Building a Home Wine Cellar

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Have you considered building a wine cellar and found yourself wondering what features were the most important, what type of contractor you should hire or how much it might cost? For some expert insight, we consulted John Seitz, owner of The Magnum Company. He is a master wine cellar builder who has spent more than…

Unusual Wine Accessories

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There are numerous wine accessories—ranging from the mundane to the exotic—designed to assist wine lovers with the opening, serving, storing and preservation of wine. Here are six of the more unusual ones we have encountered. The Oak Bottle® The Oak Bottle® is a bottle made of oak that the manufacturer claims makes “ordinary wine taste…

Wine Serving Temperature Guidelines

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The “right” serving temperature for wine is a matter of personal preference. However, the temperature at which a wine is served influences how much one enjoys its qualities because of the impact temperature has on flavor and aromas. Serving wine “too cold” dampens the aroma and accentuates bitterness, while serving wine “too warm” can result…

Tips on Storing ‘Leftover’ Wine


As soon as you uncork a bottle, and wine is exposed to air, a process known as oxidation begins, which causes the wine to eventually lose its flavors, colors and aromas. So, what can you do after your dinner party guests have left, and you find yourself with partially consumed bottles of wine? First, to…

Wineglasses: What to Look For


Some manufacturers have developed specific glasses to suit the characteristics of different wine varietals, but assembling a collection of varietal specific glasses can take a toll on your wallet and cabinet space. While some wine enthusiasts may prefer varietal specific glasses, for those who want to keep it simple, here’s the scoop on the two…

To Decant or Not?


The debate over whether and when to decant wine has heated up in the past few years. Generally, decanting a wine simply refers to transferring the wine from its bottle into another serving vessel. For a young tannic wine (like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Nebbiolo for example), decanting the wine infuses it with more…

Tips on Storing Wine


Does proper wine storage really matter? YES! Wine storage has the ability to preserve, even elevate the quality of a great bottle of wine. Unfortunately, it also has the ability to destroy it. It’s important to note that not all wines are created equal in their storage needs. Different selections require different storage strategies. An…

Tips on Serving Champagne


Wine expert Emilie Perrier discusses how to serve Champagne to maximize your enjoyment of this wonderful wine. Wine Expert Emilie Perrier on Champagne