Luxury Champagne For Valentine’s Day

The Internet is packed to the rafters with gift guides for Valentine’s Day. So here is one more. Except this one is better than most of the others. Because the benefits of a spa treatment will be completely eradicated by the stress of getting stuck in traffic on the way home. A piece of jewelry is likely to get tossed into a box and forgotten. And some sort of fancy underwear may (or may not) be only mildly appreciated in … The post Luxury Champagne For Valentine’s Day appeared first on GrapeSmart.net.

Past Meets Present at the Culver Hotel Prohibition Ball

If any good came of Prohibition, it’s the parties celebrating the end of it. While over half the states in the US had gone dry way before the Volstead Act went into effect, the “prohibition of alcoholic beverages” officially kicked off on January 16, 1920. This meant that the “manufacture, sale, transportation, importation, possession or distribution” of any beverage of at least .5% alcohol was illegal–except under specific circumstances, such as religious ceremonies and medical necessity. It’s safe to say … The post Past Meets Present at the Culver Hotel Prohibition Ball appeared first on GrapeSmart.net.

Lest Ye Be Judged: Guest Judging At The LA International Wine Competition

When I check in at the long registration table at the Sheraton at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, my Bordeaux host hears my name and bounds across the room to greet me. Jana Kravitz is pretty, stressed, and very, very French…or pretty, French and very, very stressed… either way, she ushers me into a ballroom filled with round banquet tables covered in white tablecloths, before introducing me to the five other judges where I’ve been assigned. On the walk over, I feel like one of those President/CEO … The post Lest Ye Be Judged: Guest Judging At The LA International Wine Competition appeared first on GrapeSmart.net.

Ravenswood: Joel Peterson and his Powerful Elixirs

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore - What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’ In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven,” a bird comes out of the night and leaves an indelible mark… … The post Ravenswood: Joel Peterson and his Powerful Elixirs appeared first on GrapeSmart.net.

Drinking Out Of The Box… RED

When we last left you, we’d started on an exciting foray into the wonderful world of boxed wine. We’d done this because, while far less sexy, boxed wines (approximately four bottles per 3 liter box) are a better comparative value than their bottled counterparts. And because the plastic bladder inside the box collapses as the wine is emptied, boxed wines are naturally protected against oxygen spoilage, so they are usually good for around four weeks once they’ve been opened. A … The post Drinking Out Of The Box… RED appeared first on GrapeSmart.net.