wine gadgets will they think of, next?  Here is one that we find quite a catch!  It’s called the eSommelier, and it’s a complete wine collection management system.  Perfect for people...
  8. What are Wine Diamonds?

    What are Wine Diamonds?

    Ever drink a glass of really good wine and find little crystals at the bottom?  These are “wine diamonds,” not sediment, and they have been helping to preserve your wine! Wine diamonds are, in actuality, potassium bitartrate crystals that sometimes form on a wine bottle’s cork, most often when chilled.  During the winemaking process, itself, they naturally form on the...
  9. Top 5 Wine Storage Mistakes

    Top 5 Wine Storage Mistakes

    Let’s face it, people make mistakes.  And when it comes to wine storage, a lot of people make innocent mistakes that end up costing them a few (or more!) good bottles of wine.  Here's how to avoid some common wine storage blunders. The Top Five Wine Storage Mistakes 1. Storing wine upright.  If you store wine with your bottles standing...
  10. Has My Wine Gone Bad?

    Has My Wine Gone Bad?

    If you’ve been drinking wine for a while, you've most likely encountered a bottle that has gone bad somewhere along the line.  Unlike wines that simply taste "less-than-good," bad bottles taste unbelievably bad!  What causes such ruined wine?  Here are a few factors... A Bad Cork: Bad corks are the number one cause of “bad” wine.  If stored improperly (upright...
  11. Five Ways To Use Empty Wine Bottles

    Five Ways To Use Empty Wine Bottles

    I'll admit it: I go through a lot of wine bottles. I love drinking the wine, but there's something I really hate about tossing all those bottles in the recycling bin. Luckily, creative people all over the web are one step ahead of me. They've found tons of creative ways to transform old wine bottles into cool crafts and works...

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