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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Diet-Friendly Wines To Try Out

September 16th, 2020

Can you have your usual glass of wine even when you’re trying to cut down on the calories? Fear not, because you certainly can! There are actually diet-friendly wines out there for us calorie-conscious wine lovers. So you don’t need to sacrifice that happiness in a bottle:

Diet-friendly wines for you!

Credits by: Sarah Stierch


Calorie-friendly reds…

You don’t need to sit back and state enviously at family or friends boozing it out with their favorite reds. There are calorie-friendly red wines that will satisfy your palate without busting your waistline. We recommend sticking to merlot, pinot noir, or rosé. Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, broke down the calorie count on these reds. She said they each contain about 88 calories, 3 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar per glass. That being said, avoid marsala and sherry if you are looking to lose weight. Those glasses are loaded with 164 calories, 14 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Diet-friendly whites

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Choosing your whites well…

Now let’s move on to the whites. You’d want to get acquainted with the lighter white wines to work with your weight loss program. Diet-friendly ones include chardonnay, white zinfandel, or sauvignon blanc. Expert studies show that these are all under 85 calories, with 2.6 grams carbs and 1 gram of sugar per glass. Stay clear of sweet dessert wines like riesling or moscato. These are the real killers because of their calorie, sugar and carb contents. Each glass contains about 160 calories or more, 12 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Sugar-free sparkling, proseco & champagne…

Ever heard of sugar-free sparkling wines? There’s also the sugar-free champagnes, prosecco, and cavas. But not everyone is well-informed about them. A little digging around helps a lot! You’ll be able to unearth a niche collection of bone-dry vinos that go by a few different names. “Zero dosage”, “brut nature” and “pas dose” will all contain less than 3g of residual sugar per litre. Note that some can be particularly great as an aperitif or with seafood. You get that crisp, refreshing taste with just the right level of mouth-watering acidity. Others might be a bit harsh on the palate, so choose carefully. Check out those that are labeled extra brut. They usually contain a maximum of 6g of sugar. While still a very dry style, you’ll often find a bit more complexity in these. Plus compared with the sugar in a regular brut which is around 9-12g, they’re obviously more diet-friendly. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Happy International Cabernet Day!

September 2nd, 2020

Happy International Cabernet Day, wine lovers! What are you planning to pour to celebrate this happy occasion? As a toast to all Cabernet fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of our top faves, along with some food pairings. You might want to try these over the holiday weekend:

Celebrate International Cabernet Day!

Credits by: Brett Jordan

Skip the filet mignon…

When we talk about Cabernet Sauvignon food pairing, steak is usually the first that comes to mind. Filet mignon is a top choice, although admittedly a bit pricey. But lamb is also another food pairing to explore. It’s also a popular dish to serve alongside Cab Sauv. We recommend spicing things up a little with an exotic blend of Mediterranean meets middle eastern flavors with a Moroccan tagine. Try the traditional lamb roast with a sprinkle of rosemary.

Braised beef anyone…

When we talk about celebrating International Cabernet Day with food pairings, it’s not exclusive to drinking from the glass. You can also include the wine in the dish itself. Your palate will thank you for adding a splash of Cab Sauv into your slow-braised beef. Just imagine the richness of the sauce! It’s going to be a taste sensation worthy of the celebration.

Gotta have some veggies…

Make sure you balance out your menu with some veggies on the side. Vegetables can also bring out the best flavors in Cab Sauv. Try serving up some thyme roasted mushrooms with polenta. This is one of our absolute favorites! The earthiness of mushrooms and herbs come together for a total palate pleaser with the wine. We suggest using a variety of mushrooms for a real gastronomic experience. Pile it on your soft, steaming polenta and top up that wine glass!

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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Celebrating Red Wine Day

August 26th, 2020

Every day is a good time for red wine, don’t you agree? But this weekend, it will be an even better time to pour your reds.  August 28 is National Red Wine Day and we’re down for the celebrations! Of course, we’re going to do it in a safe way but without compromising on the fun. So let’s talk about how we can enjoy our favorite reds even more. Forget about the stuffy rules about how and when to drink that Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. Grab your nicest wineglass and let’s start pouring!

Celebrate National Red Wine Day!

What temperature is the best temperature?

We’ve heard tons of opinions being thrown left and right by experts, winos, and even those who are new to the wine tasting game on the “best temperature” for reds. When you talk of red wines, that would include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, and blends like shiraz. They actually don’t always have to rest at a  temperature of between 65-70 degrees before you can enjoy a glass.  Some experts opine that it’s perfectly acceptable to refrigerate red wines and drink them cold. This definitely works especially during summer months. With the scorching hot weather, it’s ok to bend the rules a little. Celebrate National Red Wine Day with that literally cool glass of red!

Fill your plate & please your palate!

Make National Red Wine Day an event to remember by filling your plate and pleasing your palate. Don’t be bound by “rules” because you CAN be adventurous with your wine and good pairings. But also make sure that you still have that gastronomic balance.  Light red wines can go nicely with poultry. Heavier and bolder reds taste better with beef or cured meats. But you can also try pairing rich seafood such as crab with a light red wine! The same goes for pasta. But we recommend avoiding green beans, brussels sprouts, and asparagus as these don’t really go down well with reds.

Incorporate red wine into your cooking!

Who says you need to drink red wine straight from the glass to celebrate National Red Wine Day? There are other ways to enjoy like incorporating this delightful taste teaser into your cooking. Meat & steaks taste amazing when seasoned with red wine. You should also try making some red wine bruschetta pasta. The bottom line here is to experience the different flavors red wine can bring. So what better way to do this than getting creative and having fun! ^_^








Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Picks For Summer Picnics

July 22nd, 2020

The summer vibes is in full swing! It’s time to go outside and soak in that sun as much as you can. The great thing about the outdoors life is that you don’t need to go that far to enjoy it. Whether it’s in your backyard or the local park or the mountains or beach, the fun factor is always there. And of course, what will the outdoors life be without picnics! Forget the overcrowded tourist spots and enjoy the good life with these wine picks for your summer picnics:

Wine picks for summer picnics

Credits to: Brett Jordan

Crisp & delicious whites…

Dry and crisp herbal wines really bring out the summer flavors. They work so well with just about any kind of food. That’s why they’re top on the list of wines that you should consider for your summer picnic outings. We also love some Chenin Blanc, and good, old Pinot Grigio. They are bright, acidic, and chock full of citrus flavors. If you’re planning on a barbecue picnic, these lighter white wines will be refreshing on the palate.

Light bodied reds for summer picnics

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Light bodied & tasty reds…

One of the unwritten rules about picnic wines is that you should not let these overpower your food. Pick wines that will enhance your food choices and make the gastronomic experience even more enjoyable. We recommend leaning towards wines that are not heavy or brooding, but lighter and with less alcohol. At the top of our list would be Pinot Noir, Gamay and Beaujolais. These light-bodied red wines are perfect with charcuterie – think if those grazing boards – and cold cuts. Keep in mind, though, that these wines won’t taste good if they get too warm. Make sure you put then in the cooler. Allow the bottles to sit for about ten minutes after taking them out before pouring.

Floral Rosé or blush wines…

If some of the people in your picnic group aren’t heavy or even regular drinkers, you’ll need to pull out a versatile wine out of your hat (or cooler!). Rosé or blush wines with light, almost floral flavors are a smart choice. That’s because they are very versatile and will be perfect for those who aren’t really into the wine drinking activity. We recommend serving Rosé wines chilled, just like your whites. These lightly acidic wines feature light but delicious fruit flavors pair so well with cheese and crackers, seafood, and salads. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: All About Madeira, America’s First Wine

July 8th, 2020

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How well do we know our very own American wines? There are tons of them, obviously, but do we know what was the first wine our great country produced? Let’s learn about this together!

Usually, we’d choose wines that we like or are known to us. But as Americans, we should definitely get acquainted with the wine that started it all: Madeira. The fact is, Madeira is living history. So as both wine lovers and citizens of the good old US of A, we do have an obligation to know more about it. Madeira actually has a unique connection to July 4, 1776. Anecdotes say that it was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But if there’s any record of what the Signers drank that day, we haven’t seen it. Nonetheless, it was already “known” which cements its existence in the country’s history.

Now it should be pointed out that not everyone could afford to drink Madeira before. “In 1776, it was on the verge of becoming the English-speaking world’s most expensive and exclusive wine. From Britain to its farthest-flung colonies in America and the Far East, Madeira was seen as the wine of wealth and discernment.” It was seen as a luxury item which only those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth can afford to drink.

Because of the expensive price tag, connoisseurs sought to develop special relationships with the producers of this wine. They ordered Madeira by the barrel, often to exacting standards. Madeiras that had first been to the East or West Indies were particularly coveted. The longer they stayed, the more valuable they became. In fact, the famous auction house Christie’s most successful early auctions were of the Madeiras of sea captains who had just returned from the Indies with their prized wines.

There was also aspecial affinity between Americans and Madeira. Madeira was established in the early 1700s as the wine of the North American Colonies. This is owing to special tax and legal treatment. By 1776 Americans identified themselves as Madeira drinkers. No doubt about it, it was indeed the country’s first wine.

Here’s another historical anecdote to remember about this wine. It relates to the 1803 dinner in New Orleans that celebrated the ratification of the Louisiana Purchase by France, Spain, and the U.S. When the usual series of toasts came around, the ministers of each country were honored in series by being toasted with their country’s wine: France with Champagne, Spain with Malaga, and the United States with Madeira. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Bottle Crafts for 4th of July

July 1st, 2020

Fourth of July celebrations might look a little different this year, but the fun factor definitely won’t be. We can enjoy the festivities in a safe way and even be creative about it. For wine lovers, here’s an activity you need to try out: wine bottle crafts! We’re pretty sure you guys will have several empty wine bottles lying around at home. Here are some of the ways you can dress them up and use them for your July 4th celebration:

Wine bottle crafts for July 4th festivities

Frosted ombre wine bottles

Frost paint is super attractive and a lot of fun to work with. But instead of just frosted wine bottles, you can add a little twist and give them an ombre look. The materials to make them are pretty simple: empty wine bottle, rubbing alcohol, lint-free cloth, frosted glass paint in two different colors, and cosmetic sponge. Start at the bottom of the glass with turquoise and apply lightly with cosmetic sponge.  At the point you want to shift to a lighter shade of turquoise, mix white frost with turquoise and continue up the glass.  Tiki Torch wine bottle craftsUse white on the top segment.  Let that dry for 30 minutes or more. Go over entire bottle with light layer of white frost.  This ties the layers in together better, making for a more subtle gradient effect.

Funky DIY Tiki torches

Here’s a terrific alternative to fireworks this 4th of July: funky, DIY Tiki torches! You can make several of these and set them up in your garden or balcony. It’s pretty easy to do. You’ll need 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling, a Tiki replacement wick, Nylon thread seal tape, and empty wine bottles. Also make sure to have some Citronella torch fuel handy. Start by wrapping the pipe wrap around the copper reducer many times. Next, insert the wick into the reducer. Fill the bottle with Citronella and insert wick. Make sure to let the oil be absorbed into the wick before lighting. These torches will help keep away pesky mosquitoes, too!

Summery floral centerpieces

Nothing says “summer” than beautiful, floral centerpieces. Your 4th of July dinner table will look so festive yet sweet with these wine bottle crafts. And since we’re a fan of the shabby chic theme, we had to put this one out. First, rub the wine bottles with alcohol to make sure they are nice and clean. Then, add a glass primer and let dry. Next, paint the bottles with acrylic paint and varnish. Use some floral printed paper napkins and attach them to the bottles with mod podge. You can use a different design for each bottle. Then add some textured stencils and lace. Lastly, sand the texture paste and varnish again. Voila – dainty and summery centerpieces! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ways To Protect Your Wine Bottles

May 20th, 2020

Whether you’re on the road or going hiking or camping, you’ll need to know how to protect your wine bottles. There are some pretty neat accessories that can help you out. If you haven’t tried them out yet, we recommend that you should. Here are some of the ways to protect your wine bottles:

Ways to protect your wine bottles

When bringing wine in your luggage…

If you’re going to be putting wine in your luggage, the safest way is to use a suitcase specifically designed for it. There are suitcases lined with foam inserts that can firmly hold the bottles in place. The slots are deep so the bottles can fit without bumps showing. However, you’ll need to make sure that each bottle is stored snugly. Put in additional foam or Styrofoam to keep the bottles from moving. Now if you only need to bring a bottle or two, a wine sleeve will do the job. These reusable protectors pack easily. They can help prevent breaks, as well as contain the spill if the worst happens.

Bring your favorite wine bottle outdoors & protect it

When bringing wine in the great outdoors…

Hiking, camping, biking, or exploring – these activities will make you thirsty. It’s not always that you can have a big cooler full of your favorite thirst quenchers with you. This won’t be a problem with longer camping trips. But overnight ones or day hikes can present a bit of a challenge. So how do you safely carry that bottle of wine with you? Small, cylindrical boxed wines can do the trick! Buy a boxed wine and remove the outer box. You can carry it in your pack by itself. Just don’t forget to keep it away from sharp edges. There are also resealable bags made especially for hiking. We recommend lining the bag with soft cloth, like used towels. You can either put the bag inside your pack or your bike’s storage unit.

Protect your wine bottles while driving

credits to: Ryan Liu

When bringing wine in your car…

It doesn’t matter if it’s a long or short drive – you’ll need to protect your wine bottles. You can also store them in a specifically designed suitcase like we mentioned earlier. But there are other ways as well. One easy method is to place cold packs in the base of a cooler large enough to hold your wine. But don’t put your bottles directly on top of the packs. Use Styrofoam holders designed for standard wine bottles. Set those holders on the ice packs.

Do you have other tips to share to help protect wine bottles? We’d love to hear them! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Summer Drinks To Beat The Heat

May 13th, 2020

While it may be a bit of a different summer compared to what we’re used to, we can still have tons of fun. One of the things that can make it better is concocting some awesome summer drinks!  White, blush and red wines can have a variety of complex flavor profiles, each of which complements different flavors in food.

Summer drinks to beat the heat!

Bubbly Basil Lemonade

With the barbecue season in full swing, this will be the perfect drink to wash down those hot dogs and burgers with. This vodka + lemonade cocktail will give you that needed kick of booze with the tangy taste of lemonade. Those that don’t hold their alcohol well will appreciate this refreshing summer drink. It’s just enough to give you a bit of buzz to relax and enjoy the day. Let’s start with the lemonade. Place sugar and 1 cup of water into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. In a large pitcher, stir together the sugar syrup, lemon juice, and 7 cups of water. Tear basil leaves in 2 or 3 pieces and add to the lemonade. Then, make your cocktail. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka and the lemonade. Shake and pour into a glass over ice. Top with lemon seltzer or club soda for some bubbles. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh basil leaves!

Sweet tea Sangria summer drinks

Sweet Tea Sangria Mix

Here’s one for the ladies! This sweet tea Sangria mix will be the perfect drink to sip while sitting out on your front porch. The recipe is super easy! Put 6 cups of sweet tea in a pitcher. Add a bottle of white wine of your choice. Throw in some berries, also of your choice, and sliced peaches. Chill for a few hours or overnight. Serve in Mason jars and garnish with fresh mint for a summer touch!

Summer drinks call for island punch!

Maui Island Breeze Punch

For those of us who are longing for some beach action, don’t fret. A little patience goes a long way. The beaches will be there for us to enjoy soon enough. Meanwhile, we can have some delightful Maui Island Breeze Punch to give us the taste of the island life. It’s a no-brainer to prepare summer drinks like this one. You’ll need36 ounces pineapple juice. Next, prepare 10 ounces vodka or add more if you want it stronger. You’ll also need 1/2 cup cranberry juice. Lastly, have 1L Sparkling water or diet lemon-lime soda as a filler. Mix all ingredients over ice, stir & voila! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Chill With Netflix & Wine Picks

April 29th, 2020

“Netflix and chill” has become a popular slogan during this time of COVID-19. But we’re going to go to it one better! For our wine-loving buddies, we’ve put together some must-watch Netflix shows. But that’s not all. We’ve also come up with some awesome wine picks to go with them. Who says staying home can’t be a blast? These Netflix and wine picks will definitely make your week:

Netflix and wine picks!


First up on the list is this 2020 American drama film, written and directed by Prentice Penny. The story focuses on Elijah who works at a wine business and at his family’s local barbecue restaurant. His parents Louis and Sylvia run the family restaurant. Louis expects Elijah to take over the business someday, but Elijah has other goals. On a date, Elijah tells his love interest Tanya about how he became interested in wine. He expresses his aspiration of becoming a master sommelier and works towards that dream. You’ll encounter a healthy list of wines in this inspiring film! So we suggest indulging in a bottle of Sauvignon Cabernet or Malbec while enjoying the show.

You Will Be My Son

While a bit of an older flick, this gem emulates a Greek tragedy. If you’re into films with plot twists, then this will be right up your alley. The plot pits Martin against his father, Paul, a Saint-Emilion winemaker and genuinely awful person. Martin is desperate for his father’s approval and wants to take over the family winery someday. However his dad thinks he’s a loser. Enter Philippe, Martin’s childhood friend and head winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola’s California vineyards. Paul thinks Philippe, not Martin, deserves to inherit the family business. Some Pinot Noir or Chardonnay is in order for this flick!

Wine Country

Want a good laugh with your favorite wine bottle? Then we recommend checking out this 2019 Netflix film. Wine Country was produced and directed by Amy Poehler and she stars in the movie alongside Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey. The queens of comedy in one show ought to give you a clue of what to expect. The plot follows a group of middle-aged women who go on a wine tasting tour of California. Enjoy their hilarious adventures with some Pinot Grigio or Merlot! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Healthy Food x Wine Pairings

April 1st, 2020

Health experts worldwide are always quick to point out the health benefits of drinking wine. In particular, drinking red wine in moderation has been proven to reduce the risks of several diseases. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now what would even be more fantastic is if you paired wine with healthy food as well. In these trying times, health is indeed our greatest wealth. So let’s take care of our bodies with these healthy food and wine pairings:

Healthy food and wine pairings!

Your greens with wine

Wine with green salad? Absolutely! Some of you may raise an eyebrow at this, but it’s a pretty solid healthy pairing. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s about time you did. Mix a bowl of your favorite greens and add some baked or poached chicken breasts. Drizzle with some dressing. Then comes the good part: pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. The higher acidity in those wines won’t be overwhelmed by a tart vinaigrette.

Your fish with wine

What fish lover would say no to grilled salmon? As far as eating healthy goes, this is one dish that will always be on the list. The question now is what wine to pair it with.  Along with other oily and stronger-tasting types of fish, grilled salmon will pair well with both your whites and reds. That includes reds that are bigger in flavor. We recommend pairing salmon with an oaky Chardonnay or an earthy Pinot Noir. Serve the wine slightly chilled to bring out the best taste experience!

Your sweets with wine

Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to skip the sweets. There are lots of sweets that are both delicious and healthy. And when you pair them with the right wine choices, you get to enjoy everything guilt-free. One of our favorites are dark chocolate and strawberries. These are treats worth savoring, especially when accompanied by a late-harvest red wine. At the top of our list is Beaujolais or Merlot. The fruity notes in those wines pair superbly with the sweetness of chocolate and berries. It is indeed a treat worth indulging in! ^_^

Don’t Miss Out On Your Wine Holidays! 🍷

March 25th, 2020

If you’re anything like us, you often find yourself checking Twitter only to stumble upon a wine holiday hashtag you knew nothing about. Guess what! You no longer have to keep missing out on these wine holidays because we’ve listed them for you to keep you in the know. Feel free to save the following calendar list to your camera-roll:

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Celebrate your wine holidays this 2020!




Big thank you to Wine Enthusiast for sharing this awesome resource! The links will take you to various informative articles wine holidays for your reading pleasure. Now you can be ready to pop open the right one each month. ^_^


❤️ Please be safe and healthy out there. We’ll continue to keep you and your loved ones in our hearts.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fun Gardening Ideas With Wine!

March 18th, 2020

If wine goes with just about anything, would it go with your gardening hobby, too? Surprise, surprise! There are a lot of fun gardening ideas you can explore with wine. So if you’re both a wine and a green thumb, this is your chance to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Wine and gardening ideas!

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Turn wine boxes into an herb garden

What do you do with your empty wine boxes? For one, they make great containers for holding kitchen condiments. A lot of people also use them as flower boxes. In fact, we’d say this is the most common use for these boxes. But that’s not all that you can use them for. You can actually start your very own herb garden! A beautiful mix of aromatic herbs planted in a wooden wine box makes for a perfect small-space kitchen garden. We all know that herbs don’t come cheap. Growing them either in your garden or kitchen is both good for your health and budget.

Gardening includes growing veggies in wine barrels

Grow veggies in your wine barrels

Now how about if you have an empty wine barrel or two lying about? These days, wine barrels come in different sizes. But when you’ve emptied them out, even the smallest one takes up room. So why not put it to a healthy and creative us? With a little tweaking, you can grow vegetables in your wine barrels. We recommend sawing the barrel in half to make it more manageable. If you plan on planting vegetables that require more room for their roots, then utilize the larger barrels. You’ll be able to grow broccoli, potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips and more!

Gardening using wine as fertilizer!

Photo credits to: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

Fertilize plants with leftover wine

Is there even such a thing as leftover wine? Seems a little crazy, but it does happen. Sometimes you may find yourself with wine that you either can’t or don’t want to finish. Or you might have thrown a party and overestimated your wine supply. Whatever the reason, know that you can still put that leftover to good use. One of these is, believe it or not, to use it as plant fertilizer! Yes, you can actually use your leftover wine to fertilize your plants. Wine has nitrogen, which makes a great addition to your composting bin. Pouring red wine into your compost activates the good bacteria within the already present mixture in order to help your plants or garden grow. Just be sure to keep your compost bin’s moisture under control once you add the wine. You may need to add a few more dry ingredients, such as cardboard, to compensate for the added moisture. ^_^


Remembering The “First” Women in Wine History

March 11th, 2020

The month of March wouldn’t be complete without the celebration of Women’s History Month. One of the ways we love to celebrate this occasion is by remembering the amazing women in wine HERstory. Here are a few of the women who made essential contributions to the wine world:

Notable women in wine history

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, The Champagne Queen

It all started when Barbe-Nicole Clicquot’s husband François passed away, leaving her in control of a company that produced champagne among other things. Madame Clicquot focused her efforts on the champagne business. She then gave birth to a technique known as “riddling” to enhance the champagnes they produced. Basically, riddling is a process that removes sediment from champagne. At this time in history (1700’s to 1800s), champagne was actually a cloudy, murky drink that looked more like heavy beer. Madame Clicquot decided that this should not be the case, so she dedicated her efforts in developing this technique. Thanks to her, the riddling technique has been adopted by almost every champagne house. Centuries after, the process has become more refined with the use of more sophisticated tools. Thanks to Madame Clicquot, we are able to enjoy “sparkling” wines and champagnes!

Isabelle Simi, the California Wine Guru

Isabelle Simi, California’s Wine Guru

For those who are not in the know yet, Isabelle Simi is the first female winemaker in California. In 1904, the Simi brothers and founders of Simi Winery died suddenly due to a flu epidemic. This left Guiseppe Simi’s daughter, Isabelle, to take over the management of the family business. Isabelle was only around 18 years old when this happened. This incredible woman was able to devise a way to run one of the few wineries during the “prohibition” decade. She achieved this by producing specially licensed “sacramental” wine.  By law, she was required to sell off the vineyards but was able to keep making the wine in her cellar. When prohibition ended, she had a 25,000-gallon wine cask available for tastings. She also had tons of inventory to sell to legal wine lovers everywhere. Bravo, Isabelle!

Madeline Triffon make us wine women proud!

Madeline Triffon, First Lady Sommelier

Last but certainly not the least, we pay tribute to the first American woman sommelier: Madeline Triffon.  This title is bequeathed in a technical sense, as Madam Triffon is the first American woman to earn the prestigious Master Sommelier title in 1987. At the time, “Detroit’s First Lady of Wine” as she became known, was 1 of only 9 other Americans that held this title. Today, Madeline is the Master Sommelier at Plum Market. See her “Mad Picks” and their awesome Wine Events here. ^_^

Credits to Cork Guru for the factual data.

Exploring 3 Types Of Dessert Wines | Wine Cellar Inspirations

February 26th, 2020

We often hear people asking what wine goes best with meat or fish, or salads. But what about having wine with your dessert? Tea seems to be the more popular option for pairing with sweets. We can change that, though! There are dessert wines that can make those mille-feuilles, French macarons, and cheesecakes taste even better. Let’s start exploring!

Exploring dessert wines!

Icewine with tarts and galettes

Icewine (or eiswein) is a type of late harvest wine that comes with a very sweet twist. If the grapes happen to freeze while still on the vine, they can be made into icewine. However, they must be harvested before they have a chance to thaw. That’s because the water in the grapes will freeze, but the sugars will not. Hence, the wines are even more concentrated than their late harvest counterparts. Owing to the intense fruit flavors to match the sweetness, icewine goes especially well with tarts and pies. It’s also a delight to the palette when paired with buttery flavors, like galettes.

Wine x dessert pairings

Zinfandel with fudge & cheesecake

Zinfandel is also known as a “California wine.” A bottle made from the late-harvest grapes is the sweetest. It boasts rich figgy notes that complement creamy caramel and vanilla flavors. We recommend pairing it with caramel pecan fudge or vanilla pecan pie. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try it with some rich red velvet cheesecake. You’ll love that hint of cocoa flavor that comes through without overpowering the fruitiness of the wine.

Dessert wines to enjoy

Traditional red wine and chocolates

Not in the mood for something unusual? Then stick to the traditional dessert wine paring: red wine and chocolates. You definitely can’t go wrong with this! You can have it all in one go. Infuse a liberal portion of your favorite red in a cup of hot chocolate over a slow cooker. For a richer taste, add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. You’ll get that warming mulled wine flavor that’s just to die for! ^_^


How To Choose The Right Wine Glasses For You

January 22nd, 2020

Do you also have a collection of wine glasses to go with your wine collection? If you don’t, then you may want to start one after reading this blog article. We’re going to talk about the different kinds of wineglasses and their uses. It may not seem like such a big deal, but choosing the right kind of glassware for your wine actually helps make the tasting experience even better. So for today’s wine cellar inspirations, let’s talk about these wineglasses and more!

Let’s talk about wineglasses!

When pouring your reds…

Let’s start off with red wine glasses. Red wine is arguably the most popular wine out there (though the white club will definitely say otherwise ^_^). Selecting the right type of red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavors to deliver a smoother tasting wine. Studies on wine tasting actually show that red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. And naturally, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell. We recommend going for wine glasses with wider openings for your reds.

When pouring your whites…

As opposed to the reds, white wines are typically served in smaller bowled glasses. Why so? It’s because smaller glasses are better in preserving floral aromas. They also help maintain cooler temperature and express more acidity in wine. Studies also show that smaller glasses deliver more aromas due to proximity to nose. This can happen even with cooler temperatures.

But there are also exceptions to the rule. Full-bodied white wines like oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, White Rioja, and orange wines are recommended to be poured into wine glasses with larger bowls. The larger bowl emphasizes a creamy texture because of the wider mouth.

When pouring your “specialty” wines

Now if you’re pouring other wines than the traditional reds and whites, you might want to look into purchasing specialty wine glasses. This will naturally depend on what you tend to drink the most. One example of a specialty glassware is the Port glass. It’s small size and narrow mouth reduces evaporation. Then, of course, you have your champagne flutes for champagne lovers. Champagne flutes tend to be on the very fragile side, particularly the stem. We recommend purchasing good quality ones with solid reviews. Lastly, there is also what is known as the “universal glass.” They tend to be shaped like red wine glasses but with longer, slimmer stems akin to the champagne flutes. Per the name, this glassware is said to work with almost any wine you pour. ^_^

Big thank you to Wine Folly for most of the fun facts we shared here!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

December 11th, 2019

Are you on the last-minute scramble to find the right gifts for special people on your list? Don’t panic just yet, because we have you covered! We’ve thrown together this holiday shopping guide to help you with those last-minute choices. Keep in mind that presents don’t need to be expensive – but they should be well thought out. Your “giftees” will definitely appreciate the fact that you put your heart into picking the perfect gift for them.

Unique holiday wine baskets!

1. Not-so-ordinary wine baskets

Gift baskets are certainly common holiday gifts. The great thing about a gift basket is that it’s easy to customize it to suit your “giftee.” If you have a wine lover on your list, then we have some great tips to turn that gift basket into something truly special. A from the usual wine bottles, chocolates, and cheese, throw in a WCI gift certificate. That’s right! Wine is a special hobby. What better way to way to bring the happiness of this season to loved ones than with a gift certificate to celebrate their love of wine. We carry these gift certificates in several denominations to suit your budget.

WCI gift certificates

2. Wrap up a wine rack

For your wine loving family or friends, try a little something different this year instead of the usual bottle of wine. Wrap up a wine rack under the tree for them! We’re sure that they will be thrilled, especially if you select from our unique racking catalog. Our wall-mount wine racks come highly recommended. They are easy to install, space-efficient, and reasonably priced. Our top picks include our popular Vintage View metal racks, Vino Pins and Vino Rails, Grain + Rod units, and the colorful STACT series.

3. Pile on the accessories

Who doesn’t love accessories? For wine lovers, WCI also has a slew of wine and wine cellar accessories to enjoy. Wrap up some of these unique items for your loved ones this season. We highly recommend the classy Wine Bottle Tags and Quake Guardian Bottle Leash. If you have a generous budget, splurge on a stunning piece of wine cellar artwork. For the men on your list, also consider our Brad Nail Gun package. You will be pleasantly surprised at how they will absolutely love it! Need more gift ideas? View our full holiday catalog and get that shopping list done in a snap! ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Which Red Wine Is For You?

November 13th, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good glass of sparkling, red wine? Reds are the life of any wine tasting party, and all the more so if they are rich, smooth, and full-bodied. But not everyone may have the same taste in reds, just like we have preferences with our whites. This then begs the question: which red wine is for you? Let’s delve into this interesting topic a little bit more!

Which red wine is best for you?

Choosing your scarlet poison…

The list would most likely go on and on if we actually talked about the wide assortment of reds out there. So we’ll narrow things down a bit by discussing about the types of reds that are good for you. Red wine in general carries a complex mix of phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that can help your body function better. One of these compounds is popularly know as “antioxidants.” With red wine, antioxidants’ free-radical fighting capabilities are enhanced even more. “Flavanoids” is another compound, essentially, the largest type of antioxidant found in red wines. The healthiest red wines have high amounts of the antioxidant flavonoid resveratrol. Lastly, you have the “polyphenols.” Polyphenols are flavanoids containing cancer-fighting and inflammation-reducing components. But let’s list down the health benefits of red wine in less scientific terms. Research has proven that red wine improves cardiovascular health, balances blood sugars, decreases cognitive impairment, and prevents particular types of cancers, among others. It also helps with weight control by fighting against obesity.

Now what may be considered as the healthiest bottles of reds you can pop open? First off, we have the Malbec. It contains about four times the antioxidants as Merlots and about two times as much as Cabernet Sauvignons. The taste is nothing to sneer at either. Malbecs are known to have a smooth, black cherry and blackberry flavor. This is combined with a delectable, silky pour and darker, mocha-like finish. Next up is the ever famous Pinot Noir. A staple in almost any wine tasting affair, Pinot Noir is a heavenly concotion of plums, berries and almonds. The sweetness is balanced out by a flavorful, bright acidity. Healthwise, Pinot Noirs contain a healthy dose of the antioxidants anthocyanins and procyanidins. These two are popular bad cholesterol-reducing agents that make room for more HDL absorption. HDL is known as the “good cholesterol” which the body needs.

Third on the list but definitely not the least, we have the Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignons carry with them a particular flavonoid combination that offer all the same cardiovascular and artery relief other blends do. But one advantage of this red wine is that its compounds aid in stimulating the production of a protein called the “amyloid precursor.” This protein is an essential factor of neural cell health. And of course, Cabernet Sauvignon is also known to be easy on the teeth – a definite plus over the rest! So have you decided which red wine is for you? Let us know in the comments below! ^_^

*For more info on benefits of red wine, check out this resource page.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Position Should You Store Your Wines?

November 6th, 2019

If you’re the observant wine lover, you’d surely notice that wine bottles are not always stored in similar positions. You’ll see bottles being stored on the side in residential or commercial wine cellars. But you’ve most likely also seen them stored in an upright position. You usually see this being done in wine establishments, liquor stores, or your local grocery. Also, you’ve mostly likely heard or read that wine should always be stored on its side. That brings us to this question: what position should you actually store your wine bottles? Would it make a big difference if you’re storing it on its side or in an upright position? Let’s find out!

What position should you store your wine bottles in?

The big mistake you should never make…

Here’s the deal about storing your wine bottles in an upright position: it is a big mistake that will ruin your wines, especially if you’re trying to age them. The upright position is actually considered one of the top wine bottle storage mistakes. Why is this so? For one thing, the wine will not keep the cork wet in this position. That means the cork will eventually dry out. This is like a death mark for your wine. The dry cork will allow excess air inside and completely destroy the wine’s taste. You will find out – in the most awful way – that your wine will taste like vinegar. Nothing can be more devastating than that. Try to imagine that happening to your most expensive and/or rarest labels!

It’s always essential to remember that wine shares a fickle friendship with oxygen. Oxygen reacts with the chemicals in wine resulting in changes to the flavor compounds. This is why oxygen is indispensable to the aging process. However, this very same oxygen also reacts with the alcohol in wine to form acetic acid. We know this as “vinegar” in layman’s terms.  Store wine bottles on their side to achieve peak taste!Too much oxygen in your wine is highly detrimental to it. The same can be said when your wine bottles get too little or no oxygen. So how do you regulate the amount of oxygen that comes in contact with the wine? The age-old solution is, of course, the use of a cork. Natural corks, in particular,  can expand and contract as the environment changes.  When you store your wine bottle in an upright position, it keeps the cork high and dry and away from the wine.  The cork will dry out and eventually shrink, leaving gaps. These gaps will allow air to enter the bottle and let oxygen react with the wine.

Storing the wine bottle on its side keeps the liquid keeps the cork moist.  The cork stays the same size and will even expand if a warmer environment causes the wine bottle to expand. The bottle is sealed tight 24/7 and only the necessary amounts of oxygen are able to circulate inside. The air that gets in through the small pores of the cork makes for just the right amount of oxygen to age your wine at a graceful pace. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Serving Temperatures For Your Favorite Wines

October 23rd, 2019

At what temperature should you serve your wines? Do different types of wine need to be served at specific temperatures? And does that affect how the wine tastes? Also, are there ideal temperatures at which to serve various wines? The answer is a big YES to all of these!

It is highly recommended to serve wines at their correct temperatures is because the temperature can impact the way the wine will smell and taste. In order to enjoy your favorite wines at their peak taste, you need to serve at the ideal temperatures. A little knowledge goes a long way and will result in the most amazing tasting experience.

Learn about serving temperatures for different wines!

Serve Sparkling Wine ice-cold at 40 to 50 degrees

Let’s start off with sparkling wines. This is obviously one of the top favorites in any formal or informal tasting event. A lot of us like to put our bubbly in the freezer about an hour before we pop it. But sometimes, we also tend to forget about it. If you pop it straightaway, you’ll have an explosion – which is definitely not a pretty sight. It is recommended to put the bottles in an ice bucket for about a half-hour before you pop. The ice cold temperature will keep the bubbles fine rather than foamy. After opening and pouring, return the open bottle to the ice bucket if it’s not finished yet.

Serving temperature varies with different wines

Serve Whites and Rosè cold at 50 to 60 degrees

For white wine and rosè, serving them cold is ideal. It is recommended to place your bottles in the fridge immediately after buying. But if you buy the wine the same day you want to drink it, you have two options of enjoying it at its peak taste. You can either leave it in the fridge for several hours, or place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Never leave it for longer in the freezer! After opening and pouring, let the bottle sweat on the table instead of putting it on ice like your sparkling wines. You’ll notice that the wine’s aromas and character will change slightly as the temperature rises.

Serve your Reds cool at 60 to 70 degrees

The most common misconception with red wine is that it is ideal to serve it at room temperature. The best way to enjoy your reds is actually serving them cool. By that, we mean an ideal temperature of 60 to 70 degrees. To cool reds down to the proper temperature, put them in the fridge an hour before serving. If you are short on time, place the bottle in the freezer for about 15 minutes – and don’t let it stay for much longer! After pouring or decanting, leave the bottle to sweat like with your whites.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Learning More About Wine Aging

October 16th, 2019

For wine enthusiasts, knowledge on wine aging is essential. If you’re not a veteran collector, that knowledge becomes even more necessary. You will need to understand the nuances of wine storage to ensure your bottles will age at a graceful pace. So today, we’re going to get inspired by some known and lesser know facts about wine aging.

Delving into the history of wine aging…

The history of wine aging

How did wine get stored during the early days when the concept of wine refrigeration never even existed? The earliest evidence of this comes from 7,000 year-old pottery jugs that were buried in the dirt floor of a Neolithic kitchen in Iran. In Rome, the people there used the “catacombs” for wine storage. But it was the French who actually began the practice of digging wine caves. These caves were designed specially to store wine. French people loved their wine with a passion, so they created caves dedicated for such purpose. As time passed,  wine collectors moved from catacombs to caves, and eventually, from caves to cellars.

Importance of wine cellar cooling system

This now brings us to the present-day wine storage system. Basements remain the most recommended location for storing wine bottles. The earliest basement wine cellars were called “passive wine cellars.” Passive wine cellars are actually underground ones, emulating the caves of the French period. These cellars use ground temperature to moderate the temperature swings and make the temperature swings seasonal instead of daily. Whereas refrigerated wine cellars can go anywhere in your house, a passive wine cellar must be located in a subterranean basement. This provided the best environment for wine aging with closest ideal temperature and humidity levels.

Wine ages best at a temperature that is both cool and constant. A temperature of 55° was determined to be the perfect environment for the chemical reactions that result in good wine. In addition, a humidity of around 70% is ideal for aging wine. Decades passed and we’ve also seen the evolution of these basement wine cellars into today’s modern ones. Obviously, not every home has a subterranean basement. So ordinary basements were transformed to wine cellars thanks to technology and the birth of racking products. Wine cellar cooling systems were developed to help maintain ideal storage conditions 24/7.

As society became even more tech-savvy over time, wine storage extended to other parts of the home. These days, you can build a wine cellar practically anywhere in the home, even in compact spaces. Closets, under stairwells, pantries – these can all be transformed into proper storage spaces for wine bottles. Vital factors affecting wine aging such as temperature, humidity, and light can now be controlled to the last degree.

Cr to Vintage Cellars for wine aging information

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Ideas For A Wine-Themed Christmas Party

December 5th, 2018

What better way to celebrate the Christmas holidays than hosting a wine-themed party? If your family and friends are certified winos like yourself, this is definitely the direction to take. So we’ve put together some fresh ideas on throwing a really memorable holiday party:

Make it a memorable wine-themed Christmas party!

Throw a winter wonderland wine party…

This is a really fun concept that a lot of your guests will surely enjoy. Sure, the “ber” months can be horribly cold, but don’t let that dampen the mood. In fact, you can use it to make your holiday party more enjoyable. Let’s start with the decor. Go all out and all-white! Change your drapes, tablecloth, and throw pillow covers into snowy white ones. Put white tea light candles in glass containers in strategic corners in your home. Add some dashes of silver by incorporating tinsel and silverware into your table setting. Next, bring out some white wine and champagne. Complement the drinks with “white” hors d’oeuvres, like Asiago cheese, Camembert, and white chocolate.

Try a DIY-cocktail [party!

Try hosting a holiday “mystery party”…

Mystery parties are all the rage. But instead of a murder or haunted theme, go for a positive one to raise the holiday spirits. And what better way to do it than having a “mystery wine” party! Wrap some mystery packages and put them on a table. Set up clues for each one. You can have your guests work in pairs or groups. The goal is to work out the clue and match it with the correct package. Each one will lead to another, with the last package being the mystery wine. Prepare a prize for the winner and be creative with it as well. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all!

Turn it into a “DIY cocktail” Christmas party…

Here’s something really fun and interactive. You can host a DIY cocktail party for Christmas for your family and friends. Naturally, you have to make sure that everyone is of legal drinking age. You can request your guests to bring a bottle (or bottles) of their favorite wines (and other liquor/beverages). Set up a mini bar in your dining area or other part of the house you might see fit. Don’t forget to augment the drinks with “extras” like fruit juices, cream, sliced lime, lemons, or other fruits. Print out easy cocktail recipes for your guests to try out. You can also have mocktail options for the non-drinkers. Of course, it goes without saying that everything should be done in moderation. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Hosting A Spooktacular Halloween Wine Party

October 24th, 2018

A wine tasting party for All Hallows Eve? We’re definitely saying yes to that! But how do you host a fun and memorable wine tasting party amidst all those other Halloween parties? Well, for one thing, it’s not a competition. So focus not on impressing your guests but on how to give them an enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to hosting a spooktacular one:

Host a spooktacular Halloween wine party!

Plan it out with your family or friends

If you’re married, or you have a family, or you live with roommates, it’s always a good idea to sit down together and plan things out. That way, you will be able to pool all your ideas and come up with the best party plan. It’s especially so if there will be quite a bit of age variety with your guests. For example, if you’re hosting a family-based party, where will you put the kids while the adults do the wine tasting? How will you keep them entertained? If it’s a strictly adult affair, how will you accommodate the non-drinkers? And how about those experiencing wine tasting for the very first time? With others contributing valuable input, your party will definitely be an awesome one.

Decide on a theme carry it out well

Obviously, it’s going to be a Halloween-themed party. But narrowing it down to something more specific will make things go more smoothly. It will help you decide on the best menu for both the wine and food. You will also be able to choose the most appropriate decor, as well as invitations. Moreover, it will give your guests a better guide on how they should dress up for your party. They key to deciding on a theme is to consider your resources and that of your guests as well. Do not go for anything elaborate if either you or your guests will not be able to meet it.

Plan your food and wine menu ahead of time!

Follow a solid timeline for your party

Time is always an indispensable factor to the success of any party. It doesn’t matter if it’s a formal or informal one. If you want to make it an enjoyable one, free from stress and other worries, managing a solid timeline is essential. It’s especially the case with a Halloween party. Lots of people will be hosting the same kind of event. So the first thing you should do is notify your guests at least 4-6 weeks prior. Don’t forget to ensure an RVSP deadline. Finalize your wine and food list as early as possible. Purchase the “essentials” at least a month before. There is little room for compromise on “essentials.” Last but not the least, prepare your decor ahead of time and put everything in place the night before the event. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fun Wine Games For Your Halloween Party

October 10th, 2018

Halloween night is still weeks away, but planning early for your Halloween party is always a good idea. Apart from your food and wine menu, you should definitely think about providing some entertainment. If you’re going to have a good number of guests, an icebreaker or two is in order. Here are some fun wine games you can try out:

Fun wine games to try out!

The Blind Man’s Wine Challenge

This is quite a heavy favorite with a lot of wine tasting parties. There’s a general set of rules, but you can modify the game to suit the party mood. The great thing about this is that both beginners and expert wine tasters can participate. So if you have a mixed crowd, this will help to put everyone at ease and enjoy the rest of the night. Prepare several bottles of wine (make them as varied as possible), blindfolds, adhesive labels, and markers. You will also need some disposable cups, paper and pencil for each guest, and a list of wines. Cover the wine bottles with adhesive labels and number them. Put the corresponding numbers on the cups as well. Each guest should have a cup for each bottle of wine. Hide the wine bottles and when your guests arrive, give each of them a blindfold. Give each guest the first cup, and have them the wine. Read off a list of the wines the guests are tasting, and have them write down their best guesses. Once everyone has tasted all the cups and put down their guesses, the blindfolds are removed. It’s time to check who identified the most number of bottles correctly!

Guess the number of corks!

Guess The Number Of Corks/Caps

This game is easy to prepare and won’t give any of your more experienced guests an upper hand. Prepare two or three transparent glass jars of varying sizes. Fill them up with wine bottle corks or caps. Put a sheet of paper and pen in front of each jar. As your guests arrive, have them write down their guesses for each jar on the paper, next to their names. Don’t forget to prepare some nice “prizes” for the winners. The one who can make a guess closest to the number of corks/caps inside the jars wins. There will be one winner for each jar!

Wine Toss With A Twist

Wine Toss is always a fun way to loosen everyone up. But instead of the usual wine toss, try putting a twist into the game to make it more challenging. Here’s how it goes! First, set up some empty wine bottles and divide your guests into two (or three) groups.  Each group will receive the same number of rings. As the host, you will read off some trivia questions. Your guests will try to toss the rings into the wine bottle which they think is the correct answer. The catch? Once a group runs out of rings to toss, they can’t answer any more questions. So they have to be careful not to waste a lot of rings on just one question. Naturally, the group with the most number of correct answers wins! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fun Table Preparation Concepts For Christmas

December 20th, 2017

Christmas eve dinner will certainly be always a special occasion. Whether you celebrate it with family and friends, with your special someone, or with a huge gathering of people, it will always be loads of fun. And one of the truly enjoyable moments actually come during the preparation stage. That’s right! Setting up the Christmas table and thinking of all the ways you can make it beautiful is definitely an activity to look forward to. With Christmas eve only a few days away though, the nerves can get a bit frazzled along the way. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand with some of these fun table preparation concepts:

Incorporate natural touches!

Incorporate “natural” touches

This year, “all-natural” has become one of the biggest buzzwords for almost anything. Food, drinks, toiletries, make-up, fashion – you name it. People have been leaning more and more towards “all-natural” ingredients in almost anything. So why not bring these “all-natural” touches to your Christmas table as well! Decorate your table with fresh greenery such as pine with sprigs of holly for that holiday flavor. Instead of vases, try bowls filled with fresh salad greens and topped with fruit. They will make great appetizers as well. Also, instead of the usual china or crystal setting, switch it up with wooden plates and bowls.

Go for “bold and vibrant” decor

It’s the holidays, people! Get out of your comfort zone and instead of the usual elegant (spell, stiff!) decor, glassware and cutlery, go for something bold and vibrant. It will actually prove to be a nice change and will help give off a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Colorful, mismatched glassware, decorative plates, printed table runners and napkins – these say one thing: fun, fun, fun. You can also add some quirky little presents for your guests such as holiday poppers or tiny boxes of liquor-filled chocolates.

Bold and vibrant decor!

Overdecorate to spell “abundant”

What better time than Christmas dinner to literally go all out with food, drinks, and of course, presents?  Make this Christmas eve dinner one of the most memorable ones by making your table exude an air of abundance. Overdecorating is the key. Go for large blooms for your centerpiece. Trot out large candles and candle holders, oversized bowls and serving platters, and pile on the holiday greenery such as pine and junipers. Turn your table into a grazing table chock-full of aperitifs – fruits, nuts, cheeses, cupcakes, crackers and more. We guarantee an air of festivity like no other!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Staycation Activities For The Holidays

November 22nd, 2017

Christmas holidays is drawing closer and closer! For sure, we’re all excited in planning out our winter activities. But for some (and maybe more), the budget just won’t cooperate. That means you can’t really go anywhere nice and warm. Well, think about this, though. A tropical vacation may sound dreamy, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the season. You’ll be wonderfully surprised at how some staycation activities can be even more fun and productive. Here are a few of them. Check them out, try them out, save more money in the process and have a blast this holidays:

Pull up your city or town’s local event guide

Most cities and towns actually have a winter calendar with a bunch of awesome activities already scheduled. If you were too busy with other stuff (or probably staying away) during the winter season to check them out, now’s the time to do so. Most of these activities are scheduled on weekends so that families can take advantage of them. They can range from holiday bazaars to carols and sleigh rides, winter sports, Christmas shows, and so much more. You will discover so many events to go to that you’ll be asking for more time to do them all.

Explore your town or city's hot spots!

Explore local parks and “hot” spots

This is something that happens most of the time. Because we’ve lived practically all our lives in our area, we neglect to explore it. We take for granted that there are actually places that attract other people as well. So if you don’t have the money to splurge on that tropical vacation, go out and explore your local attractions. Visit your local museum or historical societies. Check out the activities in your local parks. Go for a drive and enjoy the sights your city or town has to offer this time of the year. And don’t forget to try out local restaurants you’ve never been to before!

Organize holiday wine and cheese party!

Organize get-togethers or fun nights-out

Now is the time to fully enjoy with your family and friends without having to worry about spending a fortune. The best thing about staycations is that they give you so much time to just hang out and have a genuinely good time. Plan a spa day with your girlfriends. Throw an informal wine and cheese tasting party at home. Do a movie-swap with friends: go to the movie you like this week and the one that they like the next. And of course – go shopping!

Do you have more staycation ideas you’d want to share? We’d love to hear them so leave a comment or two below! ^_^