Archive for the 'Wine Accessories' Category

Aug 31 2010

Labor Day Decompression

Many people will use the upcoming Labor Day weekend to reflect on their own employment—bosses, co-workers, long-hours, deadlines, salaries, stress, and more. Others will simply be thankful to have a job. Others will only remember that they have three days off, and shouldn’t wear white anymore. Whatever the situation, here at Just Grapes we’re working […]

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Aug 13 2010

Air, Water, and Wine Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show returns to Lake Michigan this weekend, with more than two-million people expected to pack the lakefront on Saturday and Sunday. Even though the City of Chicago prohibits alcohol at the event, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a rooftop downtown, or simply stay home and throw your own Air & […]

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Jun 15 2010

Father’s Day Decisions

You get what you give—as the saying goes—and on Father’s Day, that often means you get a half smile and a “do they really love me?” sigh when you give the same cliché gifts. Why not aim for a full smile and even some genuine “they actually thought about me!” appreciation instead? We have some […]

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Dec 22 2009

Just Grapes Gift Guide: Part Two

Welcome back to the Just Grapes Gift Guide 2009: Part Two! This week we’ll be tackling those people who are extra hard to shop for, because everyone knows we leave them for last. For Mom When Constantine Alexis Zahoudanis, owner of Demetria Estate, asked his mom to pick out her favorite wine he had produced […]

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Oct 27 2009

The Ultimate Wedding/Birthday/Anniversary/Christmas/Holiday/Anyday Gift

by Brett Ashley McKenzie Wine truly is the ultimate gift–who doesn’t appreciate having an extra bottle or two on hand? Especially as we near the winter months, few people feel like trudging back out into the cold night because they arrived home from work to find nothing drinkable on their wine rack. But many Just […]

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Oct 20 2008

My red wines are feeling feverish

Popular wisdom says that red wines are to be served at room temperature. If that were the case at my house, my Carménère would be breaking a sweat. It’s a toasty 70 degrees in here at the moment (hey—it’s damp outside today), which is far too warm for any wine. Room temperature used to be […]

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Sep 10 2008

Makes screwing around with a cork easier

The foil over the top of a cork-sealed wine bottle is just a thin sliver. Being efficient (“lazy” is just so harsh), I usually try to pull the cork right through it. Often, this works. Sometimes, it doesn’t, and I have a mess on my hands far more time-consuming than fishing in the kitchen drawer […]

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Sep 09 2008

Is there any clear reason for red and white glasses?

Red wine glasses are wonderful. They are fat and round, meaning they hold more wine to begin with, and they are easier to hold when you’ve had more wine by night’s end. White wine glasses, on the other hand, are rather skinny and pale. Not one to judge by appearance alone, I’m less fond of […]

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Sep 02 2008

A sigh of relief for breathable glass

How often do you plan far enough in advance to bring your wine to its proper temperature and decant to let it oxidize for maximum flavor and aroma? If you’re like me, almost never. Lately, I’ve not even been patient enough for chilling. At the end of a very, very long day, just before bed, […]

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Sep 02 2008

Hints of Barbie, with a note of GI Joe

Unlike white pants, picnics are fine after Labor Day. In fact, in many parts of the country, this is when the outdoors is at its sunniest, driest, most lovely best. Toting Riedel for your picnic rose, however, can be a risky proposition; particularly if, like me, you’ll be sipping on a sailboat. Not only can […]

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