Wine Canoe: maybe not sea worthy, but design worthy

I’m sorry but this:

canoeIS ADORABLE!

Hello, wine canoe! Would it be ridiculous for me to buy a lake cabin just so I can have you in my home??? Okay you’re right, that would be weird. I can’t help it though, I love the Canoe Wine Shelf by Old Modern Handicraft. First of all, the woodwork looks to be impeccable. And even if you don’t perceive it as a canoe at first, it still has a gorgeous arch design. Perfect for breaking up a boxy space with boring right angles.

The fact of the matter is that you do not actually have to live in a lakeside cabin to have a piece of that romance in your home. The only thing that would make it more perfect, if you could actually go boating on the wine canoe. HA! But, that could be a bad thing too, especially if you love wine as much as I do.

A Home for Your Favorite Wine Glasses

Some may not put as much thought as I do into what kind of glass to drink wine from, but when it comes to wine it’s all about engaging all the senses, not just taste. 

Balloon style wine glasses are a very popular way to serve red wine because of their ability to hold a large volume, and their design is thought to help with aeration.  I personally believe in this, and as a frequent wine drinker, I find the balloon wine glass provides a more rounded experience in tasting.  Plus, they look modern and cool, and they feel good and hearty in your hand.

Because I love to entertain, I own a lot of wine glasses. I only keep a few in the cabinet at a time and I like to store the rest so they don’t get dusty or risk falling off the shelf and breaking.

balloonwineI store mine in a stemware storage chest for balloon style wine glasses.  Most importantly, the wine glass storage chest is very sturdy and has cardboard dividers so I can store my stemware without any worry that they’ll break.  I also really appreciate that the stemware chest has handles for easy lifting (which is important if you’re trying to avoid an accident resulting in broken glass) and the lid comes off all the way for easy loading and unloading of the glasses.  The window is handy because I have two glassware chests and the other has other kinds of wine and beverage glasses, so I can tell which one has my beloved balloon style glasses.

The tan fabric exterior and brown piping is a nice touch.  I keep my wine glass storage chests in the garage, but if I were to keep them somewhere in the house I would really appreciate that the box is not unsightly.  I would recommend this particular to stemware chest to anyone who has collection of glassware, because I’m pretty sure it’s the best you can find!

Throw a Fall Wine Party

I know, it’s still a little early but everyday it feels like fall is just around the corner!

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  Whenever we get that first blustery day with clouds in the sky and leaves falling from the trees… I cannot contain my excitement.  First of all, it means the weather is finally cooling off. It also means the holidays are coming which means spending time with loved ones and having cozy nights by the fireplace.  I can’t wait to pull out the snuggly throw blankets and shop for sweaters and scarves.

fallwineI associate wine with this time of the year, more than any.  I mean don’t get me wrong, any time of year is a good time for wine, but there’s something about autumn changes that go so perfectly with a rich, spicy red.  And it’s a beautiful time of the year to visit wine country.  Especially if you don’t like the changes fall brings, take a trip to wine country and I guarantee it will lift your spirits!

One of my favorite ways to kick of the season is by throwing a wine event at home.  The first thing you need to do is pick your wines, as they are the leading roles.  Make sure to have a good variety, while sticking with the fall theme.  If the weather is cold, don’t be afraid to go heavy and rich.  Then, design your menu around the wine.  For these kinds of events, I don’t usually serve a full mean but a buffet of appetizers.

For anyone who likes to entertain with wine, a good wine bar is necessary.  Decorate it with sophisticate fall decor essentials.  Think woodsy, cozy and natural but still refined and mature (absolutely no plastic pumpkins folks, we’re grownups).  Of course, your guests are the icing on the cake.  After all, this time of year is about celebration and connecting with the ones we love.