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Tips for Collecting and Storing Wine

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There seems to be a historical connection between the production of musical masterpieces and large amounts of wine. Maybe, then, it wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Dave Matthews’ introspective lyrics may have been inspired largely by the contents of his 17th century Vineyards, or that Sting’s reflections on Jung had to be the results of many a wine soaked evening in his 16th century Tuscan estate, but would you think Mike D of the Beastie Boys (RIP) may have been drinking a fine Burgundy when he wrote, “You’ve Got to Fight For Your Right To Party?” And what about Duran Duran who actually once toured with a full wine cellar and included Sassicaia on its contract rider? Would you guess that rocker Pink’s inspiration came from reds and whites?

If you are an aspiring wine collector, it is safe to say that you are certainly in good (or at least glamorous) company. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next great book or album, big bucks, or just for some real good wine at hand, here are tips you may want to keep in mind.

Budget Yourself
One of the first things you may want to do as a novice collector is to establish a reasonable budget. Alder Yarrow, creator of venography.co says, “Aspiring collectors may be surprised to know that as little as $300 or $400 can be enough to buy some excellent bottles that will last the next 20 years.” While you may want to spend a little more on collectible bottles, wine writer Leslie Sbrocco says that there are a lot of good values in the range of $25 to $35 and with a budget of $1000, “you can do some nice things.

Professional Refrigeration
If you’re not looking for long term investments, you don’t really need a storage locker or expensive refrigeration. However, if you plan to sell your bottles down the line or do some long term storing, you should keep your wine at a constant 55 degrees. Joe Padulo, owner of Portland wine Storage says, “fifty-five degrees allows a wine to develop and age gracefully.” If you are in it for the long haul, small storage lockers start at about $40 per month, but your wine cravings will have to keep business hours, depending on the storage facility.

vine vera banner presents Tips for Collecting and Storing Wine

Storage
When it comes to storage, it’s a good idea to estimate the number of wine bottles you want to collect and multiply it by three. Basements are generally the best places for maintaining the temperature your wine will require, but you should read the thermostat at different times of the day to ensure constant optimal temperature. The kiss of death for wine? Storing wine on top of the refrigerator or over the laundry area and stove. Humid areas are also bad news and dryness will make the cork dry out, ruining the wine.

You can buy relatively inexpensive racks to hold your wine and there are also kits available if you are handy. You may also consider purchasing a small refrigeration unit for the bottles you want to keep on hand for entertaining.

Finding Deals
Prior to bottling wines, wineries sometimes offer “futures,” and sell their upcoming vintages at 10 or 20 percent below final cost. Keep apprised of such events by joining winery clubs and signing up for mailing lists. You never know where and when you will find tomorrow’s superstar.

Be wary of the Internet and wine auctions. There is no guarantee that the wine was handled properly. Yarrow says, “It’s just too easy to get ripped off.” He suggests getting the wine from the wine make directly or establishing relationships with reputable retailers. Sbrocco recommends looking for deals at large retailers such as BevMo or Costco.

Buy Wines You Like
Although the best wine collections are varied, you are best advised to start by buying what you like. Know that new World Wines are usually best when drunk within three to seven years, whereas Old World Wines are meant to be aged.

Decide whether you lean more towards reds or if you prefer whites, With a few exceptions, whites don’t age as long as reds, which can be stored for decades before reaching their peak. Think about whites for drinking and reds for storage.

So for all you budding wine collectors, good luck, and good drinking, and let us know all about your adventures. Bottoms up!

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Top Chianti Cocktails – Vine Vera Reviews

Chianti Cocktails

Chianti, a region in Tuscany, is famous for producing some of the most splendid red wines in the world. The wines of this region are not known by their grape varietals, but by the region itself. Thus, Chianti wines are essentially wines that are produced in vineyards located in the Chianti region. The Chianti wine tradition dates back centuries. Wine has been cultivated in the Chianti region of Italy ever since the Etruscan civilization, which precedes the Great Roman Empire itself. Vine Vera came across recent evidence which suggests that the Etruscans didn’t just cultivate vines, but also conducted experiments on creating hybrids and grafting. The perfect weather and soil condition also helps the area to produce such splendid wines. This article from Vine Vera showcases some of the best cocktails that can be made using Chianti wine.

 

THE CHIANTI PUNCH

Ingredients:

  1. Chianti wine – 2 parts
  2. Seltzer water – 2 parts
  3. Sparkling wine – 2 parts
  4. Orange Juice – 1 part
  5. Grenadine Syrup – 1 part

Directions:

  1. For pitchers: Add ingredients in a pitcher full of ice. Stir properly. Decorate with orange slices.
  2. For individual preparation: Mix the ingredients in a shaker and pour them in a glass that has been filled with ice. Decorate with a slice of orange.

 

The Cioccolato Cocktail

The Cioccolato cocktail is a refreshing combination of Chianti, raspberry and chocolate that is ideal as a wine cocktail for dinner parties held in the autumn or winter seasons.

Ingredients:

  1. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  2. Raspberries – 6
  3. Chianti wine – 2.5 oz.
  4. Whipped cream – for decoration
  5. Ice – 1 cup
  6. Sweet cocoa powder – 1.5 teaspoons
  7. Chocolate shavings – for decoration

Directions:

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon sugar with the raspberries.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and Chianti.
  3. Pour the mixture into a shaker and shake.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Decorate with chocolate shavings and whipped cream.

 

THE SPARKLING CHIANTI

The Sparkling Chianti cocktail with its flavors of vanilla and Gala apples is one of the most exciting Chianti cocktails that you can go for. The preparation time takes just 15 minutes and you need to refrigerate the cocktail for 24 hours before serving.

Ingredients:

  1. Bartlett pear – 1
  2. Plums – 3 (cut into wedges)
  3. Chianti – 1 bottle (750ml)
  4. Apples – 3
  5. Vanilla bean – 1 (split)
  6. Sparking white wine – 1 bottle (750ml)
  7. 4” Rosemary sprigs – 2
  8. Cane syrup – ½ cup

Directions:

  1. Cut the pear from the stem end through the bottom into ¼ inch slices.
  2. Cut the apples crosswise into ¼ inch slices.
  3. Mix the ingredients (except the wines) together in a glass container until the fruits become coated.
  4. Pour Chianti and mix properly. Cover the container and refrigerate for 8 hours to 24 hours.
  5. Pour the sparkling white wine right before serving.

Notes:

  1. Serve the preparation over ice.
  2. Always ensure that the sparking white wine is chilled.
  3. Garnish using rosemary twigs if desired.
  4. For best results, prepare and chill for 24 hours before serving.

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