Prosecco: Not The Best Valentines Day Wine Choice?

When people think of wine during Valentine’s day, they want the sweetest, great-tasting wine out in the store. While it is a fact that sparkling wine is commonly used for events like ribbon-cutting ceremonies and social gatherings with clients and business associates. Any event that is either sophisticated or with style, prosecco is one of the top choices.

People automatically gets the idea that red wine is perfect for Valentines because its “red”, and the taste of it is packed with sweetness and low alcohol content makes your evening pass smoothly. Believe it or not, Prosecco is actually low in alcohol content guaranteed that you won’t feel the weight when you take a sip of it.

Prosecco isn’t just another bubbly wine out there. It comes from the Veneto region in northeast Italy. It is an Italian white wine. It is made from Glera grapes, formerly known also as Prosecco, but other grape varieties may be included. Also, prosecco has both a fruity and sometimes flowery aroma.

 

Fun fact: Bubbles from Prosecco usually last longer than beer but not as long as Champagne.

The taste is can be best described as sparkly (and fruity). Though considered a sparkling wine, Champagne is different because of its cheesier taste. Prosecco leaves a lighter after taste and often have hints of tropical fruits, banana cream, hazelnut, vanilla and honeycomb. They are aged in large tanks with lesser pressure compared to other wines. Most Prosecco wines are produced dry or brut.

Did you know that Prosecco is extremely versatile at the dinner table? Processo is a wine that is greatly paired with nearly anything you could be serving, from meats like chicken, beef, pork, various kinds of fruits, noodles, sushi, tofu and anything that is a bit sweet and spicy.

And that’s not all. Prosecco isn’t expensive. Expect other people to purchase more than 2 bottles of Prosecco so people can have an extra glass! And I forgot to mention that you can also pair Prosecco with desserts, sweets, and candies too. It is recommended that Prosecco is best served cold at above 35 degrees Fahrenheit or 3 degrees Celsius.

 

If you’re about to say ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day but without a wine bottle to have? Don’t forget that you have a trusty partner at your side. I can say that Prosecco is a great choice if you want the sweetest Valentine’s day this 2018. Get a bottle of Prosecco while stocks last this Valentine’s day. We have a lot of amazing Prosecco brands online by clicking here. Or you can visit our shop and get great offers and discounts.

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How Can You Make Your Valentines Day Truly Special

It is a fact that Valentine’s Day, was also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine in older days. It is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It was known as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. It has been a special day of love especially for couples around the world.

Did you know that people spend a lot to get fancy chocolate boxes, lovely bouquet of flowers, and even gadgets to get our loved ones feel very special? It has been known that some people are also as thoughtful as they are this Valentines season. Well if you are someone who does not want to spend a lot these days, then don’t worry about it. A romantic day does not always need to be fancy and expensive.

Well first off, a sweet kiss and a comfy hug would go along great to start the day bright. There are also other ways to make your loved one truly special like spending time even at home watching great shows at Netflix. Get those romantic MP3s ready for playing, prepare the house for a quality Valentines night. Prepare an inexpensive, home-cooked meal for an evening romantic dinner that is so great, you will be talking about it with your lover for a long time. Then there is good old cocktail if you are a wine lover. I recommend the Robin’s Nest, Romeo and Juliet, and the Red Currant Champagne cocktail recipes to spice your Valentines night up.

If you want to want to give a gift but don’t want to spend a lot to get something really special, try getting her something warm like mittens and scented candles that comes in a fancy container. If he/she is a gamer who loves to play great games out there, get him/her something like Origin Access.

 

And if you don’t have a special someone, don’t fret. Loving yourself doesn’t make you crazy at all. In fact, appreciating who you are and loving your life improves that chances of finding that special someone in the end or even learning something that passions you best.

Treat yourself depending on your interests and hobbies. Cook something you didn’t prepare at all yet and love the results. Or even go home to your family or relatives and express your appreciation and love for them. Do charity work and make people smile. And always remember that Valentine’s day is not exclusive to the couples and lovebirds around. Show some love to the world and appreciate the things around you. Enjoy your day!

Ten Valentines Wine Picks That Will Make Heart Flutter

It is the month of the hearts. People considered Valentines day as a celebration of romantic lovebirds everywhere. Candies, flowers, roses, and everything nice is around again this year. Restaurants rejoice as their place will be filled with lovers and couples dining out and spending quality time. Cinemas also filled with lovers watching a movie while some stay at home for a fabulous homemade dinner. Still single? Don’t worry about it. You can still celebrate Valentines day with friends and family. Love does not end with romantic partners you know.

What’s better way to celebrate Valentines day is selecting the best-tasting wine which does not have to be expensive to make it special. Here are ten of them you can choose depending on what fancies you. Take a look:

  1. Barefoot Sweet Red is a ripe and juicy wine with delicious flavors of raspberry, pomegranate & luscious cherry. Excellent served chilled!

 

 

  1. Bartenura Brachetto Sweet Red has aromas of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries will fill your nose, while flavors of plums, ripe berries and a gentle bubble fill your mouth.

 

  1. Chateau De Chambert Cahors is all-natural, no added yeast, etc. De-stemming and Hand sorting Separation of vineyard parcels into individual tanks.

 

  1. Luscious Vines Rosato is semi-sweet soft and mellow, with a charming hint of rose petals and raspberries. Delight in its lush fruitness and pleasant, lingering finish.

 

  1. Predator Zinfandel is sourced from 50+ year old vines that produce rich and intensely flavored fruit. The resulting wine is big and bold with hallmark “old vine” velvety texture, spice and vibrant varietal flavors.

 

  1. The Pinot Project has a full and silky mouth feel, with just the right amount of acidity to complement a variety of dishes. The wine is 100% stainless steel fermented with the caps receiving periodic punchdowns, before finishing dry with just a kiss of oak.

 

  1. Franzia is a light-bodied red that is made to be served chilled. More body and flavor than blush wine, softer than traditional red wines. Pairs well with lighter foods.

 

  1. Dark Horse Pinot Noir is a velevety smooth, almost creamy flavor wave. Luscious, velvety and cherry flavors texture dance on the palate.The light notes of molasses help lift the fruit and floral character. This Pinot Noir offers a balanced palate with a subtle sweetness.

 

  1. Columbia Winery Red Blend is primarily a blend of Merlot and Syrah. Sourced from Washington’s finest growing regions, the supple Red Blend wine has a solid, fruit-forward foundation of fresh blackberry, cassis and blueberry flavors, with hints of ripe raspberry and red cherry. Soft, approachable tannins are enhanced on the medium-bodied palate with Syrah’s notes of pepper and clove, with a mouth-filling texture. Notes of vanilla, toasted oak and brown spice linger on the Red Blend’s long finish.

 

  1. Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge has a deep ruby color. Intense nose with spicy notes (especially black pepper) and red berries. This very balanced wine offers very round tannins and fresh berries aromas, with some floral and spicy flavors. Very easy to match. With simple dishes such as pizzas, kebabs,charcuterie, vegetable pies or salads to more ambitious cuisine liketerrines, poultry (guineafowl, turkey…), roasted or grilled meats.

 

And there you have it. These wines are available at our store so be sure to shop in our online store or visit our store where you can see our amazing wine table discount and other specials!

Five Quick And Healthy Recipes In Less Than An Hour

February is perhaps a special day for football lovers like myself. I’m very excited for Super Bowl! Did you know that Super Bowl has been around since the 60s? Earlier days were indeed interesting especially when ALF and NLF had a merging which was announced on the evening of June 8, 1966.

The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls defeating the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders following the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

After the Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger. At the time, many doubted the competitiveness of AFL teams compared with their NFL counterparts, though that perception changed when the AFL’s New York Jets defeated the NFL’s Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in Miami.

Under the merger agreement, the leagues maintained separate regular-season schedules for the next four seasons from 1966 through 1969 and then officially merged before the 1970 season to form one league with two conferences. This gave birth to Super Bowl which ran until today.

And this 2018 will be a great time for Super Bowl. If you’re like me who wants something to munch, let me share these five quick and healthy recipes which I have in times like these:

20-Minute Chicken Thighs and Couscous with Dill

Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts is a smart way to make sure the meat stays moist and flavorful. Plus, the grape tomatoes soften under the heat of the broiler, adding more juicy goodness to the chicken. Lots of lemon, plus dill and oregano, give the dish a Greek feel.

 

Greek Yogurt Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great way to start a day! Greek yogurt goes fantastically with hot oats and makes it creamier, adds protein, and most important of all makes a standard bowl of oatmeal phenomenal! Sprinkle with some more cinnamon, if you desire.

All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders

An upgrade of a traditional finger food, these chicken tenders are sure to be a total touchdown! They have a serious kick.

Whole Grain Chex Mix

Use whole grain cereal and crackers for a healthy, and amazingly addictive snack mix. Pack it in mason jars for a DIY stocking stuffer!

Deviled Eggs

A dish that is best served cold… (I’m not talking about revenge from Khan’s well-known line from Star Trek II) as a side dish, appetizer or a main course, often for holidays or parties.

And there you have it. If you’re planning to go to a wine shop, be sure to visit Columbia Wine Co. and our 10% discount on all brand of spirits. Enjoy your day!

Three Main Reasons Why Wine Is Good For Your Health

Some might not agree that wine is a healthy choice for anyone who wanted a healthy kind of living. There are some who says it’s not good for you and can have some bad effects in either your heart or liver, heck even your rationality and focus might even be thrown off-balance. If you’re thinking of wine as your body’s enemy, then you may want to think again.

 

There have been some recent studies that wine is actually good for you, if you drink moderately. Which is why wine is often used especially in extremely cold weathers like the North Pole. It helps regulate your body warmth. Doctors greatly approve it too! And without further ado, here are three main reasons why:

  1. Wine will make you live longer that you know it

A glass of wine a day may reduce the risk of infections that can cause gastritis, ulcers, stomach cancers, even food poisoning caused by germs like salmonella when people are exposed to contaminated food and uncooked meats like sushi. Also, in red wines is “resveratrol”, a key ingredient that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots. It can even help you unclog your arteries too.

  1. Wine keeps the mind focus and even enhances your memory

Did you know that wine keeps the mind sane and also boosts your memory? There was a study conducted that gave some written tests to selected willing volunteers and what they have found was amazing. Study show that people who drank at least one glass or more have better results when it comes to memory over those who only drank less to none.

  1. Wine is your partner in fitness, body weight and bone health

Wine can also build you better bones as much as milk. A moderate wine consumption can give you an increased bone mineral density for women. Men can also benefit from the bone strength wine can give. It can also be a supporter of weight loss for people who wants to lose some pounds to wear that dream clothing they’ve always wanted to have. Plus, wine is a stress reliever. That’s why some mothers love red wine complete their tiring day and cure that common cold too.

And I need to remind you. Wine can be a good friend if enjoyed moderately. Nothing’s healthy with too much. Always remember that. Also, we offer specials and discounts here at our shop. Be sure to not miss our 10% off on spirits and our wine table specials. Have a good one!

The Best Ways On How To Enjoy Your Spirits

It is a fact that spirits are differentiated in two ways: either they’re distilled, or having higher average ABVs, from 20% to levels as high as 80 or 90% ABV. It is basically the biggest, brawniest older brother of the alcohol family.  In other words, drinking sprits in its own is as heavy as lifting heavier weightlifting equipment in gyms.

Ever wondered why they call this liquor “Spirits”? Well, there’s a lot of story behind that but they say back in the day, during the earlier days, alchemists were more concerned with medical elixirs than with turning lead into gold. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process (as with distillation of alcohol) was called a spirit of the original material hence the term. There is also a fact in other countries that if you leave a soft drink like Coca-Cola open, it’s “spirit” leaves and when you drink it, it tastes flat and the fizz disappears completely.  This is why Spirits has a lot of essence that give a strong taste.

There are some ways that you can improve drinking hard liquors. These pointers may help you out in the long run:

  • Keeping your Spirits chilled can enhance the essence of it. Even some drinkers enjoy Spirits with a glass filled with ice. Always remember to gently stir the ice to enhance the mood too.
  • Never overfill your glass also apply in hard drinks like spirits. How can you enjoy it if you are too soon or too much to drink? You can pass out quickly and will make you fear for the worse in the future.
  • As much as possible (especially for new liquor connoisseurs) is if you have a gut feeling that you can’t take it yet, think about it and acknowledge that calling. Don’t be embarrassed. Try getting used to the liquor that you know until you try the harder stuff. One step at a time, my friend!
  • Get a matching side dish like cheese or lime to improve the taste. Some even make cocktails out of Spirits so you can even love it.
  • Did you know that when you’re in a good mood for a glass of Spirits can further make it taste better than forcing it into you? Sounds simple enough.
  • Two words: Drink moderately and live (or fight) another day. Believe me, you should do that so you can try other awesome brands soon.

And there they are. I hope these can help you enjoy your time when you sip a glass of Spirits. And speaking of that, we have a 10% off on all brands of Spirits in our store. Be sure to watch out for it.

 

 

Five Basics To Remember When Enjoying Your Wine

I know. Wine drinking can be it’s pretty straightforward to drink your wine and enjoy it all the way. You don’t have to make it fancy to love it. Did you know that you can do even the smallest of things to make your wine tasting better than its typically is? If you agree, then you’re not far from getting the best wine drinking experience. Consider these five basics of wine drinking we think might enhance your bond between you and your wine:

1.  Grab your wine glass by the stem, not the bowl.

Be sure to hold the stem of the glass so that you can see the wine’s clarity, so you don’t smudge up the bowl of the glass, and so that you don’t change the temperature of the wine. The design of a wine glass is not just for shows and giggles. It was designed that way for a specific purpose.

2.  Don’t serve red wine at room temperature

Did you know that serving red wine is best served chilled at around 55-60 degrees 45-50 minutes in a refrigerator after purchase further improves its flavor, leaving the wine drinking experience the best that you’ve ever had for years!

3.  Don’t keep wine in the trunk of your car

Keeping your just-purchased wine in the trunk of your is a big NO-NO. Not only you’ll keep your wine warm but the flavor, the essence and taste will be altered that you might not notice. So be sure it’s secured inside your car where its covered by air conditioning.

4.  Cheap wines are not always the worse

It doesn’t mean that expensive mean premium quality. Some affordable wines may become the greatest wine ever made. Don’t overlook those wine selections which are discounted too. To each its own flavor and made. So, don’t be afraid to try it out.

5.  Never overfill your glass, you’ll be sorry if you do

Have you ever tried an overfilled wine? I know it’s not appealing and it’s not proper. You are correct. It If your glass is too full, it’s much harder to appreciate the aromas properly, and you’ll almost certainly spill if you try to swirl your glass. One-third to 1/2 full is considered proper glass filling. Depending on where you are, you’ll be much safer if you don’t overfill your wine at parties and events like wine-tasting. You can do a little bit more when you’re at home relaxing or having dinner.

 

And that’s it. Remember these basics and I’m sure you’ll be off buying and trying stuff too. Be sure to pair your wine properly with the best food depending on occasion and dish. Also don’t forget to visit our shop for amazing (limited only) offers and delightful special discounts that will surely be a great deal for you.