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Fall is an exciting season filled with the opportunity to make memories. As the weather outside begins to cool and the leaves change their color, we prepare for Halloween, and soon enough, Thanksgiving.

As the weather outside begins to cool and the leaves change their color, we prepare for Halloween, and soon enough, Thanksgiving. Our diets transition from grilled meats, salads, and melon to warm soup, pies, roasts, and apple cider. Fall is also the season for harvest when many winemakers begin the fermentation process. It is also a great time to transition to autumn-friendly wines, saving the summer rose’ for next year. What will you be drinking this fall? Here are a few suggestions.

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Syrah: warm and spicy aromas with a little acidity pair perfectly with a fall menu. Syrah tastes delicious alongside roasted squash and mushrooms.

Pinot Noir: notes of bright cherries and red berries with a hint of sweetness. A good pinot noir would taste delicious with baked chicken or a big bowl of pasta.

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Buying wine racks for your home or business can be overwhelming. With so many choices, it's hard to decide which rack will work best for your collection.

The best wine rack depends on several factors, including your budget and how much space you can dedicate to your wine.

Essential Features of a Good Wine Rack

When shopping for a reliable wine rack, there are several features you should watch out for.

1. Is it sturdy? A good wine rack can handle the weight of your wine when it is fully loaded with bottles. Common materials for wine racks include wood, plastic, ceramic, acrylic, metal, and stone.
2. Weatherproof. While this particular feature may not be as important if you are using the wine rack inside your kitchen pantry, it is important if you are placing the rack inside a climate-controlled wine cellar. If you are adding racks to a wine cellar, select wine racks made from a material that can withstand colder temperatures and higher humidity.
3. Bottle position. Bottles should lay on their side so that the cork remains wet. Some wine racks will also hold the bottle with the neck facing the ground. This helps to sustain the seal of the bottle and prevent oxidization.
4. Pay attention to cubicle size. Most wine racks will fit a standard Bordeaux style bottle. If your collection includes unusual sizes such as magnums or splits, you will need to look for a specialized wine rack.
5. Assembly instructions. Select wine racks may require assembly. If you are not handy, plan to hire someone to assist you.
6. Installation considerations. If you rent, you may not want to mount wine racks to a wall and will need a freestanding option. If your space is smaller, you may seek a storage solution that maximizes vertical space.
7. Style. Lastly, consider the style of the space where you will be placing your wine rack. Do you want your wine rack to match the décor?

Now that you know what to look for let's explore some options available in the Vinotemp catalog.

Our Current Wine Rack Picks

Wall-Mounted Wine Racks

Wall-mounted wine racks have become increasingly popular because they are attractive and also save valuable floor space. Available in a single bottle and multiple bottle styles, wall-mounted wine racks are a great storage option for both seasoned and novice wine collectors. The significant advantage of this style of wine rack is that they are modular, which means you could potentially fill an entire wall with your wine collection and add more racks in the future as needed. Vinotemp's wall-mounted racks cradle each bottle in the horizontal position, which keeps the cork from drying out. Popular styles include the Acrylic Peg Wine Racks, Secure Hold Wine Pegs, and Epic Metal Wine Racks.

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While the kids enjoy their Halloween candy, why not whip up a ghoulish treat and mix some festive cocktails for fright night.

From bloody Trinidad sours to pumpkin spice spritzers, pair these cocktails with a bucket of popcorn and a spooky film to end the evening. Today we are rounding up some yummy Halloween cocktails to sip and savor on Halloween. Here's the treat – they all involve wine. Cheers!

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Blood Red Halloween Sangria by The Spruce Eats

Red wine, oranges, lemon, and ginger ale mix for a fun drink. You can even decorate the pitcher or glass with some fun gummy worms or a candy eyeball. Check out the recipe here.

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How to Entertain in 2020

8/31/2020 10:42 AM

The safest way to serve your guests while following socially distanced guidelines is to offer individual servings of food and drinks and move the celebration outside.

Taking the proper steps will ensure your guests are comfortable while still providing a delicious feast. Luckily, Vinotemp’s online catalog is full of accessories to help you keep everyone safe while also creating an appealing spread.

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Add a mini-cheese board to each table and load it with a selection of delicious cheese, crackers, fruit, and meat. Wine Bottle Cheese Board and Knife, $19.95

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Summer is quickly wrapping up, and before we know it, it will be time to plan Halloween festivities.

Take advantage of the last few moments of warm weather and outdoor picnics by adding a few glasses of wine to elevate your mood. Below we round up our top five wines to toast to the end of summer.

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Pool Boy Rose’ – A good rose’ has become synonymous with summer drinks. Pool Boy Rose’ is no exception. Open this bottle when you are in the mood for berries with a hint of citrus. Part of the charm of Pool Boy Rose’ is its plastic bottle and twisty top. The packaging makes it easy to transport, and you don’t have to worry about shattering glass when you’ve had a few too many drinks.

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How Best to Age Your Wine

8/31/2020 9:45 AM

Most of the wine sold in stores today is not meant to be aged and must be consumed within a year or two after purchase.

Even so, it is important to keep those bottles appropriately stored to ensure that when the wine is finally uncorked, it tastes its best. Now, for the 1% of wine that is meant to be cellared long term, proper storage conditions are even more critical. Wines designed to be cellared for 10, 15, or 20 years are considered an investment and should be treated with care. Here is an essential guide with tips and tricks for aging wine.

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Custom Understair Glass Wine Cellar with Modular and Peg Racking by Vinotemp

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Should I Refrigerate Wine?

7/23/2020 11:18 AM

Wine ages best when it has been stored in a cool and humid environment where it can be sheltered from sunlight and vibration.

The best environment for wine is a wine cave or wine cellar. Since most wine lovers do not have the budget or enough wine to fill a wine cellar, what are the alternatives for storing wine? Can you simply place your wine inside a refrigerator?

Storing Wine in the Fridge

The kitchen refrigerator is far too cold and dry for long term wine storage. The ideal temperature for wine is 55◦F with a relative humidity of 70%. A standard refrigerator where you store your milk and eggs is normally set for 38-40◦F with no humidity. When wine is in an environment that is too cold it can begin to crystalize. When it is too dry, the corks begin to dry out and contract, allowing for oxidization.

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Has your wine been tasting flat, or even worse, more like vinegar?

Has your wine been tasting flat, or even worse, more like vinegar? Wine is a delicate substance that requires specific conditions to ensure it tastes its best. If your wine is tasting off, it is probably because you are not storing it correctly. Here we will discuss some surefire ways to create perfect wine storage.

Wine caves have long been thought to be a perfect place for long term wine storage. This is because they are naturally dark, cool, and humid spaces where wine can rest undisturbed for many years. Being below the ground, they are taking up little surface area. They are also protecting wine from natural disasters such as a fire. Wine caves are believed to be an eco-friendly solution since the cave relies on the naturally occurring environment rather than a cooling system that requires electricity. Since most wine lovers have space for a traditional wine cave, it is time to get creative and think about some alternatives.

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Creating the best storage environment for your wine is the first step towards protecting your collection.

If you have been doing your research on proper wine storage, you know that wine is a delicate substance that needs a cool consistent temperature, proper humidity, darkness, and stillness to properly age. In other words, you want to designate a space for wine that closely mimics a wine cave. Can wine be stored at room temperature? It depends on a few factors.

Ideal wine storage conditions are specific. Wine can safely be stored between 40 to 65◦F, with 55◦F being the ideal temperature. Large daily temperature swings greater than 1-3 degrees should be avoided as they can ruin your wine. The room should have a relative humidity around 70% which will keep the corks moist, therefore maintaining a tight seal and preventing oxidization. Wine should sit relatively still as it ages. When wine is moved, it can kick up the sediment inside the bottle which will affect the taste of the wine. UV rays and harsh light are wine’s enemies. White wines in particular are most susceptible to becoming “lightstruck”. When a wine has become “lightstruck” it will have an undesirable odor and smell.

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Vinotemp Modular Stainless Understairs Wine Cabinet

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How Long Can I Store Wine?

7/21/2020 11:10 AM

When you age wine, you place it inside a dark, cool, and damp space, where it can rest undisturbed for many years.

The bottle should rest horizontally so that the wine is always wetting the cork. During this time, the wine improves, developing flavors, textures, and aromas it would not have had if it had been uncorked shortly after purchase. Cellaring wine is a sophisticated practice with a long history, one that is as enjoyable as drinking the wine itself. That being said, should every wine that enters your home be cellared?

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Vinotemp Wine Cellar with Cable Racking

How long you store your wine largely depends on whether or not it was meant to be cellared in the first place. Only 1% of the wine in the modern wine market is meant to be cellared or aged. There is the thirty dollar rule that says that if the wine is less than thirty dollars it should be consumed shortly after purchase. The wine above thirty dollars should be consumed within 5 years of purchase. This does not mean that you should place cheaper bottles of wine on top of your refrigerator and forget about it. Even cheap wine benefits from proper storage, you just do not have to be as patient about waiting to uncork it.

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