By Brian Montgomery
Sitting here, still full from my two Thanksgiving meals yesterday, I started thinking about what I like best about Thanksgiving and holiday meals. Of course I love spending time with my friends and family, and I'll never turn down food. Ever. I have to admit, reading Ryan's beer glass blog post from the other week made me mighty thirsty, as I love beer, especially obscure microbrews. I wouldn't call myself a beer connoisseur (some would call me a beer snob and I won't deny it), but I like to be adventurous when it comes to beers.
Not that I don't like wine, I do, but I'm definitely not as well-versed. But for some reason, wine is just so good with a holiday meal! Maybe because Thanksgiving and Christmas meals have so many carbs, beer is just too much. At any rate, I get the feeling that a lot of people, me included, are a little bit intimidated by wine. "What glass should I use?" "What kind should I get?" "Should I serve it cold?" and on and on...
I won't profess to be able to answer any of these questions, but I do know that we have a TON of wine service accessories that make serving and storing wine a piece of cake (or pie)! Here are just a few (and they make great stocking stuffer gifts):
Bottle Foil Remover- If you're anything like me, one of the most frustrating parts of opening a bottle of wine is getting the foil wrapper off without a struggle (go ahead and laugh). Well, with this inexpensive Franmara Clean-Cut Bottle Foil Remover, all you have to do is place the gadget over the top, give it a turn, and it cuts the foil right off!
Winged Corkscrew - The only type of corkscrew that's easier to use than this sturdy, inexpensive winged type is that "Rabbit" one that costs 10 times as much! Unless you have money to burn or want to impress your friends, stick with the tried-and-true.
Wine Saver Vacuum Pump Bottle Stopper - OK, if you really can't finish that last bottle (really guys, really?), why not use this clever Franmara Wine Saver Vacuum Pump Bottle Stopper to preserve the freshness and flavor of your unfinished wine for later enjoyment? It pumps out the air to slow down the oxidation process that ruins a good bottle of wine in short order.
Cheers from all of us at WEBstaurantStore.com, and remember, be merry, but be safe!