Best Small Wine Cooler – Top Small Wine Fridge Picks for 2019

Best Small Wine Cooler – Top Small Wine Fridge Picks for 2019

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 cellar in your home, or if space is at a premium, a small wine cooler might be your stepping stone. Let us help you figure out how to choose a wine cooler, what is the best wine fridge for your home, and what are the best small wine refrigerators for 2019. This post is a mega buying guide for the best small wine fridge or small wine cooler you can buy. We include a few mini wine fridge options, that hold less than 12 bottles of wine. As well as some options that are a little larger, and a little more advanced, and could be considered a wine fridge cabinet. We provide individual wine cooler refrigerator options as well as a serious of wine refrigerator reviews. These wine cooler reviews include some of the top brands for wine fridges. I also cover some of the wine fridge basics. This includes a run through of wine refrigerators terminology, i.e. what is dual zone and single zone? What is a built-in cabinet wine cooler? What is a countertop wine cooler? I hope with this wine advice you can pick the best wine refrigerator for your...
Best Online Wine Gifts – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

Best Online Wine Gifts – Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

Are you stuck shopping for a wine lover, with no idea where to begin? Yeah, we’ve been there. Why head to a wine store when there are some truly unique online wine gifts? Our wine gifts buying guide offers some unique gifts for wine lovers, as well as some of the most popular and, ultimately, some of the best wine gifts. These are online wine gifts that we’ve given, we’ve received, or, more often than not wish that someone had presented to us (hint hint!). Let us help you find the perfect wine gift, for a birthday, wedding, holiday, or really any ole time that demands a great wine lovers gift.   Wine Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers This is a mega post that offers so many recommendations for great gift ideas for wine drinkers. If searching for something particular, though, the table of contents above includes links to each of our recommended gifts for wine lovers, which are included in this wine gifts review. *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. In this post, we share our recommendations for some of the best gifts for wine lovers. We know because we are wine lovers ourselves. It’s one of the main reasons why we moved from Asia to Europe. To have more access to great wine. Once we rented our apartment, we spent time now only buying wine, but also buying wine racks, wine glasses, decanters, and more. Even before we left the US we were wine lovers. We owned a 75 bottle wine refrigerator, wine tasting sets, and over 100 wine glasses. When friends showed...
The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Best Wine Subscriptions

The Best Wine Clubs – How to Find the Best Wine Subscriptions

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. I loved it all! How To Choose The Best Wine Subscription 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. I wanted to offer this option because, generally, we recommend Amazon for many of our product recommendations. This is one area, though, where Amazon falls flat – through no fault of its own. Amazon is great for wine gifts, but in the US Amazon is not allowed to sell wine or liquor. That means they have no wine gifts that actually includes wine, and they can’t offer wine of the month club gift options. That’s why I wanted to offer a review of the best wine of the month club options for US customers. In order to choose the best monthly wine club for you, we include monthly wine club reviews that compare the monthly wines shipped, shipping cost, and the duration of the wine subscription. We also try to note whether the wine club...
La Champagneria Barcelona – Cava at La Xampanyeria Barcelona

La Champagneria Barcelona – Cava at La Xampanyeria Barcelona

For someone who loves sparkling wine, just hearing about a bar called La Champagneria sent tingles down my spine. I am not one of those fancy people who only drink “Champagne.” I love all sparkling wine and am always looking for a good cava bar in Barcelona that doesn’t break the bank. That is exactly what La Champagneria Barcelona, or La Xampanyeria Barcelona, is. It might not be a Champagne Bar Barcelona in the traditional sense. But it’s a great bar for cava, and still fits the bill for one of the cheap bars in Barcelona, Spain. We’ve been visiting the Barcelona Champagneria for three or four years now. Although this is one Barcelona cava bar that has changed a bit over the last several years, La Champagneria Barcelona Barceloneta is still a great place to visit. This post will explain all of our tips on how to visit and get the most out of La ChampagneriaBarcelona Spain. La Champagneria Barceloneta, or in Catalan La Xampanyeria, or by their other name Can Paixano, is an institution of sorts.  When you research La Champagneria online, there seems to be a split personality of sorts. Is it a wine shop? Is it a cava bar? Is it old school and traditional, or a tourist stop?  The answer is yes. It is all of the above. Learn more about what to eat in Spain in our Spain Food Guide, which includes Barcelona restaurant recommendations What is Cava in Barcelona? Cava is a Catalan version of champagne, made in the traditional method, meaning the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. That’s the technical stuff. I’ve been told that cava was...
How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

Our experience traveling to Bordeaux, France, was far from planned ahead of time. Instead, we made our way to this world-renowned French wine region to house sit, or more accurately, dog sit, for a friend. We had no idea how to visit Bordeaux, how to go wine tasting in Bordeaux, or whether Bordeaux wine was even too expensive for our bank account. We were surprised by what we found about wine tourism in Bordeaux. Here, we share our tips for a great Bordeaux wine trip, including some of the best Bordeaux wine tours.    Book the most popular Bordeaux Wine Tour on Viator – from €115 per person *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. Vin de Bordeaux – What’s it All Mean? The wines of Bordeaux could perhaps be some of the most intimidating wines. It’s why I was so interested in figuring out how to book Bordeaux wine tasting tours, to learn about some of the best wineries in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is on the west coast of France and has one of the longest, and most prestigious of wine histories. The region surrounds the city of Bordeaux and includes over 50 wine appellations, or wine regions, around the city. It’s the largest wine producing area in France. And, other than Champagne, Bordeaux probably gives off an impression of wealth, of luxury, and perhaps in pretentiousness more than any other wine. That also means it can be intimidating to wine travelers. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about wines, particular Spanish wines, Italian wines, and even Portuguese wines. But, I am a mere novice when it comes to any...
Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

Albana di Romagna DOCG – Secret Italian White Wine

When I first started learning about Italian wine, my knowledge was limited: Chianti and Pinot Grigio. Chalk it up to a mess of trips to Tuscany and Umbria, along with a messed up number of bottles of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Later, I learned about Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. If you would have told me at the time that I would be touring small wineries in the Emilia Romagna region Italy learning about a grape called Albana di Romagna DOCG, I wouldn’t have believed it. Exploring Italian Wine Grapes I’m not a trained sommelier, although I considered it as an option when I was first thought about leaving the law. My palette is not all that sophisticated. I sort of know what I like and what I don’t. I’m the farthest thing from being a wine snob. I am just as likely to be drinking a free glass of wine in a hotel executive lounge as I am drinking a fancy bottle of something special. I can usually tell when a wine is cheap and can tell when a wine is not. But, it’s not always the most expensive wine that wins my heart. When we talk about being wine bloggers, we are really talking about wine travel or wine tourism. For us, we love the opportunity to tour wineries, meet winemakers, and often indulge in great food and wine in a fabulous setting. I don’t often write about a particular grape and how it tastes. And I don’t offer tasting notes or compare vintages. I do enjoy talking about the story behind a wine, the winery, and the winemaker. And, this...