Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wine Serving Tip: Removing a Red Wine Spill from Your Carpet

Wine Serving Tip: Removing a Red Wine Spill from Your Carpet

After a great wine party, nothing can ruin your buzz more than red wine on your white (or light colored) carpet. Fret not, my wine friends. We know how to clean up a bit of wine! Here are a couple of my favorite tips for removing red wine stains from your carpet.

Keep in mind, depending on how 'fresh' the red wine spill is will depend on how well these tips work. Like with most spills, the sooner you can catch a red wine spill the better.

If you can catch the spill immediately after it happens,

1. Blot up as much red wine as possible.
2. Pour white wine over the spill to neutralize it.
3. Sprinkle the spill with a generous amount of table salt.
4. Cover with a damp white towel.
5. After your guests leave, press the stain with a dry cloth(s) until it comes clean.

If the stain is stubborn after you've followed the other steps, try this solution: (WARNING - test this solution on a small part of your spill area to make sure the solution doesn't harm the color of your carpet.)

  • One tablespoon of liquid handwashing dish soap
  • Two cups of warm water
  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
Use a clean white cloth to sponge the detergent/vinegar solution on your stubborn red wine spill. Applying a little bit at a time, blot the stain frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.

Once the stain is gone, sponge the area with cold water and blot dry.

Still have a stubborn red wine stain?

If all else fails, remove the red wine stain on a white carpet with a mixture of one part hand dishwashing detergent and two parts hydrogen peroxide. Sponge on; blot off. Rinse well. Don't forget to test this solution on a small spot to ensure it doesn't harm the color of your carpet.

Do you have any tips for removing red wine spills on your carpet? Comment and share your best wine removal tips with all our wine friends.


Cheers wine friends!

Katie


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Mario Brothers Theme Song - Played on Wine Glasses

Mario Brothers Theme Song - Played on Wine Glasses

Growing up I LOVED playing Mario Brothers games on the original Nintendo. The classic theme song brings back happy days of my childhood. So, when I stumbled across this incredible video of a young man playing the Mario Brother's theme song on a set of 48 wine glasses, I totally smiled. You have to watch it.

This video editing took some creative genius and looks like he had a lot of fun doing it. As the theme song is played on wine glasses also included two pencils, a frying pan, seven microphones, two cameras, and tap water to create this late-80's flashback.


What do you think of this young man's talent, wine friends?



Cheers wine friends!

Katie

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Wine Pairing Tip: What to Eat with Your White Wine

Wine Pairing Tip: What to Eat with Your White Wine


It's easy to remember the classic rule of thumb - white wines pair with white meat - like fish and chicken. But have you struggled to go a little deeper to match the flavors in the dish with the right white wine?

One tip for white wine pairings is to pair a white wine with citrus undertones with a dish you've enhanced with lemon. 

For example, a nice grilled salmon with a splash of lemon juice will pair nicely with a Sauvignon Blanc. The citrus notes of this acidic white wine will cut the fat in the salmon creating a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Be careful with your fish dishes not to choose a wine that will overpower the delicate texture and flavors of your seafood.

For a chicken dish, try a creating a beurre blanc sauce (similar to the beurre rouge we shared a few weeks ago...only with white wine) to elevate a simple grilled chicken breast. A bottle of Chardonnay works well for a creamy chicken dish like this due to its buttery flavor. 

Remember with chicken dishes, you don't always have to follow the rules. Chicken can be a blank slate when it comes to wine pairings, and it all depends on the sauce or seasonings. 

Explore these alternative wine pairing combinations for your next chicken dinner:
  • Sauvignon Blanc works well with dishes using green spices like rosemary and thyme, or citrus dishes.
  • Riesling and Gewurztraminer work well with spicy chicken dishes, because if there sweetness. 
  • Merlot is a jammy wine so drink this with heavy tomato sauce recipes.
  • Pinot Noir is a great wine to go with salty chicken dishes.

What is your favorite white wine pairing? Comment and let us know what you think...then, share this wine pairing tip with your friends.

Cheers wine friends!

Katie

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