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Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Hello, fellow wine lovers. Did you know that National Drink Wine Day is in three days? That’s correct, February 18th is the day we celebrate the joy of drinking wine. Of course, you don’t have to only drink wine on this day; we think it’s the perfect day to highlight personalized wine accessories to add to your home bar. We recently got the most adorable personalized elephant corkscrew from Lazer Designs, which we’re completely enamored with and we think it’s a must-have. You can either get one for yourself or give it as a gift. It makes a great token of appreciation to the wine lover in your life.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Is this just too adorable and wouldn’t it make an excellent addition to your wine bar? Lazer Designs specializes in the custom engraving of high-quality products, like the above Kikkerland corkscrew. This handy wine key is more than just looks good and it’s a wine corkscrew/opener and bottle opener. It features a sturdy wooden panel that’s perfect for engraving, as you can see.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Lazer Designs offers a wide range of products. All of which can be customized with a name, design, favorite saying— almost anything, really! In honor of National Drink Wine Day, we’ll be concentrating on some of their wine accessory offerings. Of course, we love our Elephant Corkscrew, but for those who love fishing (or for a pescatarian who only drinks white wine), there the Fish Corkscrew; love a good bar display, you’ll love the Barrel 4-Piece Wine Tool Set, which includes a corkscrew with a knife, decanter, bottle Stopper, and foil cutter; wine glasses lovers will adore the 16oz Premium Stemmed Wine Glass or the 17oz Stemless White Wine Glass, both of which can be personalized how you want; lastly for those who don’t want a manual wine opener and want to get to your wine faster, the Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener is just what you need.

There are many more cool wine accessories you can personalize that will take you far beyond National Drink Wine Day.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We recently shared some great holiday gifts for the wine enthusiasts on your holiday gift list; we’re back with a few more gift options for the wine lovers on your list. These gifts will be obvious hits that both you and the wine lover on your list will enjoy for a long time. If you enjoyed our first round of wine gift ideas, then you’ll love these.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Today we bring you three additional holiday gifts for the wine lovers on your list from Aervana, Tervis Drinkware, and Winebars.

1. Aervana Essential One-touch Aeration, $59.95

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

The Aervana Essential is the newest addition to the Aervana one-touch aeration line. For those not familiar, Aervana is the first one-touch luxury wine aerator. Its newest addition, the Essential, provides the same amazing instant aeration for wines that need to breathe, in a fresh, contemporary format for everyday wine drinkers. Available in three distinct colors, warm and vibrant Saffron, fresh and modern Dusty Blue, or classic Glossy White, you’ll be ready for a night of wine at its best with one touch.

We also love the Aervana Essential because with every purchase of a Saffron or Dusty Blue Aervana Essential, $1 of your purchase will be donated to Food Lifeline, Aervana’s non-profit partner in the effort to end hunger.

2. Tervis Stainless Steel Slim Carafe & Tumbler

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We’re not telling you to break the law or anything but we have to share this discreet way to enjoy your favorite wine in public. To do so, look no further than Tervis Drinkware. Their 25oz slim carafe and 12oz stainless tumbler make the perfect discreet wine carafe and wine “glass”. The 25oz stainless slim carafe with lid, $24.99, holds one 750ml of your favorite beverage. The standard size for a bottle of wine is 750 ml. Coincidence? I think not. The slim carafe includes a leak-proof, insulated lid, and a quiet non-slip base. It will keep your favorite wine at the perfect temperature for 60 hours.

The 12oz Stainless Steel with slider lid, $24.99, is a double-walled tumbler that offers all the benefits of stainless steel. The Tumblers boast triple insulation to reduce condensation and keep your drink hot for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 15 hours. Its copper-lined 18/8 stainless steel construction is durable, and the material won’t retain tastes or odors. Lastly, it includes a BPA-free leak-resistant, easy-to-clean, and easy-close slider lid.

3. Winebars Versatile Wine Rack, $69.00/Set

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Not everyone has a home with a cellar to store their wines; this is where the versatile wine racks from Winebars come in handy. Winebars are like bookends for wine. You can quickly and easily stack your wines anywhere with these sleek-designed racks. Perfect for small kitchens and as an elegant display, these wine racks can be placed everywhere, even your refrigerator. Plus they are made from solid aluminum, so they get nice and chilly in the fridge. Whether they drink red or white, the wine lovers on your list will love these simple yet decorative wine racks. Get a set of two of the Romantic Red, Jet Black, or Natural Silver for $69.00 on www.winebars.com.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

Is there a wine enthusiast in your life? Do you always feel uneasy about gifting them a bottle of wine they will love? Why not save yourself from worry and get them a wine accessory they need this holiday season. You may not know how to pick the perfect wine but we’ll help you get the perfect wine gifts for that wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

They’ll love these must-have wine essentials from PureWine, Wine Condoms, ArT Wine Preserver, and Wine Accents. The best part, these gifts are so affordable, you may end up a wine enthusiast yourself. Let’s get to know these wonderful holiday gifts.

1. Wine Accents Wine Accessories Set, $50.00

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Must-Have Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast

These solid zinc wine accessories feature a titanium finish and are designed to last a lifetime. Each accessory has surprise features that alleviate common wine problems and maximize the function. Easily remove difficult corks, control the aeration into your wine, remove foil with a quarter wrist turn, and more. The Wine Accessories Set features a Corkscrew, Aerator, Foil Cutter, Drip Ring, and Silicone Spiral Wine Glass Charms.

  1. The corkscrew features extra-pointed tip screws that move into your wine cork like butter. A Cork claw that snags the toughest corks for an easy twist out and a discrete tool that instantly pops off bottle caps.
  2. An Aerator with a sure-grip handle eliminates accidents while you pour, controlling how much air mixes with your wine.
  3. A Foil Cutter with quad-cut wheels, a palm-grip shape that fits comfortably in your hand and removes foil with a quick turn of your wrist.
  4. The Drip Ring that fits slim to wide-necked 750 ml bottles to keep drips off of your table.
  5. Silicone Spiral Wine Glass Charms that come in a variety of colors to distinguish your guests’ glasses and add a comfortable grip to your wine glass stems.

2. ArT Wine Preserver, $14.99

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: ArT Wine Preserver

Gearing up for the holidays or hosting a socially distant party this year? Keep wine fresh for up to 30 days with this argon wine preserver! ArT Wine Preserver wants to change the wasteful drinking habit of swine going stale. It also promotes moderation drinking in a sustainable way. This made-in-the-USA, recyclable wine saver uses pure argon gas to displace oxygen into your wine. Argon gas is the preferred method by winemakers to prevent oxidation in wine as it’s a natural atmospheric gas that’s non-toxic and non-reactive. It makes the perfect wine preserver because it doesn’t react with your wine flavors or aromas, it simply displaces the oxygen. They are available in single cans and a 12pk on Amazon.

3./ 5. PureWine The Wave Single, $9.99 & PureWine The Wand 10-pk, $19.99

PureWine Wine Filters

Any wine enthusiast will thank you for providing magical PureWine Filters. Imagine no more headaches or other side effects that come after enjoying a glass of wine. Thanks to PureWine, you no longer have to suffer as it offers two unique filtration systems that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies without altering the flavor of your delicious red, white, and rose wines.

  1. The Wand does double duty as a by-the-glass purifier for the age-old and widespread problem of wine allergies; and an assortment of twist-off charms including hearts, lucky clovers, diamonds, and wine drops so you’ll never lose track of your glass again.
  2. The Wave is the only product available that purifies your wine by removing both histamines and sulfites from an entire bottle of wine.

4. Wine Condoms, $14.97/Set of 6

Wine & Beverage Bottle Stopper

Wine Condoms are the original innovators of the edgy wine bottle stopper. Packaged and applied like a condom, this spill-proof solution to storing an opened bottle of wine is the safest and most effective product for preventing unplanned spillage. Unlike corks or decorative stoppers, Wine Condoms seal flush with the rim for easier fridge shelf storage. Wine Condoms are made from 100% food-grade latex rubber and can be used more than once.

Whether they love red, white, or rose wines, the wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list will greatly appreciate any of these must-have wine gifts.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

How Can South Africa’s Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

There aren’t many industries left unaffected by the global spread of COVID-19 this year. With each affected industry is the many people who work within it and depend on its success for their livelihoods. Despite an increase in at-home drinking in the U.S. and Britain during the pandemic, the wine industry is among these affected industries. The restaurant and hospitality sectors were almost immediately impacted by the resulting lockdowns and quarantines from COVID-19. causing global wine sales to drop significantly.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

In the famous South African wine country, those in the industry have been struggling even more acutely with a total ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown and a temporary ban on wine exports. South Africa is the only country to have imposed such bans during the global pandemic.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

The controversial alcohol bans came in two waves. The first ban on the sale of alcohol began at the end of March and lasted for about nine weeks. For five of those weeks, wine exports were also banned. As about 50% of South Africa’s wine is exported in some of the 17 million shipping containers that circulate globally, this was a devastating blow to the industry. This initial ban was lifted on June 1, but President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated it on July 12 when COVID-19 rates began to rise again.

The purpose of these bans is to ease the burden on South Africa’s health services. So far, coronavirus has hit the country the hardest out of all nations on the African continent. The health systems in many areas of South Africa are on the verge of collapse.

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Officials hoped that the initial ban would reduce the number of injuries and accidents hospitals had to deal with if alcohol was out of the picture. With 1.25 million people dying in road crashes and an additional 20 to 50 million people sustaining injuries from traffic collisions around the world every year, removing a primary cause of these accidents could make sense. According to the South African health minister Zweli Mkhize, the government reinstated the ban after a study showed that when the alcohol restrictions were lifted facilities reported as much as a 60% increase in trauma emergency center admissions and up to a 200% increase in ICU trauma admissions. Mkhize also said that models showed that a ban on alcohol sales could result in a 20% decrease in all trauma cases and a 40% reduction of all alcohol-related trauma by the third week.

While the reasoning behind the ban is to ultimately save lives, the 290,000 people directly employed in the South African wine industry fear for their financial futures. There are 533 wineries operating in the country and 2,778 grape-growing farms. The worries over job losses in these businesses are not so different from the worries those in the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. are facing. Without the ability to produce and sell products, jobs are at risk.

“For the initial ban on both local sales and exports, we anticipated losses of up to 18,000 jobs. Depending on how long this new ban is in place, this figure is likely to double…With the initial lockdown, we estimated that up to 80 wineries could have to close their doors,” a spokesperson from the industry body Wines of South Africa (WOSA) said.

Many of those in the wine industry, and people in the hospitality industry as well, have taken to social media with the #JobsSaveLives campaign in an attempt to save their futures. The campaign urges Ramaphosa’s government to partially lift the ban and allow the sale of alcohol in sit-down restaurants. It also calls on the government to ease the 9 pm curfew that was imposed in July 2020.

The stand to save the wine and hospitality industries has even made the leap from virtual to tactile, as protesters have gone to the streets in cities across South Africa. They’re hoping that government leaders hear their voices and realize that the hundreds of thousands of people who work in these industries are going to suffer without some kind of help.

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Another social media campaign, identified with #SaveSAWine, is calling on wine drinkers around the world to help support the South African wine industry by purchasing and consuming their wine. As the eighth-largest wine producer in the world, the South African wine industry has an impact on the global wine industry. The country produced 974 million liters of wine in 2019, according to figures from WOSA.

For the sake of the global economy as well as the 40,000 grape farm and winery workers and their dependents, people around the world need to support the South African wine industry. Whether you show support by purchasing South African wine or raising awareness of the industry’s struggle through social media, you could be helping the thousands of families who depend on this industry to survive.

1000 Stories Wines: An Evening With Bob Blue And Red Wines

On a typical rainy Spring evening in New York, I was ushered to the back of Fine & Rare restaurant at 9 East 37th Street, to a grand table and intimately introduced to a wonderful collaboration of wine and spirit for the palette in the form of 1000 Stories Wines. On any night, a lot can be found nestled in the little nooks and crannies of the city streets. Delightful little eateries with locally-sourced specials, goodnight kisses had under the awnings of Old-World high-rises and the little peeks of west and eastside sky-line pushing their way through the dusky fog.

It was on such an evening in classic New York fashion that I found myself tucked behind a beautifully arranged table for sixteen at the wonderfully hidden restaurant.  The restaurant can usually be found offering up cool live jazz-infused acoustics to go with your pappardelle Bolognese and burrata heirloom tomato salad.

1000 Stories is a line of exquisite and well-executed wines that distinguish themselves from the lot as they are aged in whiskey barrels.  The fineness of the grape meets the distilled beauty of the whiskey in 1000 Stories Wines and creates broad flavor profiles that pull from the diversity of the loveliness of Zinfandel and Bordeaux grapes and merges them with the lingering and definitive essences of oaky, sweet and herbal whiskey.

On that evening, winemaker and co-founder of 1000 Stories Wines, Bob Blue gave a verbal soft-sell of how the brand came to be and then walked us through an exclusive tasting of the brand’s renowned line-up together with one of its latest, The Prospector’s Proof.

We started the pre-dinner tasting with a 2016 Zinfandel Batch 42, a peppery full rounded fruity wine then moved onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 52, a wine sourced from grapes all over the Californian Redwood and Sanel Valleys that carried a welcomed depth that grapes from this Mendocino Region are recognized for. Then onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 54 which was smoother yet carried a delightfully weighted depth while being soft and satisfying on the palette.  The 2017 Gold Rush Red was strong and full-bodied with its mélange of intense and bold grapes from the California Hills.

Finishing off the bunch was 2017 The Prospectors Proof Cabernet Sauvignon, another bold wine with the spiced pop of vanilla and fragrant herbs from the whiskey barrels. With each wine, it was important to note the presence of the grape characteristics and the presence of the whiskey attributes working together. With the lesser-bodied wines, the sharp higher tannin zinfandels in their various aged stages allowed hints of the whiskey notes to carry through more while the Gold Rush and Prospector’s Proof carried weights that created a harmonious intermingling of full flavor. Altogether, it was an evening of wine lessons that, when combined with better wine understandings, left us all with our favorites and a greater appreciation for brands like 1000 Stories Wines; brands that have found a way to make a wonderful staple even better. It was a delectable evening filled with continuous delights. We’ll end with some of the decadent desserts we enjoyed.

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Better With Age: Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine

Late last year, we were introduced to Sauvage Distillery‘s one of a kind sparkling wine from, Comsi Comsa Sparkling Apple Wine, and we’ve been addicted ever since. We didn’t think anything could top the delicious flavor of a perfectly chilled glass of our favorite sparkling apple wine until we were introduced to the latest from Sauvage, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine.

For anyone who’s enjoyed wine aged in oak barrels, you’ll know oak often softens the wine and smooths it out. In many cases, aging grape wines in oak barrels also improves the taste of the wine. So you can imagine what it does for an apple wine. Although we didn’t think Comsi Comsa could be any more delicious than it already is. We are happy to be proven wrong. The new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine is aged in French white oak barrels for a minimum of six months. The result is an apple wine with warm vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavor tones. It also boasts a wonderful oak nose reminiscent of a fine apple brandy.

Unlike their American counterparts, barrels made from French oak, mostly grown in five main forests in France, produce wines that are more subtle and spicy in taste. The wines aged in French oak barrels are said to produce wines with textures so smooth, they are often described as silk. And that is how we would describe the new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine. You’ll also love its long finish. Both its smoothness and lasting finish will keep you going back for more.

We enjoy this wine the most on the cool rainy days we’ve been having. There’s nothing more wonderful than relaxing at home with a glass or two of Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine while listening to the sound of rain gently hitting the windows. You won’t have to wait long to enjoy this limited edition wine, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine should be hitting stores any day now.

 

Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines | You Can Take it With You

Have you ever attended an event or party where the only alcohol they’re serving is exactly what you don’t drink? As Bloggers, we get invited to many things but a lot of the time it’s an alcohol-sponsored event, and if you’re like us, you do not like beer, whiskey, or gin. As lovers of wine, we were super excited to find out that something as wonderful as Zipz Wines exists. Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are amazing, premium, single-serve wines that you can enjoy indoors, outdoors and on the go, thanks to its innovative and non-traditional packaging.Zipz_AllVarietals

Zipz Wines is available in four varieties, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Grigio, and a 2011 Merlot, all of which come individually wrapped and covered in a patented Clean Wrap™ that keeps the wine fresh and the glass clean, making Zipz perfect for enjoyment anywhere.

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You may be thinking, “but what about the taste?” well, all four wines are absolutely delicious. The Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazelnut and cloves. This medium weight white wine boasts crisp citrus, melon, pear and crème Fraiche flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers varying aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with various layers of spice and a hint of herbs. A multi-layered, medium-bodied wine that boasts textures of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee, and vanilla. The deep, rich, ruby-colored Merlot features warm cherry aromas, accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee with flavors of black cherries and plums that are balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak. Last but certainly not least, the clean and crisp Pinot Grigio gets a bit tropical with both aroma and flavor.Notes of mango, pear, orange spice, lemongrass, and pineapple perfectly compliment the  flavors of tropical fruit, apples, pears, and a nice orange citrus note that is balanced with minerality and a wonderful round finish.

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How portable are Zipz Wines and where did they go with us? We took it to our front porch, the racetrack, and a friend’s house, traveling with ease in our handbag with no fear of spillage. Another key note is you can securely reseal your Zipz wine to save it for later without spilling a drop or having your wine get stale. You can’t tilt a half full, regular glass of wine without losing the contents.

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Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are currently available in several states or you can just buy it online at Zipz Wine or Amazon.com. A case of Zipz Wines comes with 12 glasses and retails for $39.99, that’s less than $3.50 a glass. That alone is a reason to raise a glass and toast to this innovation and non-traditional creation.