I’ve recently been reminded of when we visited a small pineapple farm in Northern Thailand. The farmer, a youngish man with a wide smile, came out to greet us. His wife followed with an equally generous smile. Both were obviously proud of their farm.
The husband drew out a machete and quickly sliced one of the pineapples off of the bush, then used the machete to take off the skin, core it and slice it into small pieces about the size of two fingers. Still warm from the sun, this was certainly the most delicious pineapple we have ever tasted.
The best part? He threw the core to his dogs, who ate them with with the same joy as my dog eats steak.
One of the most frequent questions I receive in my email is “What is the best wine glass?” The answer? It depends. You need to consider a variety of things like:
- Are you going to use them for red wine, white wine or champagne?
- Do you want fancy or casual looking wine glasses?
- Do you drink expensive wines often and are seriously interested in wine?
- Where are you going to use your wine glasses? Only at a sturdy table or outside on the patio?
- Do you have a bunch of active kids or pets running around your house?
- Is it important to you that your guests recognize your wine glasses as a top-end famous brand?
Sounds complicated, right? Not really. Most of these decisions are fairly simple, and several of them are a function of the structure of a wine glass. Most wine glasses have the same basic structure: A bowl, a stem and a base. The bowl holds the wine, and the shape of that bowl affects the way the wine smells and the way it tastes. The stem is primarily there to lend some elegance to the glass, but it is functional, too. It helps keep fingerprints off the bowl and minimizes the heat from your skin heating up the wine in the bowl. The base of the glass is just the part that keeps it level on the table.
Stemless wine glasses have become quite popular in the past few years. Yes, they look a little less formal and do get fingerprints; however, they also don’t tip over and spill so easily.
Over the next few days, we’re going to look at a variety of wine glasses and which styles are best suited for your specific needs and budget.
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Fall was a good couple of months for me. The weather here in Arizona was spectacular, I lost 5 pounds and I started drinking the wine from the California Wine Club. Over the last decade, I’ve been a happy member several wine clubs, including the wine clubs from Zagat and Laithwaites, but I’m surprised to find that there are some significant differences between those other clubs and the CA Wine Club.
- ALL the CA Wine Club selections are from California (big surprise, right?).
- They have been in business a long time – over twenty years!
- The owners of California Wine Club spend most of their time traveling around CA wine country, visiting and tasting their way through the smaller, usually family owned wineries. (Tough job. Think they might adopt me?) This personal attention guarantees that you never receive any bulk, closeout or private label wines. Now I admit, much of the bulk, closeout and private label wines that are offered by other wine clubs are very good stuff. But getting reorders of something you really love can be damned difficult, if not impossible. CA Wine Club’s policy makes it far more likely that you can reorder exactly what you want.
- California Wine Club makes it really easy to send a wine club gift. They offer four different clubs at various price levels, and you can decide how many months to send to your favorite wine lover. Any gift that has been recommended by magazines like Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and Redbook sounds like a winner to me.
For Valentine’s Day, birthdays, congratulations, or for a thank you for a business associate, remember The California Wine Club – A Fun, Unique and Affordable Gift.