A Guide for Buying Wine Online

If you have run out of ideas on what to gift and you want to gift something really special to your loved ones, then you cannot possibly go wrong with a bottle of wine. It may not be something out of the blue, it is in fact a very expected and common gift item, but a bottle of wine, with an assortment of chocolates or a box of premium cheese has entered the classic gift list of all ages. Moreover, a bottle of wine is an integral part of any occasion, and no ceremony and no celebration is complete without a toast. Hence, if you are worried about gift items, then a bottle of wine will still work wonders and it bound to be appreciated.

Advantages of Online Wine Buying: Like every other item of necessity or luxury, you could also shop for wine online too. Of course, there are still many who would not dare buying a bottle without a personal visit to the winery, or the local wine store at least, and taste the wine themselves before buying. But this is often not possible for those who are hard pressed for time and may have to order for a large gathering at a very short notice. There are other things to be taken care of and you can reduce some work by buying wine online.

There is no reason to believe that the wine that has been brought over the internet would be of inferior quality in any way. In fact, you would get to choose from a much larger variety of wine brands and probably end up buying a better item than you had previously thought of.

Points to Remember: Before long, the crates of wine would be delivered at your doorstep. There are premium wine brands which have their own websites and the type, shipping charges, time of delivery, and sometimes even the ingredients and way of making the wine is listed in the website, giving you a more or less clear idea of exactly what you want.

The only thing that calls for some discretion here is not to get carried away. Wine, among everything else, is a delicate and a glass can make or break the mood. So if you are not very sure with the large variety in display before you, it is best you tread the beaten track and order something conventional, which will surely give your guests the desired satisfaction, instead of taking a risk with an unknown type which even you have never tasted before and which might not go down well with your guests.

Just a little bit of attention to the details like which wine should go with which course and the correct glasses, and you are ready to enthrall the guests.

Wine Pairing: Sauvignion Blanc and Pulled Pork With Beet Salad

We’ve started to experiment with pairing wine with food in combinations that aren’t intuitive. Recently, I tried wine with Buffalo Wings to great success. This week, I decided to make some pulled pork, and made a quick run to the wine store to see what might work with it. When people think pulled pork, they often associate it with beer. I hoped to defy traditional thinking around this common dish. First, the recipe:

Asian Pulled Pork

1 tbsp Cardamom pods

1 tsp Paprika

2 tbsp dried Star Anise

1 tsp Chili Pepper

1 lb Pork Shoulder

2 Fresh Jalepeno peppers, chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

In a spice grinder, mix and grind the spices thoroughly. Coat both sides of the pork shoulder with the spice mixture, then place it in the crock pot. Cook on low heat until tender. This will take between 4-6 hours. Serve on thick sliced bread. Serve with a warm beet salad, the recipe of which is provided here.

Warm Beet Salad

1 tbsp Butter

4 small Beets, sliced thin

1 tbsp Scallions, sliced

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Lettuce – any variety

8 oz Goat Cheese

In a sauté pan, melt the butter, then add the beets, scallions, and lemon juice. Sauté until beets are tender. Drain off the juice, then add the beets to a bed of lettuce. Any mixed greens will do. Top with goat (or any other very soft) cheese. The goat cheese can be warmed just prior to adding to to the salad. This is a simple salad that can be enjoyed with many meals, as well as alone during hot months. Bon appetit!

We paired this with a Sancerre from France. This particular one was a crisp white with hints of flowers, minerality, and spices. The Sancerre region produces Sauvignon Blanc wine, so when you purchase a white “Sancerre”, you’re getting a Sauvignon Blanc grape 100% of the time. The minerality of this wine went well with the natural earthy flavors of the beets. Combined, the wine really brings out the spice in the pork, and the floral notes popped against the smell of the seasonings, especially the anise. The flavors of the wine were strong enough to make a good pairing with the dinner, which was a fun discovery, considering that pulled pork is not usually paired with this sort of French wine–even if other spicy foods are. Sauvignon Blanc is a good standby for spicy asian dishes.

Steel Wine Barrels – A Durable And Cost-Saving Storage Alternative

Being easy to clean, hygienic, durable and cost-saving storage alternatives, stainless steel wine barrels are getting popular among the wineries. Comparing with traditional wooden barrels, they are more beneficial with their stable chemical and physical attributes.

Barrels are probably the oldest form for wine storage and still play a vital role in wine production process. Until the advent of stainless steel tanks, fermentation and aging in oak barrels was preferred for the premium wines. But taste and aroma of wine gets affected negatively, so the wineries started to find new alternatives for the oak barrels to store the wine. In this regard, stainless steel barrels appear to be the best alternative being durable and cost effective.

Aging of wine is a significant part of wine making process that can change the taste of the wine. The wineries are now becoming more conscious about the type of barrels the wine is stored in. Being less expensive to maintain and long lasting in use, steel wine barrels have emerged as the most preferred option for wine storage. When comparing with wooden barrels, they don’t erode quickly, hence they are not required to be replaced as often. As the steal is impervious to oxygen, it helps to minimize wine oxidation without changing the taste of the wine. Using stainless steel, the barrels can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and designs, quite difficult to do with wood or cement. Additionally, steel barrels facilitate the dry and cleaning storage and don’t affect the wine aroma.

Durability and inertness are the admirable features of stainless steel making it the suitable container for wine. Oak barrels, have a short life span, while the stainless wine barrels can be used for a longer period of time. With steel barrels, there is no need for the coating of paraffin wax, glass or epoxy resin and they can control the temperature smoothly during the fermentation, due to the heat-transfer property. Comparing the cost with oak barrels, steel barrels are more affordable options. The steel is neutral and doesn’t affect the taste and aroma of the wine stored in it. So, they are quite useful for the experimental batches of the wine which need neutral storage containers.

While purchasing the steel barrels for wine production and storage, it is highly required to ensure that the steel has an appropriate level of chromium and nickel content. Chromium oxide provides the anti-corrosive properties to the steel and the nickel facilitates soldering and promotes corrosion resistance. It is also important to avoid the tank that has any scratch on the inner surface. This can keep the remnant of previous wine in the scratches and affect the flavor of the wine currently stored in the barrel. Do remember that the wine barrels should be purchased from a reputable source. Some manufacturers have their websites catering to the needs for all kind of steel wine barrels. Do your homework online and search a reliable manufacturer to purchase the wine containers matching your needs and budget. While selecting the steel wine barrels for your wine production and storage, make sure that they are easy to clean and durable to use.