Check out what the newest technology offers for the modern wine lover (just in time for Christmas!):
This is a wine cap that, once snapped to the bottle, aerates your wine instantly as you pour it into the glass. The decanter gives your wine the taste it was meant to have, aged and smoother than when you first open the bottle, adding “value” to inexpensive brands. For only $25, you can make any wine a “fine wine” without having to wait for an electronic aerator. Drink with style and convenience.
This pump efficiently reseals opened wine bottles with a rubber stopper. The pump extracts air from the opened bottle, which oxidizes the wine and keeps it fresh for an additional 7-10 days. The rubber stopper also seals the bottle completely, allowing easy horizontal storage in the fridge or wine rack. For just $20, you can extend your bottle’s life and save your refrigerator or floor from an unnecessary a mess!
Friday, October 11th
Shadow Room Fridays
Absolute Addiction's weekly party at Shadow Room is hot and happening. The party is Member's Only, but it's easy (and free) to sign up for membership and get your name on the guest list. Admission is free with an RSVP. 10 PM-3 AM.
2131 K Street NW, Washington DC, 20037
Ladies Night at Ultrabar
911 F St. NW Washington DC 20004.
With the recent popularity of Tapas and wine bars, Spanish food has enjoyed some time in the culinary spotlight. That popularity is well-warranted; Spain’s rich cultural history has lent its food culture a complex, nuanced palate. Food in the Iberian Peninsula has been influenced by other cultures (sauces from the Phoenicians, olives from the Romans, and citrus fruits, saffron, almonds, and rice from the Moors), as well as its physical geography. Being surrounded by water has made seafood a Spanish staple, and the diverse inland terrain provides for a wide variety of fresh products. From the high mountain altitudes where famous Spanish ham is cured to the nutrient rich soils of the lowland where vineyards and olive orchards thrive, Spain has an excellent culinary culture that's worth exploring.
The words ‘wine’ and ‘straitjacket’ should never be used in a sentence together, but we’re willing to make an exception for this. Creative agency Lola Madrid designed a white fabric label for wine that resembles a straitjacket! Vino Loco, or “Crazy Wine” comes wrapped and packed in a large, white padded box and holds three bottles. The packaging design was created to simulate a cell in a mental institution and has the taste of your standard glass of red wine. However, Vino Loco is one of many innovative designs as far as wine goes. Check out some of these wacky sleeves from other companies below. Anybody thirsty?
Who doesn't like to enjoy some wine while getting a taste of what another country has to offer? On April 17th, The Wines of Argentina, Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and the Consulate General in New York will host the 3rd Annual World Malbec Day, celebrating the iconic wines from Argentina.
The worldwide celebration will have events happening throughout New York, London, Los Angeles, and other big cities. Events will include wine tastings, tango performances, and a Malbec crush. New York will be hosting an invitation-only gala and tasting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will have wine industry executives, experts, and aficionados in attendance.
For the true epicurean, there are few finer things in life than pairing good food, good music, and and good wine. In South Florida, we can add beautiful weather to that trinity. Starting tomorrow, February 21st, the B Ocean hotel’s B’stro on the Beach is partnering with the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for their monthly Concerts Under the Stars on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Begin the evening with a selection of cheese, charcuterie and wine at B’stro while gazing upon the Atlantic Ocean only steps. Then stroll over to the historic Bonnet House for an outdoor concert on the veranda while enjoying complimentary wine, dessert, and coffee.
We're feeling the holiday crunch and sometimes mustering up the time to get gifts between work and play can get hectic. But, don't feel bad if you still haven't started your holiday shopping...you aren't the only one! From foodies to tech geeks all the way to your most fashionable friend, we've got options to cover your bases. Check out some last minute gift ideas below, and get shopping before it all sells out!
For everyone out there who just purchased the new iPhone 5, there's a unique case out there just for you. Zazzle.com has a huge selection of fun and funny cases to match your personality, like this fun Moustache case ($39.95).
Velvet Palate is a new and unique wine sale website that offers limited quantity, handcrafted wines from small-production winemakers, allowing its customers access to many hard to find wines. Sign up for their free membership to receive significant savings on online sales that last anywhere from four to six days and would make an optimal gift for anyone on your holiday list.
Velvet Palate offers select sales in the 'cellar,' which lengthens their availability on the website for up to two weeks, giving members an extra chance to take advantage of sales. The site also offers gift packages that feature four or five wines, each with a theme such as sparkling, international, organic, and more and range from $55 to $150. There are also free shipping opportunities each month with no minimum purchase requirement, so be on the lookout for those offers!
Portugal, perhaps most famous for Port and Madeira and the ever useful cork, which comes from the native cork oak tree, is actually one of the oldest, most storied wine growing countries in the world. In recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the still wines of Portugal and a concerted effort to increase public awareness of the quality wines this country produces. One of the most prestigious growing regions in Portugal is the Tejo region. This area takes its name from the river Tagus, which flows through the Ribetejo Province and provides the region with its diversity in terroir and climate. There has been a total overhaul of the business model in this region and no longer are producers trying to make vast quantities for export; they are, instead, focusing on better farming practices, smaller yields, and less intervention in the wine making process.