Top Wooden Wine Racks – The Best Home Wine Storage

Top Wooden Wine Racks – The Best Home Wine Storage

We drink a lot of wine. And, we drink a good amount of it at home. That means we are always struggling to figure out the best wine storage for our home. We’ve considered, and purchased, wooden wine racks and metal wine racks, of all sizes and all price points. In this post, we round up some of the best wine rack furniture options, including what to take into consideration before your purchase. Our Wine Bottle Storage History When we lived in Chicago, we had everything short of a wine celler. When we first were married, we started small. We had a metal wine rack, with a glass top. It held about 9 wine bottles, and had a hanging wine glass rack for a handful of wine glasses. On top we were able to keep our cocktail and wine accessories. It was a hybrid wine rack bar and wine glass rack. We grew out of that one pretty quick. Only 9 bottles? When we moved into our condo in Chicago, we knew it was time for an upgrade. We eventually bought a Danby 75 bottle wine fridge, which was awesome. Eric likes to say it was the second best thing we owned, after our Mini Cooper named Winston. But, it still wasn’t large enough. Then, we bought a few wooden wine storage racks, which together held about 200 bottles. Finally, we were able to store all of our wine! Buy our Danby Designer 75 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler from Amazon now Now, where we live in Girona, Spain, we have a lot less space and needed to be more...
The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Perfect Wine Subscription

The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Perfect Wine Subscription

One of the best parts of our wine tasting trips to California was the chance to find new wines. Many of these wines we couldn’t find at our local Whole Foods or wine shop. And, when we found wines we really enjoyed, we joined their wine club. I loved the excitement of receiving a monthly wine box. Sometimes, with a few of the top wine clubs, we signed up for quarterly shipments. The best wine clubs shipped fancy sparkling wines over the holidays. Whether you are looking for the best wine subscription out there to help fill your home wine cellar, or you are looking for the best wine of the month club to give as a gift, we’ve got the best options. What is a Wine Subscription? A wine subscription can include monthly or quarterly shipments of wine direct to your home or office. They vary in the number of bottles shipped, and the price per shipment. Some wine subscriptions include just the wine bottles, some include wine and food pairings, and some are shipped as wine gift baskets. In this post, we share wine of the month club reviews for various wine companies that all ship to the US. These are not necessarily the places to buy cheap wine online. Instead, the one thing that each of these wine clubs has in common is that they search for great wine to ship regularly to wine lovers. And, that is what counts. Wine subscriptions can be purchased for yourself, to celebrate your own wine appreciation. And most of these online wine shops include options for wine gifts as...
The Best Wine Tours Around The World – Wine Tasting Tours

The Best Wine Tours Around The World – Wine Tasting Tours

Traveling for wine is becoming more popular as many travelers seek something a little more from their travel experiences. The concept of “wine tourism” is just as popular as adventure tourism or ecotourism to the right kind of travelers. And, finding the best wine tours is an important part of the travel research process. Please want to go wine tasting while traveling. Sure, a trip to the wine store is easy and convenient, particularly if you are looking to pick up a few bottles for your wine fridge at home. But wine tasting when traveling opens up a whole new world. One where it’s possible to try different types of wines, many of which you may never have heard of before.  This comprehensive post includes our recommendations, along with recommendations from some top travel bloggers about the best regions to taste wine when traveling. A few things to note. First, there are wine tours of every type, variety, and budget. It’s possible to wine taste by private jet. Or, it’s possible to do a Google search for “wine tasting near me” to find great wines close to home. But, in this post, we share recommendations for amazing wine tours, all over the world. And, our expert wine travel bloggers share recommendations for wine country destinations on 6 continents! At the end of this post, we include a detailed comparison table for recommendations on top wine tours around the world. Mendoza Wine Tours Talek over at Travels With Talek recommends Mendoza Argentina, particularly for Malbec lovers. People who love Mendoza, love wine. Wine lovers travel to Mendoza to visit the wineries and...
Best Small Wine Cooler – Top Wine Fridge Picks for 2018 – Wine Product Reviews

Best Small Wine Cooler – Top Wine Fridge Picks for 2018 – Wine Product Reviews

So, it’s time to step up your wine storage game. Perhaps you already have a wine rack that is always loaded to the brim. Or, you’re tired of storing several bottles of wine in your refrigerator, taking up valuable space. Or, do you find yourself always trying to stick a bottle into a single wine chiller to get the wine cold at the last minute. If you don’t have the opportunity to build an entire wine celler in your home, or if space is at a premium, a small wine cooler might be your stepping stone. >>>Click Here To See The Best Small Wine Cooler On The Market<<< In fact, it’s not necessary to have a wine room in your home (unless you want to). By choosing the right wine refrigerator, it’s possible to store both red and white wine, at the perfect temperature, making it always ready to drink. Or, if you travel for wine, you will have the perfect spot to store all of your wine souvenirs. Looking For The Top Small Wine Cooler? Here are our recommendations for the best wine coolers that are on the smaller size. We identify “small” as under 36 bottles. There is one that is 38 bottles, but it’s such a great wine bottle chiller I had to include it!  We also offer our wine cooler reviews scale, rating each wine cooler on a scale of 1-5.  CoolerBrandSizeTypeOur Rating (/5)Price Vinotemp6 BottleSingle Zone3.5 Magic Chef12 BottleSingle Zone4 Wine Enthusiast12 BottleSingle Zone4.5 Nutrichef18 BottleSingle Zone4.5 Edgestar34 BottleDual Zone5 Danby38 BottleDual Zone5 Not ready to take the leap? Check out our review of...
Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Locavore Bali

Locavore Ubud Review- Eating Local at Locavore Bali

When we left Ubud 2 years ago, anyone who read the last of my Ubud blog posts would assume I would never return. In fact, when I left, I too assumed I would never return. But, when the chef at Locavore Ubud invited us for lunch, I suddenly found an excuse to return to Ubud. I’m glad I did. Because Locavore Bali is unlike the Ubud I knew before. >>Read Locavore TripAdvisor Reviews – Updated 2018<< Here is our restaurant Locavore review: Why We Returned to Ubud During our last week living in Bangkok, we attended an award ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, hosted by The World’s 50 Best. I’m still not entirely sure how we ended up on the invite list. I will assume it is because we met Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, the 2015 best restaurant in the world. Or, that I am a budding culinary author with my recent publication of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna, home to the 2016 best restaurant in the world. Sometimes, it’s just luck. Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. We showed up at the W Hotel in Bangkok, where the top echelon of the Asian culinary world rubbed shoulders. We were fancy for one night. We tried to fit in. We drank Champagne. We sat in the large ball room and awaited the announcement of the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Only one of which we’ve actually eaten at. But, we met the chef during that visit, so I felt a little more fancy. At one point they announced the top restaurant in Indonesia, and without...
What is Lambrusco – Italy’s Secret Wines

What is Lambrusco – Italy’s Secret Wines

When you think of Italian wines, what do you think of? Do you ever think about Lambrusco? More often it is the Tuscan wines, like Sangiovese, Chianti (which is made from Sangiovese), Barolo and Montepulciano. Maybe you think of Prosecco, or God forbid Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. But vino Lambrusco is having a comeback, due in part to some amazing Italian winemakers. It’s no secret that I have, perhaps, an unhealthy fascination with sparkling wines. My motto for years has been that Champagne and sparkling wine should not be reserved merely for special occasions. When living in Chicago, with quite the collection of wine in our “cellar”, which included an amazing wine cooler in our den . We would often drink bubbles merely because it was a Tuesday night. I think everyone should do the same.  What is Sparkling Wine? Champagne is a term reserved for sparkling wine that is produced in the Champagne region of France. End stop. If someone is making sparkling wine in Italy, Spain, Portugal or the US, it legally cannot be called Champagne. It must be called sparkling wine. This is something I learned very early on in my sparkling wine drinking days. During our early trips to Italy, I loved drinking Prosecco, a type of Italian sparkling wine. I love drinking Cava, a type of Spanish sparkling wine. And now I love drinking Lambrusco, a wine made from an ancient grape that is seeing a Renaissance of sorts. Just don’t call it Champagne. Why Lambrusco? Lambrusco is a wine that I was wholly unfamiliar with, despite my years of learning about wine. It was...