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  1. Wine Screw Caps vs. Corks: Round 1 (USED ELSEWHERE)

    Wine Screw Caps vs. Corks: Round 1 (USED ELSEWHERE)

    Wines with screw caps are becoming more and more popular.  Though some purists hold fast to the idea that corks are the only appropriate wine stoppers, several connoisseurs have been greatly pleased by the benefits of screw caps in recent years. Not only do screw caps allow for the tightest seal, they completely eliminate “cork taint” (TCA contamination) and oxidation...
  2. Drink it, Preserve it or...Recycle it?

    Drink it, Preserve it or...Recycle it?

    As the world moves to a greener frame of mind, just recycle wine.  I’ve been in many discussions with clients and friends about the topic of an unfinished bottle.  In my opinion, you have 3 options: drink it, preserve it or recycle it.  For the sake of argument, let’s remove the drink it option and you are left with preserve...
  3. Wine Preservation: What to do with That Open Bottle

    Wine Preservation: What to do with That Open Bottle

    Tightly sealed, a bottle of wine can keep for years.  In fact, if you've been reading this blog you know that many times, the best thing you can do for your bottles is to let them hang out in your cellar for a few years.  Wine slowly improves with age, in part because of a minimal exposure to a small...
  4. The Thanksgiving Leftovers Solution

    The Thanksgiving Leftovers Solution

    The thing about Thanksgiving is that when the dishes are done and the last stray family member has been gently coaxed out the door, there are always leftovers.  I'm talking about two kinds of leftovers, one good, one bad.  The food leftovers are the wonderful ones: almost better than Thanksgiving itself is a perfect Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich with roast turkey...
  5. Wine-Saving Solution: The Napa 4-Bottle WineKeeper

    Wine-Saving Solution: The Napa 4-Bottle WineKeeper

    If you're a wine aficionado, you'll be drooling over this 4-bottle wine saving system by WineKeeper. WineKeeper makes devices that preserve and dispense open bottles of wine. If you've ever wanted to open a special bottle of wine, but haven't felt up to finishing the whole thing at once, you've faced the dilemma of many wine collectors. You don't want...
  6. Refill Canisters for Wine Preservation Systems--On Sale!

    Refill Canisters for Wine Preservation Systems--On Sale!

    If you use a wine preservation system like The Keeper, don't forget that you'll need to stock up on refill nitrogen canisters.  And now is a great time to buy!  These refill canisters are on sale right now, so it's a great time to buy a few extras so that you won't run out in a time of need. Each...
  7. Wine Review: Jelu Malbec 2008

    Wine Review: Jelu Malbec 2008

    This hearty, Argentinean Malbec is quite robust!  Its delightful nose contains pleasing plum and vanilla scents.  The wine itself has prominent spicy flavors--very characteristic of Argentinean Malbecs--as well as those of dark plums, blackberries, and traces of vanilla.  The finish is quite good, lasting well over 40 seconds, and includes satisfying blackberry notes.  This is a wine sure to...
  8. ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeepers: The Safest Way to Preserve & Dispense Wine

    ETL-Certified Monterey WineKeepers: The Safest Way to Preserve & Dispense Wine

    Several of Vintage Cellars' products are ETL-certified (see our Education Center article about ETL for more information about the certification), but three of the new Monterey WineKeeper products are our first WineKeeper Wine Preservers & Dispensers to be tested and approved by Intertek's Electrical Testing Labs! Feel confident that our Monterey 4-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, Monterey 8-Bottle ETL WineKeeper, and Monterey...
  9. 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...
  10. Chardonnay Clam Sauce

    Chardonnay Clam Sauce

    Here’s a simple and delicious clam sauce recipe that's perfect for pasta, and perfect for the fall.  You’ll need: 2 Tbsp. Butter 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (Extra Virgin is usually best) 1 1/2 Tsp. Fresh, Minced Garlic 1/2 Cup Chardonnay 1 Pinch Salt 1 Pinch Black Pepper 8 to 12 Fresh Clams in Shells (or a can of baby clams...
  11. Recipe: Wine & Lemon Sauce for Chicken

    Recipe: Wine & Lemon Sauce for Chicken

    Every family seems to have a unique, coveted lemon chicken signature dish.  Perhaps this easy wine and lemon sauce recipe will help liven up your current poultry preparatory practices, or perhaps you’ll be inspired to add additional ingredients to make this sauce truly your own?  Here’s all you’ll need: A photograph of lemons by André Karwath 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Introducing the WhisperKOOL Slimline Cooling System

    Introducing the WhisperKOOL Slimline Cooling System

    Have a wine cellar, but not enough room to install a proper cellar cooling unit?  That’s what some people believe. Avoid a big wine storage mistake in your small cellar by investing in the WhisperKOOL Slimline cooling system; it’s designed to fit in that frequently-unused space above your cellar door! Even if your cellar is small, the WhisperKOOL Slimline’s over-the-door...
  15. Featuring: The WineKeeper 3-Bottle Executive

    Featuring: The WineKeeper 3-Bottle Executive

    Ever have a really good glass of wine you’d like to savor forever?  If not forever, how about one you’d want to keep around to sip on over the next few weeks? We’ve all had those magic bottles of wine we wanted to keep around for little tastes, but couldn’t preserve adequately for more than a few days.  With...
  16. Dare to Mix Red and White Wine?

    Dare to Mix Red and White Wine?

    Before reading further, please understand that wines like rosés are not just mixtures of red and white wines.  They are made by a process similar to red wine, but the skins of the grapes are removed before they fully turn the wine a deep shade of red.  (Read more about the process of making rosé wine in our previous post...
  17. Some Dry Red Wines

    Some Dry Red Wines

    Are you new to the world of wine?  Unsure what wines are considered to be “dry?”  Read on! Quite simply, dry wines have the greatest alcohol content; their juice ferments until almost all of the grape’s sugar is utilized.  Thus, dry wines contain little residual sugar and are not “sweet.”  What common wines are considered dry?  Here’s a little list...
  18. 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...
  19. Wine Dispensing Best Practices

    Wine Dispensing Best Practices

    WineKeeper's Magnum 8 Bottle You found that perfect wine while tasting at a sun-soaked vineyard years ago. You carefully carried a bottle home and placed it in your wine cellar. You monitored the temperature and humidity. You researched and thought about when the right time to open it. Finally, tonight's the night: it's time to uncork that bottle and...

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