It may not seem like it now, but soon there will come a day when the sun is shining, and outside activities are but a picnic basket away. When it comes to serving certain wines, temperature makes all the difference, but it can be difficult to mix a fun day spent outdoors with a perfectly chilled wine. Advanced planning is usually essential, involving the forethought to place equipment in the freezer, such as gel packs or even bulky contrivances.
Every grilling party suffers from it at least once: dry, flavorless meat that has been either overcooked or otherwise improperly prepared. It can happen when least expected. A little distraction--of which parties naturally provide--and meat can go from succulent to cinder in the blink of an eye. Because grilling can at times be tricky, an ounce of prevention (or in this case 12 ounces) can be worth a pound of cure deliciousness. And if that little bit of forethought makes for a better-tasting, juicier steak, well I'm all for it.
If you are looking for an operating system that offers the best values, none can compare to Linux.
First of all, it's free. Most Linux distributions can be downloaded gratis from the developers' Web site and you can install it on however many computers you want. Secondly, it comes with a lot of things, such as office tools (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation), audio and video playback, Internet and e-mail, instant messaging, and so on. Basically everything a general user would want to use with a computer is there when the installation is done. For those applications that are not … Read more
Wine is best enjoyed when it is shared among family and friends. However, the wine experience itself can be improved upon simply by having a bottle (or more) at the ready. After all, nobody is going to want to go on a wine run when the fun is just starting. Add to that the fact that chances are the wine will need to be chilled, and suddenly it becomes apparent that a little forethought goes a long way. However, having wine chilled and ready to drink can be bothersome, clumsy, ineffective and most importantly, space-challenged. That is, unless you have … Read more
Tablecloths, carpets, clothing--red wine can leave stains anywhere it's spilled. The Wine Away Spray Stain Remover can clean up those stains and, since the kit is small enough to fit in a purse or a pocket, you can have it on hand whenever you need it, even if you're out to dinner. The kit's tin contains three mini spray bottles. An individual, purse-size bottle is also available. The spray can instantly remove stains from clothing and carpets, leaving a citrus scent behind. Rather than harsh chemicals, the cleaner is made from water and fruit and vegetable extracts. … Read more
While there are some fancy wine bottles out there, decanting your wine into the right carafe can make a statement. The Rocking Carafe, made by Sagaform, definitely falls into that category: it's a hand-blown glass carafe that can rock back and forth while you appreciate you wine. As long as the carafe is set on its accompanying silicone stand, it won't tip over or roll away. There's a reason behind the style incorporating a unique, rounded base, rather than a flat base, though. The large base allows for maximum wine oxygenation, while the neck is designed to … Read more
For every wine, there is a perfect drinking temperature. However, most wines are actually stored at a temperature below that point. The Kalorik Tabletop Wine Cooler lets you keep your wine at the correct temperature and still have it on the table. The wine cooler has two chambers that let you chill two bottles at once. Standard wine bottles fit in both chambers and can be controlled separately. If, for instance, you have a bottle of red in one chamber and a bottle of white in the other, you can chill them both to the ideal temperature for their specific … Read more
Neil Cohen designed the Eclipse Wine Rack by joining together two curves: one from Nambé Alloy, the signature metal of the company selling the wine rack, and the other from acacia wood. The two combine into an elegant show piece that just happens to be able to hold three bottles of wine. The wine is held by the neck of the bottle, creating an illusion that the bottles are defying gravity. The Eclipse Wine Rack measures about 9 inches by 10.5 inches by 11 inches--it could be used as a centerpiece just as easily as it can grace … Read more
Amazon.com is apparently shelving its planned effort to sell wine online.
A little more than a year after word of the effort trickled out, a senior Amazon account manager told wineries about the decision to cork it in an e-mail last week.
"As you know, we were excited to work with you to build the AmazonWine business," Dini Rao said in an e-mail first reported by WineBusiness.com. "For that reason, this was a very tough choice for us. Many of you took the time and leap of faith to really support us."
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Eric Schmidt, I blame you.
Right as you announce that you're holding your third-quarter earnings call from atop a treasure chest made of sustainably-harvested teak filled with $22 billion in gold doubloons (okay, so maybe I'm being a bit imaginative there), a smattering of prominent folks in the dot-com industry start coming out of the woodwork with ideas that would've sounded absolutely ludicrous a few months ago. Namely, they're getting into the booze business.