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Cheers to a Wine Filled Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 11:17:06 AM America/Los_Angeles

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Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to gather with friends and family to give thanks and share a bountiful meal. What better way to get the festivities rolling than with a little (or a lot of) wine! Today we are sharing a recipe roundup filled with scrumptious Thanksgiving recipes and pairing suggestions to get you in the mood. Mains to dessert, we’ve got you covered.

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Delicious Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:43:20 AM America/Los_Angeles

Whether hosting a spooky Halloween bash or sneaking some treats from the candy bucket, here are some creative pairings that are sure to please the palate.

Candy Corn

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A Guide to Wine Bottles

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:59:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

Educating yourself on the variety of wine bottle sizes and shapes may feel overwhelming --- there’s so many. In the 1700s, wine makers began to deviate from what was the standard of the time once they discovered that different bottles affected how well the cork could seal as well as the taste of the wine itself. The size of the bottle not only influences taste, it can dictate your storage options as well.

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Wine Storage Basics

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:47:27 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wine cave construction in the United States has a long history dating back to the 1800s in the Sonoma and Napa Valley regions of California. During these early days, workers used shovels, chisels, pick-axes, and sometimes explosives to break through rock. They labored by candlelight and moved unwanted material using straw baskets, all to create the perfect environment for the long-term storage of wine. 

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Wine Refrigerator Buying Guide

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 3:33:41 PM America/Los_Angeles

When considering the purchase of a wine refrigerator, here are some easy to understand descriptions of the differences.

First, there is long-term storage (1+ years), then short-term storage (1-6 months) and service (drinking now).

Drinking wine is a daily or weekly event; that is why it’s moved to the kitchen instead of the cave or cellar. Location for the refrigerator can be the kitchen, family or dining room, the garage or cellar, or even outside.

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15 Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science (+6 Delicious Recipes)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:59:46 PM America/Los_Angeles

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15 Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science (+6 Delicious Recipes)

In times of celebration, a wine toast may be just one of the most awaited part by many. Popping open the cork while the velvety oaked aroma fills the air and flowing effervescent liquid comes out from the bottle gives excitement to everyone.

The bubbly wine is usually used to commemorate joyous occasions in one's life as it symbolizes royalty and reflects love. But aside from taking part in celebrations, wines come with a host of important benefits.

The wine has undergone intensive studies over the years and it has been proven to be an effective elixir. Who says a man needs a fountain of youth to live a long life? Pour yourself a glass of wine from the wine cooler and bottle up some knowledge to find out the surprising benefits.

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Find the Perfect Glassware

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:57:58 AM America/Los_Angeles

Vinotemp Illuminati Wine Glasses (for white wine)

Vinotemp Illuminati Wine Glasses (for white wine)

What does your wine want? What does your wine need? What is best for your wine? The right wine glass can answer all of these questions. Because picking the right wine is such a daunting task, there’s a naïve hope that choosing which wine glass to pour it into would be a much easier responsibility. However, the reality is that figuring out which is the right wine glass is often just as difficult, if not more.

Although simply ignoring the rules of wine etiquette and drinking from whatever pleases you is always an option, there comes a point in time when an avid, or not so avid, wine drinker might decide that just any old glass is no longer satisfactory. 

With so many wine glasses out there in the world, there comes a desire to find glasses that are unique, ones that can start up a dinner conversation and leave a lasting impression. The difficulty here is in finding glasses with the ability to do so. It becomes a choice between the most convenient set of wine glasses or the perfect set of wine glasses.

 

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The Vinotemp Story

Monday, February 20, 2017 9:31:43 AM America/Los_Angeles

Francis Ravel

Vinotemp founder, Francis Ravel

Located in Southern California, Vinotemp is a 30 year old, family owned business, with administration offices, manufacturing, distribution and warehouse facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

Founder, Francis Ravel, was born 1917, Casablanca, French Morocco. In his early 20’s, Francis moved to Paris where he joined and fought with the French Foreign Legion. The young freedom fighter was captured by German occupation troops, where he escaped and joined and fought with the US Army to push German troops out of France and assist with the Allied invasion and conquest of Nazi Germany.

After the war, Francis came to the United States and eventually landed in Hollywood, California in the early 1950’s. He became an actor and was cast with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Elvis Presley in a verity of hit musicals. After a lengthy film career Francis turned his talents to the early days of Television and played a recurring role on the I Love Lucy show.

After a lengthy and successful film and TV career, Francis, at 68, found his true passion of making and bottling his own wine. This simple turn of fate lead to the need to store his collection. A man ahead of his time, he was the first to introduce the idea of placing a cooling unit into a sealed wine cabinet, soon he was making his wine cabinets for friends and family and “voila!” Vinotemp was born.

Custom Wine Cellar

From these humble beginnings, Vinotemp has grown to be recognized worldwide as design and innovators of bespoke wine solutions, including cooling systems, wine-cellars and wine-furniture. Today, Francis Ravel’s daughter, India Hynes, who grow-up playing and working on the floors of the Vinotemp factory, is now President of Vinotemp International.

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Proper Storage is the Cornerstone to the Perfect Wine Experience

Monday, January 30, 2017 8:19:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

VINO-700MODLUX - 700-Bottle Furniture Style Wine Cabinet

Proper Wine Storage is the Cornerstone to the Perfect Wine Experience

For nearly 10,000 years, we have had long and flavorful relationship with the “fruit-of-the-vine”.  From picking and gathering various fruits and berries, to the cultivation of the first fields, to picking and pressing the first harvests into vats, then transferring the sweet nectar to earthenware for storage.  Through the ages we have pretty well perfected the art of  growing, bottling and consuming wine, but the problem to a long term relationship with wine has been storage. Now, after thousands of years of trial and error, from dark, dank and wet caves to the modern wine cellar, we have finally come to a basic understanding to the art and science of preservation and storage of this most precious elixir.

Aluminum and Redwood Wine Bottle Racks

If wine is improperly stored, wine may mature too quickly, or too slowly or just may never reach its true potential.  Likewise, it can be a host’s worse nightmare if a wine is served at a temperature that has not been allowed to rise or descend slowly.  The key, is a controlled environment, be it a simple under-counter wine cooler or a full on wine room, the right environment will ensure a quality wine experience with each bottle served.

THE 5 RULES OF WINE STORAGE

Wine is a living. Breathing and evolving and complex form of chemistry that demands a gentle hand to guide it’s from birth to consumption.  Wine, like any living thing, is affected by the world around it…and to ensure a quality wine experience, here are the 5 basic’s for proper wine storage.

Wine-Mate Self-Contained Cooling System


TEMPERATURE:  The ideal temperature to store wine should be between 50° and 57.2 °f, which should remain constant.

 

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What is the right temperature for your wine?...The Vinotemp Blog

Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:38:30 AM America/Los_Angeles

What is the right temperature for your wine?
 
We have all heard the old saying, "white wine should be served chilled and red wine is best at room temperature". But what does that mean? What is chilled and what exactly does“room-temperature”mean?
 
Temperature plays a huge role in both the storing, aging and serving of wine.
 
When storing wine, high temperatures may cause wine to mature too quickly and giveyour wine a“cooked”flavor. If your storage area is unregulated and gets too cold, your wine may not mature properly and will not develop the flavors you were expecting.
 
Too hot or too cold, and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment when you finally un-cork that special bottle. It is very important
to make the right investment when selecting the environmental control system for your wine cellar, wine vault of wine locker.
 
It is important to store wine between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. A few degrees higher or lower won’t affect your wine, but the goal is to maintain a consistent temperature and to avoid temperature fluctuating.
 
Wine coolers and refrigerators are terrific for maintaining ideal serving temperatures for immediate consumption. They come in a variety of sizes and configurations to accommodate both large and small collections. Some wine storage units are designed for long-term storage and take into account conditions like light, humidity and vibration, all of which are important variables when storing and aging wine.
 
Handy tips for wine serving temperatures
 
Assuming you have correctly stored your collection at the right temperature, let ’s see how temperature can affect the enjoyment of your wine.
 
White wines are at their best when chilled, but be careful not to serve it too cold. If white wines and rosés are served to cold you may
“stun” the wine and lose the rich bouquet. As Francis Ravel, wine connoisseur and founder of Vinotemp wine systems, would often say, “If your glass appears frosty, then the wine is too cold”.
 
It has become popular other the past few years to pop your wine bottle into the freezer for a quick cool-down, but beware, wine left to long may freeze and once frozen, it will never regain its original flavor or character.
 
Here are a few more of Kevin Henry’s wine tips:
 
Champagne, as well as other sparkling wine, is best served around 40°- 50°F. This temperature maintains the right pressure inside the bottle and reducing unwanted foaming and the wasting of good champagne.
 
Like champagne, sweet white wines, like a Muscat or Riesling, are perfect at. While lighter whites, such as Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc, are refreshing when served just a touch warmer at 45°- 50°F.
 
A dry rosé served at 55° F will enhance its bouquet. White wines like Chardonnay will surprise you with rich “fruity” overtones when served warmer between 50°- 60°F, depending on your preference.
 
The idea of serving wine at “room-temperature” comes to us from the distant past when interior walls were 12” to 18”
thick with an average room temperature running about 67°, and long before the notion of air-conditioning and central-heating. Today’s average residential room temperature of 72° F. and this will “cook” your wine and hide the natural fragrance of fruit and spice.
 
A Pinot Noir is best between 50° -55°F, and a Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese are best at 55° - 58°F. Again, depending on taste, a California Cabernet Sauvignon should be served a little warmer, at 59° -  64°F. 
 
Temperature is very important to the aging and storing of your wine and it should be taken very seriously, but in the end, serving and enjoying your collection is a personal matter that should reflect your taste and palette.
 
For the best wine experience, from a small under-counter unit to a complete wine room or cellar, please visit the experts at Vinotemp.com 
 
Cheers!
 
 

Kevin Henry is an internationally recognized industry mentor, designing, writing and speaking on a variety of topics, including kitchen design, the art and science of wine storage and environmental issues.
Mr Henry can be reached for comment or questions at [email protected]
 
 
 
 
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