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What is the Best Aisle in the Store?

When you head out to your local grocery store, what aisle do you enjoy wandering down the most? I truly dislike shopping – even for groceries. Going to the store is absolutely painful for me. I grab a cart, rush up and down the various aisles and throw things into the basket. I have a tendency to lose people I am with and have been known to run into people a time or two in my quest to get it over with.

However, I admit there is one aisle at my favorite store that I slow down for. I will go slowly, salivating over everything on display, trying to figure out which items have to go home with me that day.

What is your favorite part of the store?

Wine Time

According to some health experts, drinking a glass of wine every day is good for your heart:

Wine Time

They didn’t really say how small the glass had to be, though! Okay, so perhaps a clarification was made at some point – but I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that part.

This is a nurse LEGO minifig attained at BrickCon by @HipsForHire yesterday. It got to the wine before I could, and I had to clean up small piles of LEGO puke this morning. That stuff is impossible to get out of carpet!

Oh, and the wine was a nice Black Box cabernet sauvignon. Yes, I drink box wine and collect LEGO. You got a problem with that?

Box Wine Myth


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There is often a bad perception surrounding box wine. People turn their noses up, feeling the quality couldn’t possibly be good. I’m not a wine snob – I’ll try anything at least once! I also am a person who lives alone and therefore doesn’t always drink a bottle of wine before it goes stale. Drinking this boxed wine is a great solution. The inner bag is vacuum-sealed so that the liquid inside manages to retain the taste for a long period of time. Best of all… the taste is actually darn good much of the time.

Imei is a good friend who happens to live alone, as well. When I told her about my collection of boxed wines, she was pretty skeptical. I run into this often, so I’m used to it! However, she’s a good sport and readily agreed to taste-test some of these with me – on one condition! She said we had to drink right from the spigot. Oh heck yes! I’m down with that.

Imei was happily surprised to find how tasty some of these were. Granted, they aren’t exactly from a vintage year or premium cellar. However, they go down well and satisfy my urge for a good glass of wine. I’m not only saving money by paying less in the beginning… I’m also saving it by not letting the wine go to waste.

Saving money AND having good wine… how can it get any better than that?

The Wine Ph.D. app provides wine enthusiasts and novices alike with the information they need to make an intelligent wine selection. The app is available for no cost in iTunes right now as a special promotion.

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Alcohol Abuse

Many of you likely think this post is going to be a rant about people who drink too much alcohol. You couldn’t be more wrong! I’m going to off on a tangent about something entirely different: those of us who don’t drink enough alcohol. So why didn’t I have enough wine? Patience, young grasshopper! If you scroll down just a little, I’m sure the snapshot is self-explanatory.

I spilled the whole damn glass. Now THAT is alcohol abuse. That puddle represents what was left of my favorite bottle, too.

Alcohol Abuse

Have a Glass of Wine to Help Young Readers

Twitter’s Fledgling Initiative is about to give us all a good reason to have a glass of wine. Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams have joined with Crushpad to create limited edition bottles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to benefit Room to Read, an international effort to ensure all children have access to schools and educational materials.

You can watch this video to learn more about the Fledgling Initiative and the important work of Room to Read:

Whether you want to try the 2009 Fledgling Pinot Noir or the 2009 Fledgling Chardonnay, you can pre-order bottles online now. Each bottle of wine will cost $20, with $5 of the cost going directly to Room to Read. Hurry though! Bottling begins August 25th, and it’s going to go fast!

How to Make Wine Taste Better


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I am a geek who happens to love gadgets, food, and wine. When the folks at Nuance sent me their newest aerator to review, I jumped at the chance. You have to properly aerate a bottle of wine prior to drinking it, or you’ll never experience the true taste. If you don’t want to wait for the bottle to breathe on its own, then a gadget such as this may be just the ticket for you.

The Wine Finer will decant a bottle of red wine in 30 seconds — as you’re pouring it into your glasses. It filters out all of the sediment, leaving behind only the tastes that you were meant to experience. Once you’re finished, you can leave it in the bottle and use it as a stopper so that the remaining wine stays fresh.

It works very well, and is simple to use (and clean!). If you’re a geek who loves wine and gadgets, you might want to check this out for yourself.

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Centellino Wine Aerator / Decanter Review


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You know I love wines and wine gadgetry. For that reason, the people at Centellino sent me their newest aerator to review. Instead of drinking wine immediately after opening it, you want the wine to breathe. You use an aerator to speed up the breathing process. This particular model is made of hand-blown glass, and it looks like a work of art.

The Centellino Areadivino Wine Aerator & Decanter aerates and oxygenates wine, which amplifies the flavor. Simply fit the Centellino into the bottle and fill the amphora by tilting the bottle. This aerates the wine gently. You can also use the Centellino to seal the bottle so that it doesn’t become “stale” after it has been opened.

I’ve used other aerators in the past. I can’t say that the Centellino does a fantastic job of opening up the wine. It certainly does work, but I don’t feel it’s extremely effective. More than anything, I think it looks nice. It’s something you can show off to friends, and use to cap off the wine bottle when you’re done.

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