Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

Feb 19, 15 Want Unique Wine Gifts? Check Out Uncommon Goods Online

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I often surf around the web just to see what kinds of wine related gifts there are out there for wine geeks (ahem, a certain Winesleuth is having a birthday soon, just saying).  I recently came across this lovely website that features quirky but stylish wine-themed gifts. You can have a look at some of their offerings here. The aim of the site is to showcase creative designs and offer high quality goods at reasonable prices. Uncommon Goods is the name of the site and after looking around, I can say they have a pretty cool selection of stuff. The site was originally created to act as a showcase for “…the creativity and the expression of individuality (which) represent two great human treasures. (They) have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone…” I like that idea and am glad to see unique artists and designers get the recognition they deserve. Another thing I liked about the site is that they are committed to working in harmony with the environment. All of their merchandise is produced without harming any animals and they donate a portion of each order to your choice of these non-profit organizations: American Forests, Women for Women International, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). I think that’s pretty nifty and it makes me feel good that I’m helping others out with my purchase. So, not only can I buy cool wine glasses, like these, but I’m also helping out a host of others. Although Uncommon Goods are based in NY, they can ship to over 100 countries. Check out their website for shipping options. As for me, I’m eyeing a certain decanter… Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Iittala’s Essence Plus wine glasses, does size matter?

Mar 25, 13 Iittala’s Essence Plus wine glasses, does size matter?

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Does the size of a wineglass make a difference in your enjoyment of it? I think so but as a trained wine professional, I get paid to pick out the subtle differences in wine so anything that will help me when I’m tasting a wine is always welcome. But what about the average consumer who just wants to enjoy their glass of wine? I was asked to do a consumer demonstration with Iitalla’s  Essence Plus wineglasses the other day to see if the size of a wine glass does make a difference in one’s enjoyment of wine. The original Essence line from Iittala was released in 2001. Designed by Alfredo Haberli, the concept was focused on design types. The new Essence Plus line was developed with the intention to highlight the characteristics of  the wine. With that in mind, they have created 2 sizes of wine glasses — a larger one for full bodied older wines and a smaller one for lighter, younger wines. The full bodied wine glass having much more of a rounder and bigger bowl to hold the wine. I was intrigued by this idea and we had two wines to try – a Villa Maria Private Reserve pinot noir and a Villa Maria Private Reserve sauvignon blanc. New Zealand pinot noir is darker and heavier then more traditional pinots. In the bigger glass, most people did find that it enhanced the aromas of the wine but on the palate, the wine seemed to lose it’s energy and in the smaller glass showed itself more generously and made for a more enjoyable drinking experience. So, contrary to expectations, this NZ pinot noir was better in the smaller glass. I poured the sauvignon blanc into the smaller, traditional, “white wine” glass as well as the bigger glass. Again it was amusing for me to hear the reactions from the consumers, for them the aromas were more intense and the wine seemed to be lost in the bigger glass, it’s aromas dissipating and...

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Glass style definitely affects the taste of champagne

I recently was invited by Helena Nicklin to join her in a champagne tasting of Billecart-Salmon’s NV Extra Brut and their 2004 Vintage champagnes. The intriguing difference in this tasting was that we would be using Billecart-Salmon’s specially designed wine glasses and compared the champagnes in both a traditional flute and Billecart’s specially designed glasses. Helena did a very good job of describing the technical notes on the tasting which you can find here. We also did a video tasting of the two different champagnes, and whether or not glass style has any affect. See the videos below… Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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