Great wine accessories are perfect additions to any party, and Rosehill Wine Cellars has a wonderful array of wine-related accoutrements to choose from. Wine bottle stoppers and pourers, drip rings, and wine thermometers are just a few. Sharing love of wine with fellow oenophiles is entertaining and can be memorable for everyone. The following are among the many wine accessories available at Rosehill.
1 – Wine Glass Cleaning Instruments
Wine glasses are essential components of serving and enjoying wine. They aren’t dishwasher-friendly, however, in that they often don’t fit properly. Wine lovers clean wine glasses with care. Part of the reason is to protect the investment made in the wine. For the discerning wine lover, soap can negatively impact the aroma and taste of wine. The following are the best ways to clean wine glasses:
- Thoroughly rinse wine glasses with hot water
- Use a miniscule drop of very mild detergent and rinse with hot water
- Gently clean with washing soda, such as baking soda
The best way to dry wine glasses is to air-dry them upside down. Rosehill Wine Cellars offers a Wine Glass Rack Tree that holds up to 12 wine glasses as well as other glass cleaning wine accessories.
2 – Wine Pouring for Large Format Bottles
VCanter wine pouring systems are available from Rosehill Wine Cellars. Various models are designed for particular large format wine bottles. The Methuselah, for example, holds the equivalent of eight standard wine bottles. There is also a Vcanter wine pouring system for the Goliath, a bottle of wine with contents equal to 36 regular wine bottles. These unique decanting cradles for large format wine bottles are made in Switzerland. Custom colour options include silver, copper, and 24k gold plating. Custom engraving is available, as well.
3 – Breathable Wine Glasses
Decanting of wine is accomplished in a variety of ways, such as in beautiful crystal decanters. One very chic approach to decanting is to serve wine glasses that have “Breathable Glass”. Comparison tests show that the impact of using breathable wine glasses is dramatic when drinking high-quality wines. For example, young white wines and red wines are typically best with a minimum of 30 minutes of aeration before drinking. With the “Breathable Glass”, you can drink the same wine immediately and fully enjoy the wine’s best characteristics. Rosehill Wine Cellars offers a range of Breathable / Sensis Plus crystal stemware.
4 – Wrap Wine Thermometer
Rosehill offers a Trudeau stainless steel Wrap Wine Thermometer with satin finish that can ensure wine is served at the perfect temperature. An LCD strip on the thermometer measures the temperature of the wine. Liquid crystal thermochromic ink changes to different colours at different temperatures. Around the perimeter, there is a list of various wines and their ideal serving temperatures. The thermometer is simple to use. When the bar lights up to the level you’re looking for, it’s time to serve the wine.
Recycled wine barrels are popular wine accessories.
5 – Unique Wine Accessories with Wine Barrels
Recycled wine barrels are popular wine accessories among connoisseurs.
Although Rosehill Wine Cellars specializes in the construction of wine cellars, many other products enjoyed by wine lovers are also available. This includes wine cellar cooling units, which are important for keeping a wine cellar at the correct temperature for wine storage
Certain wine glasses are recommended for red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, and dessert wine. See information about red wine glasses in the previous installment in this series. Getting such things right is important because they make a difference in the taste of the wine. As always, wine storage is also of key importance, and that’s why custom wine cellars or wine cabinets are investments that true experts and collectors are compelled to make.
Serving White Wine
Using the right type of glass enhances the enjoyment of wine.
The bowl is the component of a white wine glass that can distinguish it from red wine glasses. A white wine glass is shaped more like a “U” because the bowls are slimmer. Don’t fill the glass more than two-thirds of the way. This way, the floral aromas can be released plus the cooler temperature can be maintained. The longer stems on white wines encourage holding onto the stem, so that heat transferred from your body to the wine is minimized.
Serving Sparkling Wine
A glass that’s ideal for serving champagne is easy to identify. It’s tall and narrow and referred to as a “champagne flute.” The flute is ideal for all types of sparkling wine. The shape of the glass helps to retain the flavor, as the carbonation is captured and clings to the sides of the glass. The rim is smaller, which also helps to retain carbonation so that the aroma and bubbliness can be fully enjoyed.
Serving Dessert Wine
Dessert wines come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including port glasses, sippers, and sherry glasses. A primary characteristic of dessert glasses is that they are compact, for the purpose of accentuating sweet flavors and full-bodied aromas. As the name implies, dessert wine is traditionally served after dinner. It is sweeter and higher in alcohol content than other wines.
Wine Storage–Before Serving
Before you ever select the correct wine glass for serving wine with dinner, hopefully your wine has been properly stored. Custom wine cellars and wine cabinets maintain the temperatures needed to protect the flavor of the wine. Learn about optimal wine serving temperature and allowing wine to breathe in this continuing series on becoming a wine connoisseur.
By clinking wine glasses, all 5 senses are engaged in wine drinking.
Drinking wine is a pleasure for all the senses, including sound. Thanks to the custom of clinking glasses, hearing gets in on the experience. A British book on manners, Debrett’s A-Z Modern Manners, suggests that glasses should merely be raised and that clinking is improper. We respectfully disagree, here at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Just as we provide everything needed to protect wine in storage so that it can be enjoyed, we believe all should be done in further enhancing the experience of wine drinking. Wine involves sight, touch, feel, and taste. We offer many accessories for oenophiles, including crystal stemware. It is only common sense that the sound of a clinking glass be part of enjoying wine.
Theories About the Origin of Clinking
A consensus about how and why clinking of glasses originated has never been reached, but there are theories, including the following:
- Centuries ago, Europeans clinked glasses as part of the effort to drive off evil spirits.
- It’s rumored that there was a time in history when clinking glasses vigorously was meant to cause drinks to splash into one another’s drinking vessel. This ensured that one wasn’t trying to poison the other.
- More recent theories include that touching glasses physically is part of communal celebration.
Here’s the theory we like. Clinking was made to become a part of the wine-drinking experience, in order to engage all of the senses. There are actually wine glasses that are prized for the tonal quality of their clinks.
What is the correct way to clink glasses? Rare is a crowd that will take notes on doing this the wrong way, but it’s always nice to know proper etiquette. When participating in a toast in a large gathering, it should be said, the appropriate custom is to simply raise glasses and make eye contact with people. In more intimate settings, clinking of the glasses is perfectly fitting, and there are two basic things you need to know:
- Have you ever been concerned that a glass would break during clinking? It’s a reasonable concern and one that should be considered. Avoid clinking on the rim of the glass because that is the weakest part of the vessel, and you could end up with a broken glass and a potentially disastrous wine spill.
- The correct procedure for clinking glasses is to tap the bell of your wine glass against the bell of another person’s glass. Done right, this creates a ding! that is nicely sustained. What’s really fun is that you can enjoy creating that ding with all of the wine buddies present.
Next time you’re savoring wine, enjoy a nice clink with each of your wine buddies. Check out our crystal stemware at Rosehill Wine Cellars for quality wine glasses.
Choose stemware to enhance the type of wine you are drinking.
Wine drinking has many fascinating aspects and one is that different types of stemware are recommended for different wines. In addition, decanters are recommended for use when drinking certain varieties of wine. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we appreciate the beauty of crystal and believe that all wine glasses should be made with flawless crystal. The shape of the glass can make wine taste better. For instance, the distance of the nose from the beverage determines which aromas you smell. Of course, aroma is a large part of the experience of wine drinking.
Components in wine are: water, ethyl alcohol, glycerine, pectins, acids, polyphenols, and traces of flavor elements.
The following gives you a few basic insights on which stemware shapes to drink with which wine variety.
Glasses for Red Wine
Tannins are present in red wine, and choosing the glass has much to do with mitigating the accompanying bitterness.
The bowl of the glass should be larger when enjoying red wine. This way, more elements of aroma are delivered to the nose and the burn of ethanol is further from the nose. The ethanol alcohol is able to evaporate better because of the larger surface area. The wine has a smoother taste when there is a wider opening.
High tannin red wine with high acidity is best in a glass with more length coupled with a wide bowl. Low tannin red wine with low alcohol content and more delicate aromas – such as Gamay, Schiava, and Pinot Noir – are best enjoyed in a glass with a large bowl and less height.
Glasses for White Wines
For white wine, glasses with smaller bowls are usually preferred. A smaller bowl accomplishes the following:
- Preserves floral aromas,
- Maintains a cooler temperature, and
- Due to proximity to the nose, more aromas are delivered.
Some full-bodied white wines are often desired in stemware with larger bowls, such as orange wines, aged white wines, and oak-aged Chardonnay.
A Little About Decanting
Before pouring wine into the perfect glass, is it necessary to first decant it? Decanting wine involves pouring it from one vessel into another. Not all wines need to be decanted further than simply pouring it from the wine bottle into the glass. When wine is poured from a bottle into a decanter, it is usually then poured into glasses from the decanter. Restaurants often pour wine into a decanter and then back into the original vessel for service. Decanting involves allowing the wine to mix with oxygen, which affects flavor. Decanting needs to be done especially slowly and carefully with older wine, in order to separate the wine from the sediment. If the sediment is left to mix with the wine, it imparts an unpleasant astringent flavor that is very noticeable.
Be sure to check our selection of crystal stemware and decanters at Rosehill Wine Cellars. It is generally recommended to keep a set of six red wine glasses and six white wine glasses, at minimum, to serve wine with meals at home.
Choosing the right glass can mean optimal enjoyment, just as temperature is essential
After Bordeaux wines have reached their peak in the right conditions in wine cellars, care should continue to be taken, to ensure optimal flavor and aroma. Recommendations for decanting of new wine were included in the last post of this series. Decanting of older wine differs. Less time is needed to allow the wine to breathe. Removing sediment is one of the important reasons to decant wine. Prior to opening the bottle with a cork puller (not a cork screw), stand it upright for several hours. This allows the sediment to settle. Next, position a white towel under the bottle, to improve visibility of the bottle’s contents. Finally, simply and carefully pour the wine as the sediment remains in the bottom of the wine bottle. Stop when sediment mixed with the wine begins pouring out. Allow oxidation and oxygenation for a couple of hours at most.
Temperature for Serving Bordeaux Wines
The temperature at which you serve Bordeaux wines is as important as storage temperatures. For red Bordeaux wine, correct serving temperatures are 61°to 64°; for white Bordeaux, 43° to 47°; for Sauternes, the correct serving temperature is 50°.
Serving Glass for Red Bordeaux Wines
Did you know that there are different sizes and shapes of wine glasses for specific purposes? The enjoyment of your Bordeaux is directly affected by the glass you drink it out of, but there are really no set rules for choosing a glass. Known for complex bouquets with many aromas, red Bordeaux, however, is best served in a glass with a large open bowl at bottom that tapers slightly at the top. This maximizes the presentation of aromas to the nose.
Tips on Foods to Serve with Bordeaux Wines
There are some generalities that can be applied to any dish served, to choose the perfect Bordeaux wine. One reliable approach is to match food and wine that both have the same strength and potency of flavor. Bordeaux wines are actually quite versatile. Judge by how the wine feels in the mouth and how tangy it tastes and match the strength of flavor to similar strength of flavor in foods. In general, red Bordeaux is widely favored as the wine of choice with steak. White Bordeaux is a favorite for pairing with light-bodied, delicate flavors such as oysters and trout.
Be sure to check out the other three segments in this series on Bordeaux wine on the Rosehill Wine Cellars site. Remember that Bordeaux has many excellent vintages for storage in wine cellars.