Wine Decor, Hostess Gifts and Tabletop Essentials

You don’t have to be a wine enthusiast to appreciate the fun home decorating possibilities of a wine theme. From repurposing corks and wine bottles to create a design all your guests will envy to personalized gifts to please your generous host or hostess, Lakeside is filled with wine decor products everyone will appreciate.

Tasteful Decor for Wine Enthusiasts
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The Metal Monogram Wine Cork-Holder adds a distinctive look to your dining room or kitchen, especially when you fill it up with the corks left over from your favorite wines. Just start from the bottom and try to fill up the entire letter. Get multiple letters to spell out your name or wine-related words for a truly unique design.

As long as you’re reusing your corks, why not reuse a wine bottle too? Light My Bottle adds a dazzling touch to your tabletop. Simply thread the 42″ light string through the top of any bottle that’s at least 9″ tall, place the pole inside and click the on/off switch on the top to watch the 15 beautiful fairy lights illuminate the interior.

Gifts for Your Host or Hostess
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The Set of 4 Personalized Travertine Stone Coasters makes a great gift for almost any occasion, but it’s the ideal gift for a wine-tasting or dinner party. Each stone coaster protects your table surfaces from water rings. The cork design on the bottom helps prevent scratches. Personalize the coasters with the recipient’s name.

Monogram Wine Gift Set makes it easy to add a thoughtful, personal touch to that wine-tasting, dinner party, housewarming, birthday or wedding. The classy gift set comes with a metal coaster and wine stopper. Each piece has an identical monogram worked into its design, and comes in a stylish box that’s ready for giving.

Don’t Forget the Tabletop
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Add a romantic touch to your decor or set the scene for an elegant party with Set of 2 LED Taper Candles. Each candle has a wax coating and gives off an amber glow that looks beautiful in a floral arrangement or centerpiece. Timer lets you set the candles to automatically turn on at a desired time and off after 6 hours.

Organize the eating necessities on your tabletop with an elegant Buffet Caddy. Each caddy features a lovely scroll design that complements existing decor. The Plate Caddy provides quick, easy access to plates, while the Flatware & Napkin Caddy has 3 separate sections for utensils and an open space for holding napkins.

Wine and Dine: Tips on Wine Tasting, Pairing and Stains

The world of wine is huge and constantly growing. Whether you enjoy a glass of your favorite vintage on the weekend or throw together wine-tastings as often as football parties, there’s always room to grow. Check out tips on pairing wine with cheese or grilled foods, and tips on stains in this wine and dine article showcase.

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Holiday Wine & Cheese Guide: Tips on Choosing the Right Vintage
Wine and cheese provide the perfect one-two punch for any and every type of social gathering. Many adults know what kind of wine they prefer, but deciding what kind of cheese to pair with their favorite vintage might be a bigger mystery. Learn about some of the best combinations with our holiday wine and cheese guide.

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Tips on Getting Red Wine and Other Tough Stains Out of Clothes
Few stains are more demoralizing than red wine stains. But with a packed holiday social calendar, spills are inevitable, which means your favorite outfit might be in danger. Red wine stains aren’t the end of the world, and shouldn’t mean the end of the party. Rest easy with tips on getting wine and other stains out of clothes.

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Gourmet Grill: Advice on Pairing Grilled Food with Wine
With summer winding down, there aren’t going to be many more months to get outside and cook on the grill; and traditionally, grilled foods are associated with beer or mixed drinks, not wine. Try out something new on the grill before summer ends and keep the grill going in fall by learning what grilled foods go best with wine.

Red And White Wine Glasses – What Is The Difference?

wine-glassesAs a regular or occasional drinker of wine, you may have found yourself wondering what the difference is between red and white wine glasses. Perhaps you just want to avoid an embarrassing social faux pas. The red wine glass is just a little wider – why does it matter if you pick one shape of glass over another? The truth is, you should select the correct wine glass shape as it affects the experience of the tasting.

Red Wine Glass
The bowl of a red wine glass is taller, wider and rounder in shape because this allows for more oxygen to come into contact with the liquid. This helps to enhance both the taste and the smell of the wine – and also why you should give red wine time to breathe once you’ve opened a bottle. The bowl of a red wine glass is wider so that it can be held comfortably in the palm of your hand, as when drinking red wine it does not matter if your body temperature affects the temperature of the wine.

White Wine Glass
White wine glasses tend to have a smaller bowl as they don’t require oxidation like red wine does. In fact, oxidation is likely to mask the delicate overtones of the wine. This means that many white wine glasses have a smaller mouth to reduce the surface area, to preserve a crisper clean flavor. White wine should be drank by holding the stem – as it is often served chilled it helps to prevent the temperature being affected by warm hands.

Champange Glass
Sparkling champagne will be served in flutes, which are designed to be even thinner – this is so that it is exposed to even less oxygen so that it will retain its fizz for longer.

Size and Shape
You’ll notice the differences that the size and shape of a glass make to the flavor and smell of a drink if you test it with a drink you’re more familiar with on a daily basis. For example, if you try your normal tea or coffee in a plastic or polystyrene cup, you’ll notice the experience is not as enjoyable. The material of your cup or mug will affect the taste, the smell and possibly its coloring.

So when choosing a wine glass to buy, if in doubt, think about how your senses will be affected during the tasting experience. For example a clear, colorless glass will allow you to fully appreciate the color of your drink, while a large glass will allow you to value the aroma. Choose wine glasses with a large enough stem to hold when serving so that you don’t leave fingerprints on the stem. Forever Crystal is a good bet for wine glasses to suit any taste and budget – from contemporary to traditional, they’ve got it covered.

Wine Club
If you’re a new wine drinker, the Sunday Times Wine Club will be able to answer many other questions you may have, such as the best way to taste wine, the ideal temperature to serve and how to store your wine properly.

By Gemma Benning. This post was been written in partnership with Forevercrystal.co.uk and Gemma, to bring you the best advice on wine etiquette. Gemma has been working in events and promotions for the last three years and is currently working on a super yatch.