WINE: The New Wine Bottle-Decanter

Turn this bottle-decanter combo on its side and it turns into a long-neck decanter that oxygenates the wine. Photo courtesy Cantine Ceci. Congratulazioni to the designers at Cantine Ceci in Torrile, Italy (outside Parma). Their patented wine bottle innovation, “Decanta 68.2” has won an award at the International Packaging Competition at Vinitaly 2010. It will…
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ENTERTAINING: Wines For St. Patrick’s Day

Pinot Blanc with corned beef and cabbage? Who knew? Wine available from/photo courtesy of EnglewoodWineMerchants.com. Pondering what to serve with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner? We’ve combined tips from Natalie McLean, James Beard award-winning writer of Nat Decants, with our own recommendations: COCKTAILS Irish whiskey cocktails -or- Irish Beers (you can serve the beers throughout…
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FOOD EVENT: Rhone Wine Tasting In San Francisco

Caliza Syrah will be at the Grand Tasting. Photo courtesy CalizaWinery.com. Are you a lover of Rhone wines? How about Rhones from the U.S.A.? California wineries have found great success planting Syrah, Viognier and other classic Rhone grapes. The Rhone Rangers will convene in San Francisco on March 27th and 28th for the thirteenth consecutive…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Oscar Party Tasting

Instead of generic “wine and cheese,” serve different wines (or beers) in the same category and turn your event into a “tasting.” Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Last week we proposed 10 “Best Picture Cocktails” as party fare for your Oscar party. But what if your friends prefer wine or beer? Instead of making…
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RECIPE: Chocolate Cabernet Bundt Cake

Wine and chocolate are a great pairing. But we never saw them together in a cake until this recipe, the grand prize winner in the first Bundts Across America contest in 2008. The Chocolate Cabernet Flavors Di ‘Vine’ Wine Cake is a creative combination of chocolate devil’s food cake, black cherry gelatin and a cup…
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