Archive for January, 2011

It’s No ‘Dilemma’–Vintage View Wine Racks Are Fantastic!

January 27th, 2011 No comments

Have you seen The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn? Did you notice the wine racks? Check it out:

Vince Vaughn in the Dilemma

Photo credit Universal Pictures

The wine racks in The Dilemma are Vintage View sideways hanging wine racks, some of our absolute favorite wine racks. Their strength, ease of installation and attractive appearance have made them a superior choice for wine collectors everywhere–and clearly they caught the eye of The Dilemma’s set designers as well.

Refill Canisters for Wine Preservation Systems–On Sale!

January 25th, 2011 No comments

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 nowwine preservation 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.

refill canister

Each canister preserves 25 bottles of wine or so, and they’re available in 2-packs, 4-packs, 6-packs, or 12-packs.  So stock up now and forget about worrying that you’ll run out of nitrogen!

If you don’t have The Keeper wine preservation system, you’re in luck–it’s on sale too.  The Keeper is a wine preservation system that allows you to keep a bottle of wine fresh even after it’s been opened.  Wine preservation systems allow you to open a bottle of wine without worrying whether you’re in the mood to finish the whole thing.

The Keeper is a particularly elegant solution to this problem.  This system isn’t bulky and won’t take up a ton of space in your kitchen.  Just open a bottle of wine, plug in the stopper and the nitrogen, and you’re good to go.  The system replaces the oxygen in the top of the bottle with nitrogen, which is non-reactive and won’t change the taste of your wine like oxygen does.  It makes a great gift too!  You can get the standard preservation system, or even one that comes with an extra canister and stopper, allowing you to preserve more than one bottle at a time.

Great Glassware from Riedel

January 20th, 2011 1 comment

Riedel wine glasses are some of the most popular gifts for wine lovers out there.  And for good reason: Riedel glasses are among the best out there.  They’re handmade and perfectly crafted to get the most taste out of your favorite wines.  They’re also beautiful.

But Riedel doesn’t only make glasses.  They also make gorgeous decanters.  Decanting wine is an oft-ignored but very valuable technique.  It can really help you get the most out of that special bottle you’ve been aging, and it makes for a gorgeous presentation at your next dinner party (or the next time you’re relaxing on the couch at home).  Here are some of our favorite decanters from Riedel.

The Riedel Cabernet decanter is a classic, elegant shape.  It would look gorgeous on your bar or dining room table.  And of course, it will help you bring out the most in your wines.


The Riedel Tyrol decanter is just as elegant, but it takes an unusual, eye-catching shape.  When not in use, it rests gracefully on its side to aerate the wine.

martini pitcher

Ok, ok, this isn’t a decanter.  It’s a martini pitcher!  A martini pitcher is a must-have for parties, and this one, with its classic-yet-edgy shape, will never go out of style.

Categories: Wine Gifts Tags: ,

Designer Wine Racks

January 18th, 2011 No comments

wine racking

If you’re looking to add some wine racks to your wine storage area, you might find yourself confused.  What with all the different styles, sizes, materials, and colors available, picking just the right racks for your home and your collection can be difficult.

To fit your style and your space, you might be tempted to go for custom wine racks.  And while you might find that custom wine racks are the ideal option, you might also find that what’s not ideal about them is the price tag.  If you’d like the custom look without the custom price, check out Designer Wine Racks.

Designer wine racks are pre-made, but the individual racks can be fitted together any way you like for that unique, custom look.  Designer wine racks come in a huge variety of styles: they have everything from display shelves to waterfall racks, as well as my personal favorite, diamond racks.

Each Designer wine rack unit is available in poplar, red oak, and premium redwood, all long-lasting and hardy materials.  And each type of wood can be treated with a variety of finishes to ensure that your storage units match your decor. The Vintage Cellars build team can design a custom wine storage solution based around wine rack kits like Designer series racks, too. Check out our custom wine cellars page for more information and inspiration.

Designer wine racks are a beautiful, elegant choice for the wine enthusiast looking for a smart storage solution.  If you’re considering building a wine storage area, they are a great choice.  But remember one important fact: most wine lovers find that once they have a storage area, their wine collections grow larger than they anticipated.  Plan for more than you think you need!

Wine-Saving Solution: The Napa 4-Bottle WineKeeper

January 13th, 2011 No comments

wine preservationIf 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 to leave a bottle open to lose some of the precious flavors you’ve been looking forward to, yet you don’t always want to down an entire bottle in one night.

If you’ve ever wanted to savor a bottle over a couple of nights, you might think about investing in a wine preservation system. This Napa 4-bottle WineKeeper is a great option for the home wine collector.

Here’s how it works: piping connected to each wine bottle dispenses nitrogen, replacing the oxygen in the tops of the bottles with this non-reactive gas.  While oxygen will interact with the chemicals in the wine, changing the way the flavors taste and pushing the wine towards rancid, nitrogen doesn’t.  Your wine is preserved in perfect condition, allowing you to drink it at your leisure.  When you’re ready to enjoy your wine, the WineKeeper smoothly dispenses it into your glass.

In addition, the WineKeeper keeps your wines at the correct temperature, and this model even comes with dual temperature zones, so you can store both whites and reds perfectly at once.  Perfectly kept wine, always at hand?  Sign me up!

6,000-Year-Old Winemaking Site Found

January 11th, 2011 No comments

Today, the media reported that archeologists in Armenia have unearthed the world’s oldest known winery.  They think that the 6,000-year-old winemaking equipment, which includes a wine press and desiccated grape vines and seeds, was used to make special wines for funeral ceremonies held nearby.  Very cool!

Read the full story on here.

Click here to learn about the winemaking process.

Interview with a Vintner

January 11th, 2011 No comments

Dave Breeden discusses the art and science of winemaking from Scienceline on Vimeo.

During the harvest season, I got the chance to interview New York winemaker Dave Breeden. Dave is a chemist and a philosopher who makes award-winning wines at Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes area. The question I came to Dave with was, “Is winemaking an art or a science?” His response was fascinating. Watch the video above and read the full profile here.

Steak With Rosemary Red Wine Sauce

January 6th, 2011 No comments

wine sauce

Dying for some grilled food?  I know I am.  In the dead of winter, when it seems like all I’m eating is roasted and slow-cooked meats and hearty pastas, I sometimes get a craving for something a little more fresh tasting.  Nothing satisfies that craving better than a big grilled steak and a crisp green salad.  So put on your winter coat and get out there and light up the grill.  This steak and rosemary red wine sauce will be worth it, I promise.

Grill your steaks (I prefer a nice ribeye medium rare.)  Put them on a warm platter and tent with foil to rest.  Then, make your sauce:

  • Saute a sliced onion in a tablespoon of butter.  Cook until soft and browned, stirring constantly (about 10 minutes).
  • Add 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.
  • Stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cups dry red wine, one cup of beef broth, and a pinch of sugar.  Boil and stir until reduced by half.
  • Pour over steaks and serve immediately.

Don’t forget to serve this with the same wine you used in the sauce.  Delicious!

How to Make a Red Wine Sauce

January 4th, 2011 2 comments

We’ve posted on how to make a white wine sauce.  But we’d be remiss in our duties to provide you with wine know-how without teaching you how to make a red wine sauce as well.  A red wine sauce is a richer, more delectable counterpart to its buddy, the white wine sauce.  Just like a white wine sauce, though, it couldn’t be simpler to make.  And it is the perfect accompaniment to any pan-fried meats you might be cooking up.  A pan-cooked filet or flat-iron is elevated from good to great with this simple sauce.

Red Wine Sauce

When you’re done cooking your meat, remove it to a warm plate and tent it with foil to keep it warm.  While the meat rests and the juices re-distribute, you have the perfect amount of time to make a great sauce.

Pour off all but two tablespoons of fat from the pan.

Turn the heat to medium.  Add mined shallots or a combination of mined onions and garlic and a pinch of salt, and saute.

Add 2 cups of dry red wine.  Deglaze the pan: bring the sauce to a boil, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan until all the delicious brown bits are loosened.  Turn the heat down a bit and let the sauce simmer until reduced by half.

Pour over a steak.  Serve with the same wine in the sauce.  Bliss!