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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Monday, October 6, 2014

Member Appreciation Month = $100 Gift Card #Giveaway

Hello wine friends! We are celebrating all of the A Bit of Wine Members on our monthly newsletter. This month we are giving every member a chance to win a $100 gift card to our A Bit of Wine online store - just in time for the wine gift giving season!

With the holidays around the corner, an extra $100 to buy the perfect wine tools or wine accessories for your favorite wine love is the perfect way to start the season.

So, join our monthly A Bit of Wine Member Newsletter where we will share exclusive discounts, new product features, and fun wine tips with you every month. PLUS, when you become a member, we will send you a $10 off coupon that you can use right away on your next purchase at ABitofWine.com.

What are you waiting for? Why haven't you joined? What type of monthly wine information would you like to share with our members?

Cheers wine friends!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Best Wine Accessories for Fall

Wine accessories this fall season are all about creating warmth in your home and adding style to your wine serving needs. This year we are featuring the top wine accessories that every day wine lovers need to have on hand for their fall festivities...plus a couple of innovative new items that will make the wine lovers of the world smile.

So, stock up early on the best wine accessories for fall. Grab a few for some of your favorite wine friends and a couple more for your own wine lovin' self.

HOST FREEZE Wine Glasses These award winning wine glasses have a temperature holding gel inside the double walled bowl that keeps your white wine cool. Featured on top morning news programs, these HOST Freeze Wine Glasses will continue to be crowd pleasers into the holiday season. 

Stateroom Wine Bar New at A Bit of Wine, this 1930s inspired trunk turns any room into the party room at your house. This wine bar is elegantly designed to easily roll out whenever you are ready to party. Store up to 15 bottles of wine, your wine tools, and your wine glasses in this easy-to-open trunk that doubles as a wine serving station.

Ravenscroft Crystal Bordeaux Grand Cru Wine Glasses A classic wine glass never goes out of style. Ravenscroft Crystal wine glasses are made of 100% lead free crystal and feature the perfect large bowl design you want in your red wine glasses. This set of Bordeaux Grand Cru Wine Glasses are the perfect way to stock up on your wine glasses for your next wine party. They also make elegant wedding gifts for the newlyweds getting married this fall.

Limited Edition Screwpull Lever Corkscrew Gift Set 
Every wine lover needs a good corkscrew. Make wine opening easy with the Limited Edition Screwpull Lever Corkscrew Gift Set. Add one to your collect to replace your outdated and overused corkscrew. Give a set as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion this holiday season.

Chateau Style Varietal Wine Charms 
New antique finished wine charms have arrived at A Bit of Wine. The antique finish is warm and inviting for your next wine party. Plus, these wine charms will make sure no one is sharing a wine glass at your fall festivities. Stock up on all the new wine charm sets in time for your holiday stocking stuffer ideas.

Country Cottage Wise Owl Cork Holder 
You are one smart wine lover when you start collecting corks in this country-chic cork holder. The Country Cottage Wise Owl Cork Holder features an rustic yet modern design that will sit perfectly on your counter or mount to the wall nearby. It's the wisest way for you to collect your corks for all those cork crafts on Pinterest.

Wine Enthusiast 18 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator 
No wine lover's collection is complete unless you are storing your wine in a top-of-the-line wine refrigerator. This 18 bottle dual zone wine fridge from Wine Enthusiast makes your favorite bottle perfectly accessible at just the right temperature.

So, tell me wine lovers, what wine accessories will you be stocking up on this fall season?

Cheers wine friends!


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