Wine glass drying rack makes entertaining easy

The holidays are the perfect time to pop the cork and enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends or family. My bar ware tends to see most of its action during the holidays and the cleaning is always the worst part.

I feel like no matter what I do my favorite wine glasses always end up with water spots. I leave them upside to dry, towel dry them… but there are always smudges. And once they are clean and put away, they collect dust on my dry bar and look a mess. Hand washing and drying delicate stemmed wine glasses is a difficult task for clumsy people like me. So image my delight when this awesome wine glass drying rack passed through my office.  All these problems and more are solved.

This sturdy, steel organizer features three prongs that can hold up to six large wine glasses. Whether you’re searching for an easy way to clean or store your stemware, this rack is a great addition. The bottom rack is made from rubberized plastic, perfect for storing on your kitchen counter top or inside cabinets. The strong wire prongs snap into place for a reliable hold.

This rack is designed so that wine glasses slid in upside down. This way, stemware can air dry without spots from trapped water droplets, or can be stored without collecting dust inside the bowl of the glass. The bottom tray has a raised lip to contain water and allow proper air flow for quick drying. The dark gray color is sure to blend in with any kitchen decor and compliment any home bar.

So break out the stemware and your favorite bottle for guests without worrying about making a cloudy, smudged or dusty impression.

Red wine hot chocolate makes the problems melt away

Sometimes a stressful day calls for taking the wine down off the rack. Sometimes it calls for chocolate. And sometimes it calls for both.

This decadent recipe is perfect for unwinding on a cold. gloomy weekend — or makes for a great after meal drink for dinner guests.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cup milk (You can use regular cow’s milk or go dairy-free with almond, soy, coconut, hemp — whatever makes you happy)
1 cup red wine (your choice)
1/3 dark chocolate, roughly chopped (you can use chips too — but avoid opting for powder)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add milk and chocolate. Whisk slowly until combined. Then pour in your wine and continue to stir until everything is nice and hot. That’s it! Simple. This recipe can fill about two large mugs, but the rich flavor is great for sipping so you can share it with up to six people if you opt for smaller portions.

What’s in your decanter? Fall sangria recipes

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.

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