Candy and Wine Pairings to Halloween Like An Adult

Whether we’re stealing “fun sized” pieces from our kids’ Halloween bags till we’ve gotten to king size status or giving in to the office supply, candy during the month of October is extremely hard to avoid. Suffice to say, these candy and wine pairings are proof that there are better ways to Halloween like an adult.

Nerds – Champagne
These fruit flavored candies may be tiny but the bubbles give a major boost that anyone would toast to

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Tawny Port
While peanut butter and chocolate were clearly made for each other, try adding in the caramel tones of a tawny port – you’re welcome

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Royal Oporto Tawny 10 Years

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Skittles – Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting the rainbow has now met it’s match.

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Dombeya Sauvignon Blanc

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Candy Corn – Chardonnay
This Halloween staple brings a sweetness that becomes down right refreshing when paired with a buttery chardonnay. Plus who isn’t a fan of alliterations

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Rusack Chardonnay

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Snickers – Merlot
Hungry? Then pop open something with cherry and spicy notes

Columbia Wine C. Suggestion: Paumanok Merlot

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The Best Small Scale Wine Storage Ideas for the Cellar Minded Wine Lovers

Before the “tiny house” trend invaded with nomads preaching their minimalist ways, there was New York City. Now we can all agree that the pros to living in the greatest city are endless, but then there’s the issue of storage. Shoeaholics have battled the closet situation of tiny apartments, or lack there of for decades and for us cellar minded wine lovers, it is no different. We dream of endless wine racks and the sweet scent of rich mahogany in a temperature controlled setting but, the reality is quite the contrast. While the number of bottles we store may be limited by the meager amount of square footage allotted to us by the New York real estate gods, here are some of the best options for storing wine in our small scale spaces to get us by.

Go Up – Wall Mounted Wine Racks

Is it art? Is it a sign of trust in our level eye and drill work? From the modern stylings of brushed nickel to a rustic refurbished milk crate, we all have some wall space that needs some liquid love.

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Wall Mounted Racks by Bomus and Stact

Go Up (Higher) – Hanging Wine Racks

For many, the ceiling tends to be just that, a ceiling – maybe a horizontal wall, if you will. Light fixtures, sure. The occasional pot rack, why not? But let’s be honest, it goes wine > chandelier > fan.

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Hanging Wine Rack by Wine Enthusiast Companies

Double Up – Dual Purpose Furniture

What’s better than a side table? A side table that doubles as a bar cart without taking up the extra space! DIYer’s can relish in the endless options to reinvent current furniture status quos. Old card catalogue? New wine rack. The Dewey Decimal system would be so proud.

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Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces by HGTV

And for all the stealthy collectors out there, you can always resort to prying open those floor boards and hiding away that bordeaux that will only be opened for special guests like Oprah, Queen Elizabeth or a Robert Parker esque wine aficionado.

What are you drinking this Sunday?

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Whether you are rooting from Carolina or Denver, we can all agree that watching the big game is not the same without good eats and lots of drinks.

According to the New York Times, wine is taking front and center in stadiums and homes across the United States. Wine sales have been steadily increasing faster than beer sales, especially around Super Bowl time, which is a reflection of the changing preferences of younger fans and an increase in women who watch the game.

Whether you are drinking beer, wine, or spirits, we have everything you need for the big day!

We are offering 10% off all bourbon this weekend Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Just mention this promo at the register!

How to Make Mulled Wine

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Temperatures have (finally) dropped, and there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day, and kicking back with a warm drink. Sure, you may be thinking coffee, tea, or hot cider, but what about mulled wine?

Warm and flavorful, mulled wine is a hot beverage of red wine with various spices. European in origin, mulled wine has been consumed for thousands of years. And for good reason. It’s delicious.

And guess what? Mulled wine is not just for the holiday season, but is wonderful to enjoy all throughout winter.

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A Case for Boxed Wine

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Boxed wine.

You’ve seen it on the shelves of your local wine and spirits shop. Maybe even stopped a moment to ponder if you should buy it, but decided against it because it can’t possibly be as good as bottled wine… right?

Wrong.

If your only experience with boxed wine is a case of Franzia, then you have some catching up to do.

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The winemaking process for boxed and bottled wine is the same, which means that boxed wine can be just as good, or even better than your favorite bottle.

Here are more reasons why you should not judge a wine by its (cardboard) cover and pick up a box:

More bang for your buck – Boxes usually hold 1 – 4 750 ml bottles. Also, the money saved on packaging and shipping is passed on to the consumers, making  boxed wine less expensive overall.

It lasts longer – As the wine is consumed, the vacuum-packed inner bag shrinks, keeping pesky wine-destroying oxygen out. Boxed wine can last for weeks compared to a bottle that only lasts mere hours or days.

There’s no cork taint – Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, only to be met with a moldy sort of smell, making it completely undrinkable? That’s cork taint. No cork = a perfect glass every time.

Environmentally friendly – Did you know that bottles have twice the amount of a carbon imprint as boxes? That’s definitely something to consider the next time that you are picking a selection.

At Columbia Wine Co., we have a few boxed wines for you to choose from and we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Here is one of our favorites:

Pepperwood Grove Big Green Box Wine – $24.99

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Available in 3 L boxes (the equivalent of four bottles of wine), we carry Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with aromas of ripe cherries, baking spices and vanilla. It has enticing flavors of cranberry, red raspberry, and caramel.

Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay is rich with flavors of green apple and poached pear with honey. It has aromas of apple compote, fresh spearmint, and baking spices.

You can order Pepperwood Grove online or shop in our store.

Cheers!