Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FEATURING: Brand New Hand Painted Glasses from GMG Glassware

Brand New Hand Painted Glasses from GMG Glassware

We love to express our wine style in many ways at A Bit of Wine. Hand painted wine glasses can be a fun and festive way to show off your wine style. Recently we added new hand painted wine glasses to our online store for our every day wine loving friends.

GMG Glassware features elegant hand painted designs that embrace the ambiance of the vineyard. They are crafted from lead-free crystal that is mouth-blown and individually painted in Romania. Among their designs, we currently carry the following collections:

The Milano Collection - These colorful wine glasses feature an abstract design that is unique to each glass. The cobalt blue line swirl pattern creates panes that are decorated to feel like stained glass. Beautiful. Elegant. Artistic. 

{Check out the Milano SE Collection for an all silver tone version of a similar design.}

The Bacchus Collection - These beautiful hand painted wine glasses bring home the feeling of the vineyard. Featuring grapes and vines, the Bacchus collection comes in your choice of red wine glasses or white wine glasses. 

The Dionysus Collection - This collection of wine glasses allows you to show off your wine varietal of choice. Each set of glasses is dedicated to a single varietal. Show off your favorite wine with the Chardonnay or the Merlot. In total, the Dionysus collection has 4 varietal sets to choose from.

The Olivia Collection - This single set of wine glasses features a classic olive and branch design that would be an excellent pair in a kitchen or dining room themed for Southern Italy.

All GMG Glassware sets come in set of 4 wine glasses. Champagne flutes come in sets of 2. 

We are adding new collections to our site every week. So check back often for new finds and fabulous home wine decor that will show off your wine style. Plus, everything at A Bit of Wine makes a wonderful gift for the wine lovers in your life.

What's your favorite hand painted wine glass?

Cheers wine friends!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FEATURING: Wine Barrel Home Decor for Every Day Wine Lovers

Wine Barrel Home Decor for Every Day Wine Lovers

At A Bit of Wine, our every day wine lovers go crazy for any type of reclaimed wine barrel furniture we can find. From using the whole barrel to elegant candlelight stave centerpieces, we search high and low for high quality, durable, home wine decor that reuses old wine barrels.

The rustic touch of a wine barrel adds a taste of vineyard to any wine lover's decor. In our latest featured collection from 2-Day Designs, the A Bit of Wine team has found several amazing pieces of furniture that will let your wine style show.

Check out the latest 2-Day Designs at A Bit of Wine:

Bistro Barrel Cooler - This half-barrel cooler features a hinged tabletop lid for dual function. The cooler stands approximately 3 feet high on cast iron legs. This is a great addition to your back patio or screened in sunroom.

Reclaimed Wine Barrel Cabinet - This gorgeous reclaimed full wine barrel has been transformed into a storage cabinet featuring a hinged door on the side of the barrel with a single shelf inside. This wine barrel cabinet is a great addition for your living room or dining room.

Half Barrel Bistro Table - This uber-cool bistro table is made from a wine barrel that has been halved vertically. With the addition of an exterior shelf that extends around the perimeter of the barrel, this bistro table can comfortably seat up to 4 people. Such a cool addition for any home bar!

Full Barrel Bistro Table - This bistro table is the big sister to the half barrel we just discussed. This table features a full sized reclaimed wine barrel with exterior shelf that extends the entire diameter of the barrel for the perfect table top for 6 adults. Add this to any home wine bar and it will be a huge hit among your wine loving friends!

All of these wine barrel tables and furniture come with your choice of finish. We have 8 finish options for you to choose from. Note, finish colors may vary depending on your screen.

What do you think of our latest collection? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

Cheers wine friends!


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wine Serving Tip: Decanting Your Red Wine

Wine Serving Tip: Using a Decanter

Decanters make great wine gifts for new couples, new homeowners, or even your boss. Their elegant design allows them to look attractive on a shelf, home bar, or wine cabinet. However, this handsome wine tool does serve a purpose (other than adding classy elegance to your home).

A decanter allows the full flavors of a red wine to open up after being corked in the bottle for so long. Additionally, the design and shape of the decanter will allow the sediment to settle at the bottle, then be caught on the flared base before being poured into your guests' wine glasses.

Typically bottles of red wine are decanted. However, not all red wine need to be (or should be) decanted. You can use your own preference of taste to decide if decanting improves the flavors of your bottle. 

One note from our residence wine expert: Red wines that are high in alcohol are better served after decanting because the process for decanting allows the alcohol to dissipate highlighting the natural flavors of the drink.

To decant your wine, simply pour the wine slowly into the decanter in one steady motion, leaving a bit of wine in the bottle. The little bit left in the bottle catches the last bit of sediment before pouring into the decanter.

Serving from a decanter is as simple as pouring the wine into your wine glass after the wine has had enough time to aerate (or open up). When in doubt, you should try decant your wine an hour or two before serving. However, ten minutes is better than nothing. With older, fragile claret (another name for red Bordeaux), give it less time in the carafe because it may have a shorter life once opened than a younger red.

To speed up the aeration process in a decanter, you can swirl the wine a couple times. Then, let wine settle again before serving. The long neck design of a traditional wine decanter should minimize spillage. Use caution with shorter, wider necked decanters.

The designs of decanters can vary greatly. At A Bit of Wine, we have over 70 different decanters. Some are more suited for spirits, while others are designed specifically for a port wine (a red wine fortified with brandy and drank after a nice meal). But most popular are our standard wine decanters that come in various sizes depending on style and preference.

Decanters don't have to be an expensive wine gift either. A classic red wine decanter costs as little as $24.95 on a Wine Enthusiast The "U" Decanter. Depending on the lead free crystal, the design, and the maker, you can spend as much as $200 on a Ravenscroft Crystal Salmanazar Decanter that holds 396 ounces of wine!

Do you use a decanter for your red wine? Why or why not?

Cheers wine friends!


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