For me, September means hoarding as much Summer produce as possible before it's gone and savoring each day of beautiful weather — while we still have it— with pool parties, picnics, and fireside campouts. On the social front, this month also brings more political banter as we approach the presidential election. Here are five of my essentials for September.
This year, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the folks at Riedel have created a special, limited edition glass. The Pink Vinum Rosé glass has a soft pink stem and clear bowl and is sold in a set of two.
Well guess what? We're giving away three sets (6 glasses) to one lucky winner!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and we'll do a random drawing on Sunday, October 14 at 5:00 pm, Pacific Time. Don't forget to email this to friends and family who may be interested in winning.
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Last week I asked you guys what you thought of a set of white cocktail party plates that allow you to hold your wine glass on the side. I love the concept and liked their modern look. However, a bunch of you thought they looked too cheap. Well, TeamSugar member corkie bookmarked these similar wine and dine appetizer trays. This time they're wooden and are a bit more rustic looking. I still prefer the modern ones, but what do you think?
Drinking wine is more popular than ever, and now the oenophile trend is extending to home decor as well. Lately, I've noticed the iconic stemmed wine-glass shape is showing up in clever serving pieces — such as this Jansen + Co. Ming Oil and Vinegar Set ($28) — as well as candle holders, light fixtures, and one very cool doorbell. To see my wine with everything finds, just click on the photos below.
I consider myself a pretty crafty person: I love making collages, homemade cards, and fun little invitations. So when I came across this project on Craftzine to create your own drink markers and authentic photo framed wine glasses, I got super excited. It's recommended that you use random close up shots of your friends and family, but think about the endless possibilities! At a tropical party you could do pictures of lush beaches and serve sangria. During the winter holidays, shiny wrapping paper will be beautifully magnified for guests to see while they sip their Zin. Although, I love this idea and will most likely give it a whirl in the future, I'm a teeny bit skeptical. How can you wash the glasses? What happens when I tire of the pictures and want to change them? Will the glue leave a residue on my lovely stemware? How about you? What do you think? Do it yourself photo wine glass markers: love it or hate it?
Drying wine glasses can sometimes be a pain. Towels can leave awful streaks and lint, and sitting them on the counter causes condensation spots to form, and besides the lip is making a perfect seal with the counter meaning there's no air coming in to help out. Just imagine, if only there was a way to get air flowing into the glass... Turns out there is and it's one of those "'Doh! Why didn't I think of that?" tricks. To dry your wine glasses, just set down two chopsticks parallel on top of a dishtowel and place the glass on top! Square shaped chopsticks work best, but as long as you set them far enough apart, the round ones work too.
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Last week, YumSugar and I were at a New Zealand wine tasting and I was a little worried about the new, crisp white shirt I was wearing. Usually to be on the safe side, I don't drink red wine when wearing white, but since this was a wine tasting, red wine would be consumed. I buttoned up my jacket until I started talking with Dan, an intelligent Wine Spectator editor. He had wrapped a napkin around the stem of his glass to ensure that any wine - red or white - that happened to drip down the side of the glass (which it inevitably always does at one point or another) would be absorbed by the napkin and not your shirt, dress, or pants. The napkin doubles as a glass identifier when the glass is placed on a table with other glasses you can immediately identify which glass is yours.
British product designer, and recent art school graduate, Jim Rokos, has come up with a clever idea called "My Other Half" which comprises of a pair of wine glasses connected by a tube. The liquid fills up and forces its own level line which tries to balance the glasses. The glasses have to be held up to mouths simultaneously or the wine will spill all over the person who was too slow to raise their glass. Translation: if you don't play nice, neither of you will get to drink the wine and the slowpoke will end up covered in it. Interested parties can order a set for £220 + S&H ($440 + S&H).
What do you guys think? Love it or Hate it?