Easy, Inexpensive Thanksgiving Centerpieces

This weekend is a time to gather with friends and family and give thanks for everything that we have.  In honour of the holiday and the bountiful harvest it celebrates, we’ve gathered some inspiration for festive centerpieces that are elegant, festive, and won’t break the bank. And, of course, they all feature an ode to wine…

Wine Bottle Candle Holders

This elegant table setting (from YoungHouseLove) is as simple as it is stylish. Use a simple table runner and different sized wine bottles (you have some of those around the house, right?) as candleholders.

For longer tables, add small groupings of baby pumpkins or fall leaves on either side of the centerpiece, a little further towards the edges of the table.

Tada! Instant chic!

Grape Harvest Cornucopia

If you’re like us, wine is a staple at any holiday gathering.

Celebrate the fruits of the vine with this easy arrangement by Martha Stewart – all you need is a large bowl, a few bunches of grapes, and some autumn foliage.

(Bonus: when dinner is over, you can eat the grapes for dessert!)

Corks and Candles

Equally suitable for tables of all sizes and shapes, this centrepiece uses items that you probably already have lying around – wine corks.

Put a votive candle in a candleholder at the center of your vase (any tall cylindrical vase will do), and surround it with corks. Be careful not to pile them too high, for safety.

Setting the table, made simple!

And if you’re looking for suggestions as to which wines would pair well with your Thanksgiving menu, check out last year’s Thanksgiving post – featuring links to many great pairing guides from across the web.

Have a wonderful holiday, and please remember
to drink responsibly!

 

Want to Improve Your Palate? We’ve Got Good News: It Just Takes Practice!

The idea that  improving your palate takes practice is doubly-appealing. First, it means that improvement is possible (great news for those of us born without finely-tuned tastebuds!). Second, it implies that part of the hard work will involve – you guessed it! – tasting, tasting, and more tasting until you get it right. Talk about a labour of love!

If you’re looking for shortcuts, though, there are a few strategies you can employ to improve your ability to pick out and identify key notes and flavours in wine. Try these tricks with future bottles, and see if you can coach your tastebuds into heightened sensitivity…

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Wine Trends: Beyond the Bottle

The world of wine has been pretty creative, lately! In case you missed our previous posts on the subject, here are snapshots of some of the new and innovative ways that winemakers are packaging their products…

Photo: McCann Vilnius

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Wine-Making 101: Think 30 is a Lot of Bottles? Here’s Why We Think it’s the Perfect Amount

For most of our customers, 23L (or 30 standard bottles) is the perfect amount of wine for savouring and sharing. If you’re not a regular wine drinker, though, or if you have limited storage space, that number may leave you wondering whether making your own wine is really for you.

If that sounds like you, fear not – you can still take advantage of the great savings (not to mention the fun!) of making wine in bulk! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways that you can make your own wine without sacrificing your space.

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Our best-selling wine kits: now on sale!

Until September 30th, 2014, enjoy 10% off our Traditional and Ultimate Italian Pinot Grigio and Merlot wine kits.

Wine and CheeseOur Pinot Grigio kit produces a pale yellow, medium-bodied wine that exudes apple, pear and melon essences. With lively acidity and a touch of spice on the finish, it’s a perfect wine for everyday enjoyment.

Our Merlot produces an easy-drinking red wine that is for everyday enjoyment. Wonderfully balanced with gripping flavours of black cherry, plums and berry, this red wine finishes very smoothly.

Don’t miss these savings on some of our most popular kits!

*cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Wednesday Wine 101: The Best Wine & Beer Pairings for Your Long Weekend BBQ

The August long weekend is almost here! And that means relaxing with good company, and enjoying some time off in the summer heat. For those of you BBQing or getting together with friends and family this holiday weekend, we’ve put together a list of simple wine and beer pairings that will make it easy to please a crowd. So, load up the grill, pop some corks or caps, and enjoy the sunshine!

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Wednesday Wine 101: All About Sulphites

When  it comes to wine-related villains, sulphites are usually at or near the top of everyone’s list.  There’s reason to believe that they may not be the culprits behind all of the crimes for which they’re blamed, though, so this week we’re diving into the world of sulphur dioxide to discover how it ends up in your wine, what it means for you, and what (if anything) you should do about it.

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