Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Tips and Wine Ideas

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings and reflection.

A perfect time to slow down and be present with family and friends, or even spending time with strangers.

Yours may involve travel or the preparation for guests to join you.

Traditions are honored and created.

We would like to help you simplify your wine list for Thanksgiving since it is almost here! 

There is enough happening during this time leading up to your big Thanksgiving celebration.
The last load you need to carry is the stress of which wines will you bring or serve on this holiday?
Whether you are a host or a guest, we think you will find our recommended list a breath of fresh air as the days are flying by.
These wines are chosen for their compatibility with the flavors of a traditional turkey feast.

Thanksgiving Wine List:

Pinot Noir ~ Look for Oregon wines first

Sweet Riesling 


Dry Rose

Carmenere ~ Chile

Pinot Gris 


If serving or enjoying a vegetarian meal with Tofurkey, we recommend a California Pinot Noir, a Syrah or the versatile Riesling.

A Few Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Day:

Keep your white and rose wines chilled, and your reds cool.

Appetizers - if football is on or not!
Simplify and update your necessary serving trays.

Instead of canned yams, try a healthier sweet potato side dish:

(Recipe is for 8-10 people)

Dice up 4-5 Large Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Butter the inside of a 9 x 13 glass pan.
Add half of the diced sweet potato or yams.
Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries.
Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional).
Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Melt 4 Tablespoons of real butter with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and drizzle over.
Add the remaining half of yams or potatoes.
Repeat layering with another 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.
Sprinkle more sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon on top.
Melt 2-3 more Tablespoons of real butter and finish by adding this to the top layer.
Bake at 375 degrees for 75-90 minutes (depending on altitude).
Stir often. If potatoes or yams seem dry at all, add more butter.
You can add more pecans, raisins, cranberries.
Delicious side dish for Thanksgiving!

Designate wine stemware with wine charms or a variety of wine glasses to eliminate guest confusion.

Relax, enjoy, and be grateful!

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving to You 
From Sharing the Wine!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Building Your Wine Glass Collection

Building Your Wine Glass Collection

If you are enjoying wine then you already have some collection of wine glasses.

Is it time to spice up your wine glasses with more variety?

A variety of wine glasses exists for a reason and your experience and perspective clearly adds to the choices in your collection.

Overthinking in this category is very common.

It is, of course, personal preference in what you like to collect to use or collect to display.

But the historic idea of drinking specific wine from its proper glass remains strong for many wine lovers.

A wine glass is designed to help visualize your chosen grapes, smell their intended aromas, and maximize the wine's flavors and purposeful taste.

Red wine glasses are going to have larger bowls to better swirl and allow you to stick your nose right into the glass.
Depending on your favorite red wines, your wine glass collection may include a variety of red wine glasses only.  
We recommend a set of Bordeaux wine glasses. You will appreciate these for your Merlot and Cabernets, and enjoy the versatility of these wine glasses with your Rieslings, Prosecco and dry whites too.
We think you will fall in love with a big bowled wine glass for your other favorite reds with a set of either Burgundy or Pinot Noir wine glasses. 
These are also versatile for Chardonnay lovers.

Stemmed wine glasses are still popular as they look sophisticated, you can keep the heat of your hand and fingerprints away from the bowl. Most vintage or collector's wine glasses are stemmed.
Non-traditional stemless wine glasses continue to grow in popularity for many reasons. They are much harder to knock over, they require less storage space, and you can find the same bowl size benefits for red and white wine.

If you are a lover of white wine, your choice can be simplified as a standard white wine glass will do just fine. 
White wine glasses have smaller shaped bowls and stand shorter than red wine glasses, but are highly versatile to use for other red, rose, sparkling and even dessert wines as well.
Those who enjoy more Sauvignon blanc or Rieslings will find white wine glasses with a smaller bowl will do.
Full-bodied wines like Viognier and Chardonnay will taste much better in a large bowled vessel.

Vintage glasses are absolutely gorgeous, but keep in mind that if they're made of metal, color, stains, or etchings, that may affect your tasting experience due to an impaired visibility of the wine. 

If a glass of champagne is about to be poured, what comes to mind is the flute of course, but there much are better options!  

You can appreciate your bubbly even more with a champagne wine glass, or simply use a white wine glass for maximum enjoyment of the intriguing celebratory sparkling wine. 

Our recommendation for collecting champagne flutes - you could easily skip these - unless their slim look is appealing to your eye. 
You know how often you serve sparkling wine or champagne.
A champagne glass in a tulip or coupe style will be a wonderful addition to your collection as well as enhance your palate's enjoyment.
Or use your white wine glasses you already have and save space and money.

Versatile wine glasses are appreciated.
Red, white, rose or sparkling...your wine glass does matter.
Experience your favorite wines in standard wine or specific wine glasses. 
You will appreciate the differences.

Building your own wine glass collection is part of the wine journey.