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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

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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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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See you in 2014!

To celebrate the holidays with family and friends, the store will be closed from December 24th, 2013 until January 2nd, 2014.
We wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Until then, here are some great holiday guides for you to peruse:

christmas-21204_640Will you be drinking wine on New Year’s Eve?  If so, check out Wine Folly‘s guide of “Wines Least Likely to Give you a Hangover.”  That way, you can enjoy the festivities without regretting it the next day!  (As always, please remember to drink responsibly, and to plan for a designated driver or other safe way home)

…or, if you’ll be hosting or otherwise teetotalling, Williams-Sonoma’s Taste blog has some great recipes for holiday mocktails that can be enjoyed by all.

abstract-2925_640As you’d expect, Martha Stewart has a veritable treasure trove of New Year’s Eve resources – from cocktails to appetizers to entrées and dessert, and even a guide to popping open a bottle of bubbly
(in case the thought makes you nervous!)

For a more folkloric approach, Bloomberg.com can help you brush up on your history.  Learn why we reach for champagne on NYE – great info for breaking the ice at parties!

Warmest wishes for safe and happy holidays,
from all of us at Wine Kitz Pickering!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The store will be closed this Sunday Oct. 13th and Monday Oct. 14th, for Thanksgiving, so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday!

In case you’re looking for some helpful suggestions for wine pairings, we’ve rounded up some helpful guides to help you choose which wines to serve with your turkey dinner.  Check them out!

thanksgiving gourdsBetter Homes and Gardens magazine has a Thanksgiving Wine Guide that will help you choose the best red, white, or sparkling wine to complement your meal.

Wine Folly‘s guide has your whole soiree covered – from ice-breaker wine to pumpkin pie dessert.  Find their guide here.

You’ll also find tons of food-for-thought over at Bon Appetit.  Their Thanksgiving wine pairing tips will walk you through all the things to consider when trying to make the perfect pairing for your guests.

Happy Thanksgiving!