Get some tips for choosing Wine and wine openers

Wines are a marvelous accompaniment to almost every meal. Some people would say, “white with fish, red with meat” but this is not necessarily true. The color of wine does not dictate what particular type of meat it is best with. Its origin and overall characteristic is the one that determines. What you should know is that light wines goes well with light foods, such as chicken and fish, while full-bodied wines are a perfect match for bolder types of meats such as beef. If you are going to have some spicy foods on the menu, have sweeter varieties of wines.

Another important factor that determines choice of wines is the region it is originated.                                                        Wines from different countries or region differ in taste because of the different soil conditions present. Wines from Australia and Germany will certainly be different because of their different soil conditions. It is better to choose wines from Germany, France or Italy because they have been producing wines for centuries.                                             

This doesn’t mean that wines from other countries or regions aren’t good but when you’re on the dinner table with your date shuffling in her chair waiting for you to choose from the wine list, it would certainly be a safer choice. Many people think that aged wines are better but this is not the case for all types of wines. While some bottles of wine do improve with age, most commercially available wines nowadays may even worsen when kept too long.

Certain weather conditions also affect the wine qualities. This is why bottles produced in the same year but kept in under different weather conditions will taste a little different from each other. Wineries normally won’t release their wines until their wine bottles have aged for at least two years. So, bottles on sale would already be suitable for drinking. Also take note that most white and sparkling wines are drinkable without aging and could worsen when kept too long.  If you have the time just try to have a bit of everything and find what suits your taste. Different persons have different tastes so choose the best wine that meets the qualities you want and what conforms to your taste.

To make it easier for you, here are other “easiest to remember tips” for choosing the best wine.

1.) Read the label  

I know, I know. We just said we’re not going to look at the label, but we’re not talking about looking for a cute font. Read, young grasshopper. While wines that say “table wine” or “California wine” might be perfectly delicious, they also raise red flags. “These wines are composed of grapes from a very large region (a state or even an entire country) and, although sometimes just fine in quality, tend to be noticeably bland or unbalanced.

2.) Recognize why something’s on sale

 While your local wine store might just have crazy deals all the time, most stores put wine on sale for two reasons.      -The ideal consumption window for the vintage has come and gone.                                                                                         -The wine just isn’t selling and the store wants to clear out inventory.

Neither of these things necessarily equal a bad wine, but it’s something to look out for before stocking up on that Pinot Noir just because it’s marked down 10 bucks.

3.) Know your adjectives

This is a big distinction—especially for those who say they hate “sweet wines.” “There is a difference between a sweet wine and one that is fruit-forward. Sweet wines, like a port or some Rieslings, tend to be more syrupy, which is wine’s way of exhibiting sweetness. But a wine may have a nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle but, upon tasting, are crisp, clean and wash out the mouth in a quick flush.” So stop with the vague terms, friends. (And know which one to ask for.)

4.) Choose easy pairings

This is when things get interesting. There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to wine and food pairings: complementary and contrasting. Neither is wrong. (So if someone tries to argue with your Twinkies and Gewürztraminer, remind them that it they are both sweet and pull a Jan from Grease: “It says right here, it is a dessert wine.”) If going the complementary route, just remember light with light and rich with rich.                  Meaning seafoods and chicken pair amazingly with crisp white wines, red meats and cheeses pair well with full-bodied reds. As for a great contrasting pairing? “Classic oysters with a New World Sauvignon Blanc, such as a great option from New Zealand”. The salty brine of the oysters is balanced by the fruit-forward expression of this grape. Think of it like peanut butter and jelly.”

5.) When in doubt? Go for a rosé

I know you’re probably saying “whaaaaat?” but it’s true. A crisp, dry rosé will have refreshing acidity and lively effervescence to help accent most dishes. Rosés also work especially well with cheese plates.

6.) If all else fails, download an app

Wine Spectator app, website and magazines like Wine Spectator, Food&Wine   has a comprehensive database of wine ratings organized by price points and varietals.  “Comparing ratings with prices can help make the decision a no-brainer.”

7.) Ask the waiter or wine store staff for recommendation to help navigate the waters.  

 The waiter at a restaurant should be able to offer suggestions to help you choose a wine that will complement your meal, and should be knowledgeable of the wines they offer and the meals they pair well with.  Depending on where you live, the staff at your local wine shop may be well versed in wine.  They may be able to make recommendations based on your price range and based on what you plan or pairing with the wine, as they see and sample hundreds of wines a month.

 L&H RABBIT WINE OPENER

Make opening a wine bottle easier with a rabbit wine opener. These openers have two grips on one side which resemble the ears of rabbit. A corkscrew built into the opener does not require twisting, but through a series of levers built into the rabbit wine opener, the corkscrew gets pushed into the cork and pulls it from the bottle. A cork release mechanism keeps you from having to twist the cork off the end of the corkscrew after you pull it from the bottle.

Since its founding in 1983, Metrokane has become a leading marketer and distributor of wine accessories and barware, for which they later introduced the Rabbit brand to cater toward. Since its inception, Rabbit products have carved out a name for themselves, becoming quite the asset to any wine lover’s tool belt.

Products include corkscrews, decanters, aerators, wine preservers, cocktail shakers, juicers and other bar tools — just about anything that can make your wine drinking experience more pleasant. Rabbit branded products, including the renowned Original Rabbit corkscrew, are available nationally in department stores, wine and liquor stores, big box retailers, discount chains as well as online, making it easy for you to pick up your own Rabbit wine product in no time at all.

Features and Benefits

 Rabbit produces several varieties of wine openers ranging from simple manual designs through the Original Rabbit to their line of electric products. The brand is known for a few key characteristics, which include speed, working on all sizes of bottles and a quick and automatic release of the cork.                                                                                        These features, coupled with rave customer reviews and an attractive warranty period, make Rabbit stand out as a leader in the world of wine accessories.

Rabbit wine openers are available in a variety of different styles. You might have heard of the Original Rabbit and the Vertical Rabbit. These famous tools can remove a cork in just 3 seconds! These Rabbit corkscrews come with a 10 year warranty and include a foil cutter and an extra spiral.

Choosing the Right Rabbit Wine Opener

When choosing a wine opener, you must take into account your own preferences and priorities. There are several details you might want to think about when making the purchase. Most people count ease-of-use as a huge factor in whether or not they choose a certain product. Next, you might also want to think about the way the opener looks and your ability to store the product when you’re not using it.

A couple questions you should ask yourself when picking a new wine opener include:

Do you want your opener to make a statement when you serve wine?

Do you need your wine opener to be portable or is it something you will keep at home?

Do you need the wine opener to work on a variety of corks ranging from old, decaying  corks to modern synthetic ones?

Are you willing to spend a little more for a durable wine opener that will last you for a long time?

Do you require an electric opener or are you okay using a manual opener?

This leads to the final point: be sure to only purchase a Rabbit wine opener from a reputable merchant and check the branding. There are many rabbit shaped wine opener styles available, but only Rabbit branded openers can guarantee a three second opening time, a 10 year warranty and the quality that has become associated with the brand.

price point

Due to the huge line of wine openers that this brand has to offer, the price of Rabbit wine openers and corkscrews varies considerably. This means that there is a product that will allow you to open a bottle of wine quickly and easily at every budget. The biggest question is how much you are willing to spend on a high quality, warranty-backed corkscrew or wine opener.

Why Choose a Rabbit Wine Opener

Rabbit wine openers are widely available and come with appropriate warranties. They are not the least expensive wine openers on the market, but they do have a reputation for being high quality products that last a long time. The majority of reviews are positive and extol the ease of use. They have an attractive design that will make a statement in any home and are frequently recommended as gifts.

A Rabbit wine opener will make opening bottles easier and quicker, reducing the risk of breaking a cork or accidentally getting cork fragments into the wine. The benefits of L&H Rabbit wine openers truly outweigh the expense, making these tools great additions to supplement your wine collection.

Make opening a wine bottle easier with a rabbit wine opener. These openers have two grips on one side which resemble the ears of rabbit. A corkscrew built into the opener does not require twisting, but through a series of levers built into the rabbit wine opener, the corkscrew gets pushed into the cork and pulls it from the bottle. A cork release mechanism keeps you from having to twist the cork off the end of the corkscrew after you pull it from the bottle.

How to use a rabbit wine opener

 Step 1 – Cut off the foil seal and remove the wax covering from the bottle if your wine bottle has either of these.

Step 2- Lift the corkscrew in the rabbit wine opener by pulling down the single handle on the top of the opener.

Step 3 – Arrange the wine opener on the bottle by putting the “rabbit ear” gripping handles on either side of the top of the bottle and centering the corkscrew over the cork.

Step 4- Hold the grips of the wine opener in one hand, use your other hand to pull the corkscrew handle back up over the opener to insert the corkscrew into the cork.

Step 5 – Move the corkscrew handle back to the front, as you did to lift the corkscrew, to remove the cork from the wine bottle.

Step 6 – Open the gripping handles (“rabbit ears”) to release the wine opener from the bottle.

Step 7 – Move the corkscrew handle to the top of the opener to lower the removed cork on the corkscrew, and close the gripping handles around the cork.

Step 8 – Pull the corkscrew handle forward to pull the corkscrew out of the cork which remains gripped between the gripping handles. Open the gripping handles to dispose of the cork.