Posted by admin on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Nothing’s more sophisticated than having dinner with the best wine and most elegant tableware. If you’ve visited a five-star restaurant or hotel, you’ll notice that they have nothing but the best and most elegant tableware you’ve seen. I also have a couple of friends who are into the habit of collecting tableware pieces, but they are only used for important events.
It’s not really a surprise to see elegant tableware designs when you visit a restaurant or hotel. Tableware pieces like dishes, bowls, utensils, and accents are all brought into the kitchen and dining room. Even the chafers and containers for chafing fuel are designed in a way to match these trends.
If you’re looking for some elegant tableware designs or sets for your own version of fine dining at home, check out these beautiful tableware pieces.
1.) Asymmetrical tableware sets. One of the latest trends of tableware designs is the Asymmetrical tableware set. These are impressive and stylish in a very unusual way. The design brings uneven edges and unexpected shapes, and reflects the contemporary design trends for 2013. This set should bring contemporary taste into your kitchen or dining room.
2.) Stainless steel tableware sets. Personally one of my most favourite tableware sets. I vaguely remember my grandmother having a set like this. The concept of this set is simple yet it brings quite the punch when it comes to setting the tone for your dinner.
3.) Ceramic dishes and bowls. If you’re looking for a more traditional design, you’re better off with ceramics. For this year, ceramic bowls and dishes are considered as the most traditional trend. Some ceramic tableware pieces are also heat resistant, so they’re good for people who like to heat things in their oven. Like stainless steel, ceramic dishes and bowls are aesthetically simple and pleasing to look at. They’re also easy to clean because of their smooth surface.
4.) Antique style tableware.Ever wondered what it was like to dine in the Victorian era? Well, this tableware set should give you an idea on how fancy it was to dine back then. The tableware pieces contain intricate designs of flowers and other patterns on the dishes, cups and handles, and even in the utensils.
Fine dining need not be expensive, as long as you have a good set of tableware pieces. With a little bit of creativity and panache, you’ll be able to match the ambience of classy restaurants.
Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
There are quite a number of benefits to serving alcoholic drinks in your restaurant. The first and most obvious would be the fact that you will have more customers, which means better income for your business. During the past decade, restaurants have jumped into the bandwagon of including alcoholic drinks and mixes along with the standard wine selection included in their menu. Some even hire professional alcohol servers in this regard, which only proves how lucrative this side of the menu is to any restaurant. Serving this new breed of menu selection has redefined modern wining and dining experiences. No wonder why restaurants are demanding to hire professional people in this regard.
When you are thinking of serving alcoholic drinks in your restaurant, you might want to hire a licensed liquor server who can do that job for you. Licensed liquor servers are people who underwent proper training in order for them to serve alcohol responsibly and properly. They know the proper procedure on how to serve alcohol to your customers. For example, they know not to serve alcohol to minors, to those who are not in good condition as it may cause accidents, and they know the right amount of alcohol to serve your patrons.
A licensed alcohol server also knows how make your customers satisfied as they can also suggest a good wine to pair with their meal. Their formal training includes discussions about the basic concepts on how to choose the alcoholic drink that best suits a particular different type, texture and genre of food preparation. Servers are also trained to assess client alcohol intake, politely offering them water or assistance whenever necessary. They are also well trained in handling unpleasant occurrences that happen whenever clients have much to drink, following standard procedures as in keeping a record of the occurrences of refusal of alcohol drink from a customer in the manager’s log. Hence, hiring a well trained alcohol server will significantly improve how your restaurant bar would operate.
Thankfully, online professional alcohol server’s training is available online and anywhere around the world. RSA NSW online offers comprehensive courses for responsible service of alcohol. Business proprietors and restauranteurs may either have their staff attend and complete these courses or invite individuals who have recently completed the course and to join and complete their staff.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment
Are you one of those people who collect wines? Or those people who love to have a great pile of wine bottles? Many people in the world have many kinds of hobby and fad in life. They might be simple, others are unique and some are very weird to comprehend. But still, they are all just the same.
Wine collection is among the worthwhile hobbies any man can have, that’s because we all know that as the wine ages it develops a much more distinct taste, which appraises its market value. In old times, they use the barrel to stack and age wines for years, and sometimes for decades. But what about modern middle class people like us? We don’t have a vineyard or even a wine cellar to stack up all our wine bottle collection. And sometimes it creates a chaos between you and the other member of the household.
One way to stack up a wine bottle is by making a perfect wine holder. Haberdashery around the world offers many kinds of different designs and sizes in their stores that you can use as a pattern in creating your own wine holder. All you need to do is just go directly to their store, pick and purchase the best design you like and start building it. You can save money and enjoy the whole process of making it. Creating your very own vintage wine bottle holder is easy, it’s just a piece of a pie. You can also surf the internet for different kinds of pattern to choose from, as well as various designs, in this way, you can save more money. Many people have even posted some tips on how to create or make this type of project. All you need to have are some sewing materials, old and unused cloths and some great patterns. There are many websites that offer tutorial regarding this matter. They even come to your house for a personal demo and tutorial for your convinience.
In some stores, they offer or sell many patterns and give tips on how you can make your wine holders. You can have it hang over or even pin to your wall. There are many ideas you can find about how to create wine holder so use your resources and make your own.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
You’re finally popping the big question to your long-time sweetheart and you’re excited and jumpy at the same time.Who wouldn’t be? It’s going to be a big leap to the next chapter of your life and who knows what comes next. But you want to make your wedding proposal a sweet memorable one so you’re thinking of doing it over a good dinner with the best tasty wine and of course the engagement ring. And it’s not just going to be any kind of wine and any ring it’s going to be the best wine and it’s definitely going to be one of the many selections of opal rings.
With its exquisite and unique appearance, opal engagement rings are the alternative to the usual diamond, emerald, and gold band rings. With opal rings, you are not limited to the sparkle and shine as they can have every color in the visible spectrum. They’re basically multi-colored,as it produces that ‘rainbow’ glow that only opals have. But don’t fret if your betrothed is an ultimate lover of diamonds. You can still have the best of both worlds. There are ring designs that both incorporate opal gemstone and diamonds. It can be a very special and very beautiful 14K gold genuine opal engagement ring accented by two sparkling diamonds with the opal stone looking majestically pretty with a soft pink shade. It’s perfect for a very girly, feminine woman. There are also those come in a simple yet elegant design like a multi-colored opal stone mounted on a gorgeous white gold or surrounded by 12 round diamonds.
But don’t get too excited yet on your ring options. You’ll want to find the perfect wine to celebrate the moment assuming the answer’s going to be a big fat yes. Contrary to the belief of many, good wine is neither expensive nor old. So how do you choose? Here are some key points to remember when you’re out shopping for the perfect wine:
Appearance isn’t everything. The bottle looks highly presentable but surely that’s not going to be your basis. Check out the full package before you purchase no matter how enticing the front label can be.
Swirl and sniff. The two S’s are the basic rules to wine tasting. It’s not going to be easy for starters but you’ll eventually master the techniques of tasting.
Use your taste bud. Your tongue will finally be the judge whether you like the taste or not. Take a sip after swirling and sniffing and figure out how many different flavors you can pick up on.
Go for what you really like. See? Wine tasting isn’t so hard at all. Taste is subjective so the one you like is the best wine. But don’t limit yourself to buying the one same wine. Explore the world of wine and you might just catch another one that suits your taste.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments
Wines and electronic gadgets are both items which can be properly and orderly kept by holders designed not only to put them securely in place but also to add decorative value in our homes. It is no longer enough that these items are functional but that at the same time, they must be stylish. The web is the venue to find the perfect wine rack or holder for your home with major online shopping sites offering an extensive number of designs to choose from. For popular tech gadgets like iPhones and iPads, holdmyphone.com.au will be an excellent site to check out.
Here are some stylish and elegant samples that I found on the web. Take the time to check these out and learn new ways to showcase your valuable gadgets and wine collection.
First is this Scroll 12 Bottle Wine Rack made from sturdy and durable steel that will ensure long period of use as well as black shade finish to easily blend into most home décor and design. This is multi-tiered for effective storage and it has carry handles for easy transfer from room to room or to any counter.
Another is the Anchor Home Collection Bamboo Wine Rack with Espresso Finish defined by a design that combines both modern aesthetic and Asian influence. Made by Anchor Hocking, this bamboo wine rack with beautiful three curved shelves and bottom base, can hold up to 12 bottles of wine. It likewise features two tall supports with espresso finish. This rack is simply a stylish way to display those equally delightful bottles you have at home.
One more example is this Winsome Wood 24-Bottle Beechwood Wine Rack/Glass Holder, which provides compact and economical housing for both wines and stemware. Made of solid beechwood, this wine and glass holder has four rows high and six holders across with the glass-hanging rack above. You can check this out at Amazon.
There is no shortage of container products as well, when it comes to finding electronic gadget holders like iPad and iPhone stands on the web. Example is the minimalist designed Joule stand that can hold iPad in landscape or portrait mode. It comes in aluminum, or anodized silver or black. Another is a lap desk called “Plyboo” or bamboo and plywood. It is very lightweight but a very stylishiPad stand.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Wine tasting is always a great idea when hosting gatherings with friends and the outdoor swimming pool area will be a perfect venue to hold it. This will be a relaxing and cool place to have meaningful and fun conversations while enjoying various types of wines and food. But first you need to prepare the pool area to make it fit for the occasion. You can simply or elaborately turn it into a rustic vineyard place depending on practicality and time. A friend of mine for instance hosted a similar party and have her pool area paved by rustically looking natural stones from Pioneer Pavers to make the whole thing authentic or true to the occasion.
Of course you can always have your own unique take on how to make your pool area perfect for wine tasting parties. Just make it cozy and relaxing for everybody as these gatherings are always great for unwinding and easing off stress. If you are looking for ideas on how to host a delightful wine tasting party by the pool, here are some helpful advices from party planners and event organizers that you can follow.
There are different types of wine tasting party themes and deciding which one will be your choice is among the initial considerations. For instance, vertical wine tasting is sampling a series of wines based on vintage years while horizontal wine tasting is focusing on a variety of wines made in a single year but by multiple producers. There is also the old world vs. new world wine tasting theme, which compares wine produced from the “Old World” such as France, Italy, Germany and “New World” North America, South Africa and Australia. You can also choose to have wine and cheese tasting, which tests various wine and cheese combinations to determine the palate influence of a particular cheese on a particular wine.
For a group of less than 8, six wines will be ideal. It should include for instance a prosecco, which isa fruity, sparkling wine, two whites, and three red wines. More than that, have two bottles of each wine. Make sure that each guest has his or her own champagne, white, and red glass wine glass.During the wine tasting proper, experts recommend as a rule of thumb to begin with the lightest whites to the heaviest reds. You should take about 5-minute intervals in between pours. If you are serving cheese with your wine here are some recommended combinations by experts: Sauvignon Blanc and Humboldt fog goat cheese, Chardonnay and Hudson Valley Camembert and Malbec and Piave.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Plants are refreshing and invigorating. They give a different twist in a home or offices especially when they are creatively positioned. Many indoor plants hire Sydney based businesses today are consulted by people to bring nature inside their homes to feel the natural elements around them. Today, people can take pleasure in nature in comfort of their own homes with a bottle of the best wine in the city.
Wine bottles are often come as slim and elegantly crafted bottles that complement the tasteful elements of the wine it contains. Aside from aesthetics, these bottles are designed to provide an excellent environment for the long aging, which some wines demand. Its design is also made to attract and influence the choice of the customers in buying the product.
One experiment was made in Scotland and they found out that a large number of wine drinkers are not able to recognize a supermarket wine when it is re-bottled as prized vintage Bordeaux. Many wine producers turn to large design studios to create wine bottles for their products and this beautifully crafted piece will be thrown away after finishing the last drop of wine. But there is another way you can use these bottles after consuming the wine. You can actually use these as wine vases for your indoor plant designs to creatively turn your home environment friendly.
Wine vase is a great addition to your home; turning your wine bottles into wine vases is easy. These wine vases look good in your herb garden beside your windows sill. Here’s how to do it.
First, you have to cut your wine bottles in half; you can do this on your own. There are available glass cutting kits you can easily find on craft stores and there are great tutorial sites on the internet that will teach you how to effectively do this effortless. Remember to sand the edges for safety.
To create a great variance and more pleasing look, it is advised to use a dark neck wine bottle combined with clear one; the dark one will serve as the plant holder while the clear one becomes the water container. Make sure that the neck of the dark one will be shorter than the other half so the mouth of the bottle will not touch the other bottle’s floor.
Other things you will need are wire mesh, 2’’ x 2’’, a string, little herb, soil and water. First you have to tie the string securely on the mesh after you can put the mesh inside the neck part of the bottle and gently pulling the string. You can now add the soil and plant the herb. While the other half of the bottle will be filled with water where you will put the neck part of the wine bottle, make a few for all your favorite herbs and your done.
Posted by admin on Jan 30, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
There are safety supplies for almost all sorts of things, but have you even thought of something that will ensure the safety of your fragile delicious aged wines especially when you travel?
Wines are perishable if not handled properly. Through time, it can change its taste, aroma color and mouth feel—for the better or worse, which depends on the earlier argument. This feature is skillfully mastered and manipulated by wine makers to alter the qualities of their wine depending on the taster’s preference.
Aging wine may be simple at first sight but it is a complex combination of right storage, temperature and humidity. It is even proven to react to sunlight, ultra violet light ray in particular; exposure to this can cause the wine to develop free radicals resulting to pre-mature oxidation. Sometimes the older the wine the more expensive it becomes. The most expensive wine in the world costs $168,000 per bottle, the 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Let’s say you have 9 bottles out of the 12 limited bottles of this wine, which was exclusively released by Penfold, amounting to $1,512,000. Will you let these ultra expensive wines o be put to waste due to poor handling and storage? Will you even let a single drop or a bottle of this finely aged wine to be splattered and tasted only by your polished marble floor?
The need to protect rare and usually priceless kinds of wine, such as Leroy Montrachet, Romanee Conti and Chateu d Yquem, especially during travels gave birth to wine luggage. A wine luggage can carry an average range of four to 12 wine bottles, and it works like a protective and covered trolley. The luggage comes with a smooth leather exterior that is padded with a 100 percent cotton interior. This cotton padding does not only give ample cushion to the wine bottles, as it also adds to the proper handling of the wine during the travel. The cotton interior helps maintain the right temperature to preserve the quality of finely aged wine.
In addition to custom designed luggage, a wine caddy that is made of thick yet durable and lightweight aluminum also provides a safe and secure transport for your precious wine bottles. The caddy includes styrene inserts, which help protect the wine more specifically from temperature shifts and damage during transportation. When the wine luggage is treated with leather, wine caddies come in different colors that makes a fun wine bottle transport.
There are other variations of wine luggage, caddy and carry-on storage that you can use in transporting your wines. Wine bottle bags and padded baskets are designed to have special pockets to accommodate wine glassed and cheese. There are wine bottle carrying clutch, tote bags and bottle wine carrier that you can use to carry fine wine as a gift to a friend or client that you plan to visit.
Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off
Wine has been around for ages and ages. In fact, people started drinking wine during the ancient civilizations. This just goes to show just how long wine has been in the world. People currently know that the best wines actually are those that have been fermented and stored in barrels made from wood. However, there are actually some types, which have been made from concrete. With the help of decorative concrete, the wine containers actually look a lot better than just plain gray.
Traveling around the country, you would mostly see that the vineyards are using different types of barrels made from wood to actually ferment the wine. This is because it has been found out that using different types of wood from different trees actually help in making the wine better. There is a certain taste and a certain aroma and a certain texture that such barrels give to the wine. With that, who would believe that using concrete containers to ferment wine could actually bring about good wine?
But it is true. There are wineriesthat make use of concrete containers to be able to ferment the wine that they are creating for the market. You may not know it but the wine that you may be drinking right now may actually be fermented from concrete containers. The truth is, there are tanks made from concrete that are used in Napa Valley as well as in Europe. So this means that concrete is also a good place to ferment wine.
A lot of people believe that such a type of fermentation container is only used recently. However, the truth is, such has been used for a really long time now. It is only until recently that it has made a comeback. But with concrete also being in the market for years and years already, it sure is not surprising to know that people centuries ago also used this material to make containers for fermenting wine.
If you are interested in knowing just how wine tastes when it has aged in a concrete container, you may want to do a little research. You can go to your local store that sells wines and ask them if they have such. If not, you can go online and do a quick search. You may even be able to visit the winery yourself if you see that it is near your area.
Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off
Wine is fine. It is a beverage that a lot of people enjoy. And it has been enjoyed through the ages. It has been around during the earlier civilizations and it still is here until now. So if you would think about it, wine is a culture on its own. Culture includes fashion. What is the kind of fashion that goes well with wine? Do Australian ugg boots look good with wine? Or are coats and sarees better? What is the fashion statement that goes well with wine?
Well, one can say that fashion goes well with anything. If you watch reality television shows of designers, you would be able to notice that they can use various themes to inspire them in creating wonderful masterpieces. With that, it is not surprising if wine is a part of fashion. Wine and fashion go well together since they both are all about class and elegance and style.
The best type of fashion changes with the type of venue or occasion that goes well with the wine. This sure is something that you would notice. For example, if you are going to be in a vineyard and you are just going around on tour, then you would be able to see that there is a certain fashion statement. Here, everything is just laid back. You can be in your jeans and in your comfortable shirts. This is how things roll when it comes to vineyards.
On another note, if you are in a winery and you are staying there for dinner, then you would have to see that there is a certain kind of fashion that goes on. Because it is dinner, you would have to be a lot more refined and dressed up. Men may be wearing some slacks and a good shirt. For women, they can dress up a bit and wear some heels if they choose to.
If you are going to be at a wine tasting party, then you can actually see that there is no single style of fashion that goes on during such. The whole thing usually changes with the kind of theme that the wine tasting party goes around in. So if the host says that the party would be focused on the elegant wines of Europe, then you would have to dress up a bit to be a part of the whole deal. Be sure to ask your host about the theme so you can have the right fashion statement during the party.
Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off
Having an outdoor wine bar at home can be a great thing. Here you can unwind and have a quiet moment to enjoy a glass of wine after a day’s work. In other days, it can also serve as a nice area to entertain friends and visitors. An outdoor bar will also enhance the beauty of your patio, pool area, garden, and other parts of your property where it would be ideal to put it. Depending in the availability of space, purpose, and of course budget, you can choose to install a bar that is small, intimate, and only for your own use or large and ideal for hosting parties and serving many guests.
The perfect outdoor bar will be largely influence by the choice of furniture that you make. There are plenty of designs to consider nowadays so it would not be hard to find a readily available set which is well suited for your home. There are plenty of sites online where you can find beautiful good quality outdoor furniture for your bar from seats, tables, and cabinets. Seats suchas bar stools and chairs will be an important part of the selection and essentially these pieces should be comfortable enough to use.
Let us focus on how to choose the right bar seats and stools from all that are available these days. The selection will vary according to materials, styles and designs. You can choose to have those which are made of wood,metal or plastic, with padded seats, with cushion, with backs, and either have plain or elaborate design. It is always helpful to be keenly aware of your taste or have a sense of style in order to be more decisive when settling on your choice. Otherwise, you can surf the internet and look at plenty of design ideas which can guide you in choosing the right pieces.
One factor that will keep you in focus will be comfort. Regardless of the material, if your purpose is to feel at ease and relax when sitting on that stool or chair, then always go for the comfortable design like a padded stool or seat with back support. Those made from metal may be durable and sturdy but can be hard to sit on. You can always add soft cushions to make these seats more comfortable.
Being outdoor pieces, you will need also to make sure that these seats are durable and easy to maintain. Wooden seats can be beautiful and elegant yet can be damaged by exposure to rain and heat. Choose the furniture materials that are properly treated or have finished, which makes them resistant to the weather and wine or water spills as well as simple to clean. Vinyl is another material which is soft, pliable, and easy to maintain making it a good alternative. For padded seats, leather can be the better option because it is tougher, looks elegant, and easy to maintain also. Leather however can be pricier.
Rattan is a trendy material these days for outdoor furniture because it looks elegant and can be tougher and durable material. It can be a comfortable material also with or without cushion. Maintenance however may be less easy because dirt can trapped and difficult to remove in its woven parts.
Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off
People who wantedto fall asleep much quicker than usual may get help by drinking a glass of wine—red wine in particular. A research conducted by people from the University of Milan showed that red wine helps induce sleepiness. Red wine, in particular, contains the chemical melatonin, which induces sleepiness and improves people’s quality of sleep. Though other studies also revealed that alcohol intake have similar effects to depressant drugs to the central nervous system, it can help people fall asleep as soon as they tucked themselves to their beds. So if you are experiencing difficulty sleeping, having a glass of red wine might do you good.
According to experts, the amount of hormone melatonin that the human body naturally produces in directly proportional to the body’s level of sun exposure. Melatonin hormones are released to the body as a way to tell it that it is time to sleep. Since red wine has melatonin, drinking it at least 1 to 1 ½ hours before sleeping can help people fall into slumber more effectively than other alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, different types of red wines also have varying levels of melatonin with those produced using Nebbiolo grapes, Sangiovese, Croatina, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera grapes among others having high levels of this chemical.
Though alcohol consumed within an hour of bedtime can help people fall asleep there are studies that have shown that it can also disrupt the second half of the sleep period by awakening people from dreams and then giving them difficulty in returning to their slumber. The effect of such disruption can be daytime fatigue and sleepiness. In addition, there are also contrary opinions that pointed out that sleep quality can diminish. For instance the chemical Tyramine found in all fermented beverages, is linked to headaches and can trigger migraines.
Though red wine and other types of wine in general can help people fall asleep, experts are only recommending moderate consumption because excessive wine consumption can result to serious health problems—and you will find it hard to sleep just thinking about them.