Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Helpful Wine Tips For A Great Experience

When it comes to wine, you may be surprised just how much information there is out there. With so many different types across the world, it may seem difficult to really know all there is to know about wine. Luckily, the following article can be used as a guide to help you learn the basics of wine selection.

Wine goes extremely well with pasta dishes. To choose the perfect wine remember that red wines work best with heavy sauces such as tomato sauce. Pair white wines with white sauces and salads. For basil pestos and other meatless dishes, you should opt for a complimentary wine such as a rosé.

Be aware of the negatives of storing wine for too long. If a bottle of wine is stored for a long time, the inside of the bottle may start to get an infection. This will more often than not result in a poor 'corky' taste. Another thing to avoid is over-oxidized wine, which results in a raisin like stale taste.

If you have a smaller space, you can create a wine cellar of sorts in an empty closet. Place racks in the closet to store the bottles on, and try to keep the door closed often to prevent light from entering. A closet will generally have a fairly consistent temperature, making it ideal for storing wine.

If you are really passionate about wine, you should consider visiting a vineyard. You will learn a lot about how wine is made, what makes a flavor unique and even get a chance to witness the production of your favorite wine if you visit a vineyard during the right season.

It should be stated, that you aren't going to become a wine connoisseur overnight. However, if you implement the advice mentioned in the article above, you will be well on your way towards understanding the differences between many wines. Before long, you will be an expert in the field of wine.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Advice On Enjoying The Best Wine

What do you know about wine? Perhaps you would like to know some good places to buy good wine. Maybe you would like to know what wines go with certain foods. Whatever you want to know, this article is about to provide you with more information regarding wine and its opportunities.

If you know the wine is going to be poured in a large serving bowl with punch or other fruity additions, choose the low-price bottles and no one will notice the difference. You should never waste the best case on a party-serving of punch, but choose a flavor that works well with the rest of the servings.

Never assume that you have found the best wine out there. There are so many wines produced that you will never be able to try every single one, but you should certainly try. The best part of wine is the fact that you can explore what it has to offer throughout your lifetime.

If you are going to open a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, you need to hold the bottle at about a 45 degree angle. Make sure that you are not facing anyone or any breakable objects because the cork could injure someone or break something. Try to hold the top of the cork and twist so that it does not fly through the air when opening.

If you find a bottle of wine, you love, consider saving the label. This is relatively easy to do by soaking the bottle in warm water until the label removes easily. Saving the label will help you to remember the exact information about the wine so you can purchase it again the next time you are in the market for a bottle.

Now that you know a little more about how to incorporate wine into your life, it's time to get started. Perhaps you want to select the right wine on your next date, or maybe you want to start your own wine collection. Now you should have a good idea as to how to go about doing that.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Excellent Advice For Putting Together The Ultimate Wedding.

Your wedding should be a day about you and your partner. Letting others get too involved in the planning process (even if they are paying for it) will only result in a day that doesn't reflect the two of you. This article has ideas on how you can make your wedding your own, and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.

One of the ways that you can make your wedding as convenient as possible is to have your ceremony and reception at the same location. This will allow you to save a lot of money on transportation and miscellaneous costs, which will appeal to your guests and your bank account.

Try hiring a wedding planner. They can be an invaluable source. It's not everyday that you get married and they can help take you through all the stages. They should be there to help reduce your stress, so be sure to choose someone that has good references, is trustworthy, and is willing to listen to your wants and needs.

Make sure you get a list of references from every single vendor you secure. If they're not willing to give you one, move on to someone else. You should get a long and varied list of people who speak highly of the person or company you've chosen so that you can feel secure in your choice.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that everybody else in the groom's party is ready to go before getting him dressed. This is essential to making sure that full attention can be devoted to making him look his best if needed.

There is no way to completely get rid of that stressful feeling from planning a wedding. You can, however, take control making sure that you are getting what you want and your partner wants without offending everyone who is trying to help. Use the advice here to make all of these things a reality.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2011 Vintages From the Richest Soil in Arizona

Fall has fallen and given birth to winter. No matter what part of the world you are in, this is the time of year when a clean and spicy, full-bodied wine can really hit the spot. Thankfully, Arizona Strongholds Vineyards has just released some of their favorite vintages to sate your thirst.

With such fine tastes as: 2010 Lozen (at a steal for $40 per bottle), and the award-winning 2011 Dala Cabernet, Arizona Strongholds Vineyards has blends that pair perfectly with a wide variety of holiday meals.

For a full list of vintages and blends, visit www.azstronghold.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creamy Pasta with a Veggie Twist

Everyone loves the comfort you get from a dish of beautiful pasta in a wine and cream sauce, but sometimes it can be hard to spice things up and put a little change to the classic white sauce recipe.

This simple and quick recipe will help drain the monotony from your pasta, and spice in new and innovating culinary ideas.

Step 1: In a medium saute' pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Next, add 2 tablespoons of minced white onion and two minced cloves of garlic. lightly saute' the garlic and onions for 1 minute before dusting the onion/butter mixture with 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour. Mix the flour/onion mixture into a paste and cook for 30 seconds to one minute.

Step2: De-glaze the pan with 1/2 cup of white wine (preferably a dry chardonnay) and mix the wine and onion mixture together until it is all combined.

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir together with wine. Add 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper. Stir all contents and simmer on medium-low heat until sauce thickens. add 1/4 cup of grated fontina cheese and garnish with fresh chopped basil leaves.

(VEGGIE OPTION: Add diced portobello mushrooms to mimic chicken and keep it meatless).

And it is as simple as that.

Monday, September 17, 2012


You have found "The Evening Glass," a blog in-which I writhe in my love for wine. Expensive wine, or a 2 dollar bottle, I love everything about wine.

My latest favorite thing from the world of wine is Bacchus Selections. As a member (membership is free), they send me all the top rated wines from around the world. Honestly, they have been amazing so far. Every wine I order from them has already been tasted and rated by their knowledgeable staff, so I can be sure that every bottle I buy, is going to be a tasteful and memorable bottle.

It is not just expensive wines that they carry. Bacchus has many affordable wines as well, proving that good wine doesn't have to be expensive.

Try them out at bacchusselections.com