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December 9, 2016

Many people have difficulty figuring out what to buy for others. While some folks seem to be expert gift-givers, many people are often at a loss for selecting something that they think another person might like or be able to use. As a result, it becomes easy to be lazy and choose items that nobody really wants and ends up regifting to other people.

In many cases, this difficulty can be addressed by shopping at a store that specializes in a particular product niche. For example, some shops specialize in accessories and glassware for wine lovers.

Why Buying Wine isn’t Always a Great Gift Idea

Surprisingly, bottles or cases of wine are not always the best gifts for wine lovers. The reason is that people’s tastes can be very specific. Unless you are very familiar with the types of wines that they like, you may end up getting somebody a wine that they simply are not going to enjoy.

Wine Glasses and Accessories

An alternative to buying wine itself is to purchase wine accessories. The advantage to this is that a corkscrew, set of wine glasses, or a decanter pairs with all kinds of wines. Your gift allows your friend to obtain more enjoyment from their wine while being able to spend their own money on the exact bottle that they’d like to drink.

Choosing the Gift

When you encounter wine accessory shops like The Wine Kit, you may be a bit overwhelmed particularly if you are not familiar with wine yourself. One thing to consider is your friend’s lifestyle. Is your friend the sort of person who likes camping or going to outdoor music festivals? A portable wine travel kit may be just the thing. Does he or she enjoy entertaining? Consider a serving tray or cheese board.

If your friend is a serious wine fan, you might want to find out a little bit about their preferences. Some stemware companies have designed glasses that enhance the characteristics of wine made from certain grape varietals. Red wine lovers often make use of decanters, while white or rose drinkers may value wine chillers or insulated wine buckets.

Regardless of what you select, a gift that is tailored to the interests of the recipient is always appreciated. Taking the time to seek out something that reflects that individual’s tastes and interests shows that you care about them, and your gift will likely be cherished for a long time to come.

September 16, 2013

red wine

They say wine is good for you and there’s nothing better than to unwind with comfort food and a full-bodied glass of wine – like this sip, which has a rich, woody flavor that’s balanced with refreshing hints of red currant, strawberry and cherry. The wine is perfect with any beef or chicken dish but try pairing it with chocolate cake, you’ll love it for sure.

December 16, 2012


Can’t get a peaceful night’s sleep?  Here’s a trick that will get you snoozing soundly.  Sip wine with supper.  The liver needs three hours to break down alcohol.  During this time it produces caffeine-like waste products that can jolt you awake, experts say.  If you have your last drink at dinnertime, the alcohol will be out of your system by bedtime.

July 10, 2009

sipping wine

Wine is not only good for your heart but it aids in slimming as well.  But sipping a glass of vino at the end of the day can produce a sleep-sapping backlash later on.  According to experts,  alcohol’s sedative effect lasts only a few hours, after that, alcohol actually interrupts sleep as the body metabolizes it.  So, even if you drift off quickly, you can experience wakefulness and disruptive awakenings in the second half of the night, leading to grogginess the next day.  To sidestep this, limit alcohol intake in the evening to just a glass, then switch to nonalcoholic drinks three hours before hitting the sack.

June 20, 2009


Expensive vino can boost how much you eat at dinner. Cornell University researchers found that when study participants thought they were drinking wine from California, they ate 12 percent more food at dinner than those who thought their wine came from North Dakota. What the participants didn’t know was, both wines were the same inexpensive Charles Shaw. The researchers concluded that wine labels influence how you feel about your dining experience. So the next time you’re dining out and you find yourself facing a sommelier, think about what you just read and save your pocket from expensive wines. 😉

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