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The pleasure of a good red wine is hard to beat. And while in the US, it’s easy to want to keep wine for special occasions, dinner parties or weekends, there’s increasing evidence that making a small glass of wine a part of your daily diet can be beneficial for your heart. As part of the ‘Mediterranean diet’ followed in Italy, France and Spain, red wine can be great for the health as well as the taste buds. But drinking a small glass of wine often means that you may not finish a bottle in a single meal. So how long does red wine last once after opening the bottle?
Red wine aficionados know that each bottle is unique; the complex life of the flavors in the bottle reflect each grape that went into the making of the wine; where the vines grew, how much rain they got, how hot the year was, whether any chemicals were used in cultivating them.
That means that each bottle is different, and a strict rule isn’t easy to give. Instead, here are a few tips on what can make a bottle drinkable or not.
Keep the wine sealed
A bottle of wine is a symphony of flavors, and it develops in the bottle before it’s opened as well as afterwards. One crucial factor is air. Opening a bottle allows the air to react with the natural compounds that make up the wine, and they change slowly over time. Even after you’ve opened a bottle, re-sealing it will help it stay drinkable for longer. Consider buying a specialist wine seal; believe it or not, they can be more effective than the cork or the screw-top at keeping your wine fresh after it’s been opened.
Keep your wine chilled
Heat is another factor that can dramatically change the way a wine tastes. Traditionally wine is kept at ‘cellar temperature’ (about 55 degrees), which is warmer than most refrigerators; but even refrigerating wine will keep it fresh for longer. Some will tell you that refrigerator-temperature wine has a less complex flavor, and you might find that’s true; it’s harder for your tongue to taste the flavors in a cold liquid, but chilling your wine will make it so that you can enjoy it even up to a few days later.
Keep your wine in a low-light environment
The third factor that can affect the way your wine changes after its opened is the light you keep it in. Keeping your wine in a low-light environment (again, like your refrigerator, or a dark cupboard) will help to make sure that it stays calmer, and drinkable, for longer.
If the bottle is just too far gone
Remember, even if you leave your bottle too long for the wine to be enjoyable as a drink, you can still do a lot with old wine as part of a few classic recipes: consider cooking chorizo in it with a little honey and garlic as a tapas dish, or using it in a chicken potroast to make a coq au vin.
Pro Tip: The red wines from Cass Wines never go bad! Just kidding :)
How to Choose the Best Winery for Your Wedding
Looking for the perfect wedding venue is an exciting time – but it can also be daunting. The range of options are huge, and it’s often hard to think creatively about a venue without worrying that you’ll miss something crucial for the big day. As more and more people look out for places that are more adventurous and original, you need peace of mind and a professional approach, with a venue that’s got all the bases covered. Wineries can be great options here – beautiful settings, insightful catering, and of course, wonderful wines and beverages. Here are a few things to think about before you choose the winery you want to use.
Look for a winery that’s an expert in hosting weddings
Before you set your heart on a particular winery, reach out to discuss how they can help you plan and carry out your day. You can save a lot of trouble by making sure they’re not only experts in wine, but also experts in the details of the day – catering, decoration, ceremonies, and planning. Even if you plan to gather services from a range of providers, or manage the day yourself, the day will be much smoother if your winery already knows how a wedding should flow. Our venue here at Cass Winery offers indoor and outdoor locations and provides a rustic beautiful atmosphere. We include the use of our facility, 2-night stay in our guesthouse, and vintage car for the lucky wedding couple. Click here to check out more information. (http://www.casswines.com/Events/Weddings)
Choose a venue that aligns with your vision
This one might be obvious but make sure the winery you choose fits the aesthetic you have in mind. If you want natural elements like big oak trees, an outdoor bar, and a very rustic experience; then choose a winery which can host all of those things for you. Also, knowing your estimated guest count ahead of time will help you determine your budget, and save you from headaches down the road. In addition, consider what you need most from the day – a beautiful location for photos or the ceremony, great catering, a professional to orchestrate the day – and make sure you’re getting what you want!
Does the venue layout fit my needs
If you are doing the ceremony, reception, and hors orderves all in one venue, does it have separate spaces for all of those events? It's important to make sure you have enough space required to have all three in one venue. Typically, most wineries won't be able to accommodate all three scenarios, so make sure to ask the management. Here at Cass Winery, we have a range of options for you. Between the beautiful 200-year-old Oak Tree which is often recommended for picturesque wedding ceremonies, the library room which accommodates a more intimate dining experience for your guests, and the concert and banquet hall which is a great location for a live band and dancing we have all your needs covered. Did we mention we have an amazing rustic picnic location to enjoy your reception and cocktail hour surrounded by our vineyard?
Consider how guests will get from point A to point B
Transportation and parking vary depending on the location of the venue but it's important to consider nearby hotels and inns, including how much they cost and whether there are enough rooms available. Also, it's important to consider parking and if there is on-site parking for guests at the venue. If parking is not available, consider options like valet parking or even shuttle buses to take guests back and forth.
Check if the winery has any vendors they require
With all the emotions and excitement that comes with the early stages of planning a wedding, it is very easy for couples to get overwhelmed by all the options. Consider hiring a wedding planner or wedding coordinator early on the in the process to help you navigate through these decisions. Many times the venue will have preferred wedding planners or coordinators which know the location very well and can help with everything from transportation to which linens to rent. This can be a huge time saver as well as a money saver because wedding planners often have key relationships with vendors and can get you better deals.
Ask about the services the winery offers
Much like other wedding venues, wineries may also offer additional services along with the wedding venue service. For instance, they may have their own venue coordinator, or suggest a few photographers who have prior experience in capturing events with them. Some wineries may also offer complementary services; like on-site accommodations for getting ready and staying the night of the wedding, or a vintage car to transport the bride for a memorable arrival into her cermony. For more information on the Cass Winery services click here. (http://www.casswines.com/Events/Weddings)
In the end, what makes a day wonderful is the combination of practical factors, all working perfectly around you at the heart; and the right winery can be a beautiful place to enjoy your day and forget about the practicalities. Give some thought to what you need, and then go ahead and enjoy your day!
Good wine, and the appreciation of good wine, enriches life in a way that has been enjoyed by generations of people from the very dawn of civilization. If you’re one among them (or if you’re a wine connoisseur), then perhaps you’ve already considered joining a wine club. And if you’re wondering whether it’s indeed a good idea, here are some of the top reasons why you should probably go ahead and join one.
1) Attractive incentives
Along with your wine club membership come a whole host of other rewards, such as invitations to some of the most exclusive wine tasting events or passes to wine exhibitions in your city. If you’re taking your first steps on the path to discovering all about wines, these events and exhibits can be great learning opportunities, and places to meet fellow wine-lovers!
2) Unmissable deals
Being a part of a wine club opens the doors to tempting offers, and exclusive opportunities to buy at a great price. You could get a set of wines for a price that’s lower than if you bought them individually, or better yet, you could get an exclusive offer on wines from the club. Whether by the bottle or by the crate, if you’re a lover of great wine, the further your dollar goes, the more wine you have to celebrate and share.
3) Early bird access
Another benefit of belonging to a wine club is that you get a first look at new wine releases, limited edition wines, and exclusive bottlings. Depending on the offer, you could even enjoy early access to these special releases long before they are made available to the public. In some cases, these editions may even be exclusively for members, and may not ever be open to public purchase.
4) Improved variety in taste
When you’re an individual connoisseur of wines, your experience and preferences often limit your wine collection to some tried and tested names. However, when you join a wine club, that could change. You can grow your knowledge, try wines you would never have tried otherwise, and you may even fall in love with some wines you would have never believed you would even like.
5) Greater selection of wines
While the availability of fine wine in specialist stores and retailers has improved hugely over the last 20 years, a store is limited in a way a wine club isn’t. This is because wine clubs have advantages like access to some of the finest editions, phenomenal purchasing power, and curators who help select rare, fun, and unique wines to stock the shelves.
6) Convenient and regular delivery
Once you experience the joy of having your favorite wines delivered to your doorstep like clockwork, you’ll be glad you joined a wine club. All you need to do is select your preferences and sit back, because the club will take care of everything else.
7) Education from the experts
This, perhaps, is the single most compelling reason to join a wine club. When you become a part of a club, you not only receive fine wines and great deals; you get a lot more. You get to read up on the wines you receive and understand what goes into making them. You can even meet the experts in person to share your oenophilia and grow your knowledge.
All in all, when you join a wine club, you gain so much for so little. And best of all, you always have something fascinating to contribute at dinner parties.
Check out Casswines own wine club here.