Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Raise a Glass! Wine Wednesday Has Been Proven

Its official, Wine Wednesday has been scientifically proven in a study by bottling company, Cobevco. At exactly 6:55pm on Wednesday evenings every week, we are exactly half way through the work week. It is the proverbial peak of the hump in our working lives.

The same study also reveals that men are quicker to uncork - pouring a glass at 6:40 pm while women on average are a half hour behind them at 7:07pm. And an overwhelming 76% of participants in the study prefer to drink at home versus a bar.


Laura Phillips, an admin assistant, summed up the mood of a Wednesday evening when she told the study that she "always gets into my pajamas and enjoy a few glasses at around 7pm with my dinner. It's the perfect time to sit on the sofa and share a nice bottle of red."

She added: "We don't necessarily polish the bottle off, but it really takes the edge off and helps me relax in the middle of a hectic week."




So, how do you enjoy your Wine Wednesday? Share in the comments.

Cheers!

Katie


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Monday, March 31, 2014

38 Reasons You Can Never Have Too Many Wine Charms


At A Bit of Wine, we love our wine charms. But, we are constantly have the same debate...can you ever have too many wine charms? I don't think it is possible. In fact, I came up with my best 38 reasons you can never have too many wine charms.

How many of them do you agree with? Can you think of more? Comment below this post & tell us your thoughts.


Here are my 38 reasons you can never have too many wine charms:





  1. Wine charms are fun.
  2. Wine charms are whimsical.
  3. Wine charms are affordable.
  4. Wine charms make your wine glass stylish.
  5. There are thousands of different wine charm designs.
  6. There are thousands of different color schemes for wine charms.
  7. You can have a set of wine charms for every season.
  8. You can have a set of wine charms for every occasion.
  9. Wine charms show your wine style on your glass.
  10. You can use wine charms when you have a party.
  11. You can use wine charms when you are at home alone.
  12. Wine charms add some flair to your wine glass.
  13. Wine charms make great wine gifts for your mom.
  14. Wine charms make great wine gifts for your best friend.
  15. Wine charms make great wine gift for a party hostess.
  16. Wine charms make a great add-on to that wine gift your are already buying.
  17. Wine charms are a classic wine gift for any wine lover in your life.
  18. You can use wine charms on the stem of your wine glass.
  19. For stemless wine glasses - you need the wine glass markers to stick to the bowl of your wine glass.
  20. You can change your wine charms to match your home wine decor.
  21. There are silicone wine charms.
  22. There are silver wine charms.
  23. There are pewter wine charms.
  24. There are glass wine charms.
  25. Wine charms can be custom made to make any event memorable.
  26. Wine charms keep you from sharing your wine with someone you don't like.
  27. Wine charms prevent a disastrous wine mix up at your wine party.
  28. You can match a wine party guest's wine charm to their personality.
  29. Wine charms can be changed to match your mood.
  30. Wine charms don't take up a lot of space - they tuck nicely into the drawer of your wine cabinet.
  31. Wine charms - like shoes - a lady can never have too many.
  32. What will you do if your dog eats your favorite wine charm?
  33. What happens if you lose your favorite wine charm?
  34. What happens if your best friend takes your favorite wine charm home?
  35. Just one successful wine party could eliminate your entire stock of wine charms - stock up.
  36. You don't want your wine glass charm not to match your outfit {gasp}!
  37. Wine charms make great home wine decor - think accessorizing your tablescape.
  38. Who doesn't love a new set of wine charms?
So, what reasons did I miss? Comment on this post...then share it with your friends so tell us their thoughts too.

Cheers!

Katie

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Six Simple Steps to Using The Ocean Series Wine Aerators

Six Steps to Using The Ocean Series Wine Aerators

Earlier we shared a Product Highlight of the Ocean Series Wine Aerators. These 3 classic wine aerators provide wine lovers with sturdy pewter aeration option that will impress guest. They are cute, fun and whimsical aerators that work best with a classic wide mouth wine decanter. 

Here are the six simple steps to using any of the ocean series wine aerators for your favorite bottles of wine:

  1. Place the aerator in the neck of your decanter. 
  2. Gently pour your bottle of wine over the aerator.
  3. Let it pass over the aerator into the decanter. {As the wine passes over the aerator, it will create more surface area of the wine, thus opening up the flavors and notes of the bottle.}
  4. Allow all of the wine drip off the aerator. 
  5. Remove from the decanter. {The amount of time to allow the wine to open in the decanter will vary based on the bottle}
  6. When the wine is ready, pour it directly from the decanter into your wine glass.
How often do you aerate your wine? Share with us in the comments.

Cheers!

Katie


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Product Highlight: The Ocean Series Wine Aerators

Wine lovers understand the benefit of aerating a bottle of wine in order to experience a full flavor profile of the wine. {that's all the wine snobbery I have for this post}

However...who does this for EVERY bottle of wine? I'll admit that for my every day wine, I rarely take the time to let it breath the way we should. Hand me a well aged vintage paired with the right meal, then I may slow down and let my wine tools do their work...Keith will make sure of it.


So, any wine tool that can speed up the decanting process is a wine tool I make sure to have on hand. A cool wine aerator can minimize the time needed in the decanter for breathing and opening up. 


There are many styles of wine aerators you can use. Some plug into the top of the wine bottle or others allow you to aerate the wine by the glass. These are quick aerating fixes when you want to pour the wine right into the wine glass with no waiting, no presentation, no decanter. 


While these 'in-the-bottle' or 'by-the-glass' wine aerators work perfectly fine, the Ocean Series of wine aerators are a stylish and classy way to aerate your wine as its going into your wine decanter. Perhaps you are hosting a dinner party and want to show off your wine sophistication. Or you are a lover of the ocean, so pulling out the puff fish wine aerator is a tool you'd enjoy using more often. Either way, this series is a fun and whimsical way to show your wine style like a true wine aficionado.


All of the Ocean Series wine aerators are:

  • 100% pewter
  • Best when used with a decanter
  • Inspired by the sea
  • Weigh .5 lb to 1.5 lb

Choose from:



Do you see yourself or a friend using a classic wine aerator like the Ocean Series? Why or why not? Share with us in the comments.

Cheers!

Katie


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick Wine Party Prep Tips from A Bit of Wine



A few weeks ago we featured our suggestions for all your wine party hosting necessities. Beyond having all the right wine tools to host your favorite wine lovin' friends, you want to have a game plan for the wine and food you plan to serve during the festivities.

Here is a quick breakdown of how you can plan a wine menu to meet everyone's palate preferences:

1. Stick to one type of  white wine. Then pick up 1 bottle for every 2 guests. A Chardonnay will typically please most white wine lovers, but don't be afraid to strike out with a Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) or a blush wine.

2. Only offer one choice of red wine. Then pick up 1 bottle for every 2 guests. A Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine crowd-pleaser. But in some of my more recent experiences an Argentinian Malbec has wow-ed palettes. Or try a Pinot Noir to pair with your food spread.

3. Assemble a cheese platter to pair with your wine selection. Refer to the Entertainer's Guide to Wine & Cheese Pairing that we shared a few weeks ago for a starting point. I also recommend using a cheese platter with serving utensils to label your selections. 

4. Explore offering a sweet treat pairing to complement your wine selection. Chocolate and wine is classic pairing for your red wine. Consider fruit to pair with your white wines - apples, pears, & peaches work nicely with a Chardonnay.

Need more ideas for planning a Quick, Easy, & Delicious Wine Party? Follow us on Pinterest. We collect pins for hors d'oeuvres, serving food, serving wine, party pairing ideas and so much more. Come pin with us on our Quick, Easy & Delicious Wine Party Ideas board.

What is your favorite tip for planning an awesome wine party? Share with us in the comments.

Cheers!

Katie


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Monday, March 10, 2014

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with A Bit of Wine Style


St. Patrick's Day is only a week away! A Bit of Wine has launched 5 new gift packs that will help everyone celebrate their Irish roots with matching t-shirt and pint glass. Each of these St. Patrick's Day gift packs come with a popular St. Patrick's Day saying on an American Apparel t-shirt and a 16 oz pint glass for all your green beer guzzling needs.

American Apparel t-shirts are made in the U.S.A. The green imprint on the pint glass is sure to show up nicely against the brew of your choice as you crawl the pubs collecting pinches and pecks.

These gift packs are available for a limited time. Order by 3/12 to receive in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Feelin' Good & Gettin' Lucky St. Patrick's Gift Pack

Irish I Were Drunk St. Patrick's Gift Pack


Kiss Me I'm Irish Gift Pack


Lucky Lad St. Patrick's Gift Pack


Lucky Lass St. Patrick's Gift Pack

How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Green beer? Pub crawl? Share with us in the comments.

Cheers!

Katie

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Limited Time - $7.00 Wine Sippy Cups

Are you feeling lucky?

For the month of March, A Bit of Wine is offering A Bit of Wine Vino2Go Wine Sippy Cups for $7.00! This is more than 50% off our retail price of the popular Vino2Go wine sippy cups. With these wine sippy cups you can take your wine with you to the backyard for that family BBQ, to the pool with your friends, or on a wine picnic at the vineyard with someone you love.

These BPA-free insulated wine glasses hold 8 ounces of wine and come with a Merlot colored lid to minimize spilling as you are enjoying your wine. I even like to use my wine sippy cup in the living room so I don't ruin our new light colored carpets.

How do you qualify to get $7.00 wine sippy cups?

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Your exclusive Wine Sippy Cup offer will arrive immediately in your inbox, plus more monthly savings to follow!

So, tell us...where would you take your Wine Sippy Cups?

Cheers!

atie

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