September 29th, 2015 — DIY Wine Racks
A pitcher of red or white sangria is always a must-have for gatherings at home, but have you ever considered spicing up your favorite mix for fall? Enjoy these fall sangria recipes and storage tips.
Whether you’re having parents over while kids trick-or-treat, a Sunday football game, or if you’re planning ahead for your Thanksgiving Day feast, sangria is a great way to please a crowd. The first thing you need is a quality, glass pitcher. When making sangria, you need to pop the mixture in the fridge and allow it to sit for at least an hour so all the flavors can blend. Plastic is too porous and can hold on to past flavors, compromising your fresh mix.
- Carafes: These slim, easy to use pitchers are perfect for small get-togethers. The Fontana Carafe is made with heat resistant glass, perfect for both cold and warm drinks. The fitted lid is spill-proof and only dispenses liquid. That means fruit and other ingredients remain in the pitcher and do not splash around when pouring drinks. Similarly, the Aqua Carafe has a spill-prof lid and a strong, double-walled base.
- Dispensers: Expecting more people? Go the dispenser route. This glass Beverage Server holds up to 110 ounces. Plus, the handy spigot makes it super easy for guests to refill their own glasses without making a mess. The mixture tends to sit longer too, just adding more flavor. A cute chalkboard label and included chalk makes it easy to label this pitcher if you perhaps have more than one — it’s especially handy if one drink is alcoholic and the other isn’t.
- Infusing pitchers: Pitchers like the Water Jug with Infuser are great too — especially if you like to do more than just mix sangria. This model in particular comes with multiple inserts for tea, infusing, ice and more. This pitcher is so great for sangria because you can infuse red or white wine with fresh fruit and easily remove it. The plastic lid also has a helpful pouring handle and the glass body holds up to 60 fluid ounces.
Caramel apple sangria
1 bottle white wine (i.e. pinot grigio)
2 cups cider, sparkling or still
about 3 apples, sliced or cubed; try to use a different mix
1/4 – 1/3 cup caramel syrup
3 cinnamon sticks if desired
- Alternative: Not feeling the caramel? Go for maple syrup instead and add some club soda in lieu of the cider.
Cinnamon pear sangria
1 bottle red wine (i.e. pinot noir)
2-3 cups of apple cider
about 3 pears, sliced or cubed
3 cinnamon sticks
- Alternative: Use apples instead if you don’t like pears.
September 8th, 2015 — DIY Wine Racks
Since their introduction into the modern world, stemless wine glasses have taken hits from traditionalists.
Today these simplistic vessels have earned their keep in the casual drinking community, and for many reasons. These sleek alternative drinking glasses are accepted by many thanks to their easy-to-store design, durable construction and more. Consider stemless wine glasses because:
- Storage: Stemless wine glasses are much easier to fit in kitchen cabinets or dry bars – they can even be stacked to conserve space. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe!
- Durability: There’s not way around it, stems are fragile. The stemless variation are much more durable and super easy to transport, whether you’re moving or packing a simple picnic.
- Casual: The less formal design of stemless wine glasses lends itself to a laid back, relaxed environment. The simple design is welcoming to guests and is a better fit for every day events.
Red wine glasses and white wine glasses both come in stemless designs. Many say the stemless glasses are better for red wines because the heat from your hands transfers to the glass more easily without a stem; white wines require more chilling and are affected more by this heat. But you can easily use a stemless wine glass for either. For best results, always be sure to set the glass down when not drinking. Plus, you can still swirl to aerate and enhance flavors.
Still not sold? Why not pop a bottle and try a stemless glass for yourself!
Find these products and more at StacksandStacks.com.
August 27th, 2015 — Modular Wine Storage
If you area regular wine drinker, seriously consider investing in a quality wine cooler fridge. There are loads of benefits to keeping your favorite reds, whites and blends at the right temperature. Here are a few:
- Environment: Wine coolers create the perfect temperature, humidity control, stability and exclusiveness that allows wine to maintain freshness and the utmost quality over time.
- Money: Wine coolers are less expensive compared to wine cellars or an additional refrigerator. Plus, the costs of upkeep and use are significantly less than that of a fridge.
- Different wines, different temperatures: Types wines call for varying temperatures for keeping. Sparkling wine should be kept at 45 to 48 degrees; lights whites at 45 to 50 degrees; full bodies whites at 50 to 55 degrees; light reds at 55 to 60 degrees; and full bodied reds at 60 to 65 degrees.
- Alternative uses: This smaller fridges are the perfect environment for other things in your kitchen too, including: water (sparking or still), fruit, cheese, chocolate, olive oil and more.
- Chilled glasses: What more do I need to say? Chilled glasses are an excellent addition to any type of wine.
If you’re just starting out, begin small. The Six Bottle Wine Refrigerator is the perfect choice for moderate drinkers or beginners. This counter top cooler has two chrome shelves, designed to hold bottles securely. This stylish black cooler has a stainless front door with a dual-panned glass panel for better insulation and UV protection. Built with an eco-friendly thermoelectric cooling system, this wine fridge is a guilt-less choice. Digital display and push button controls are user friendly.
Find this product and more like it at StacksandStacks.com.