#320 on the list of things I’m thankful for: studies on the benefits of wine. The latest cause for popping a cork: it’s liquid sunscreen. Researchers at the University of Barcelona have discovered that grapes have the power to protect your skin from UV rays, the cause of sun-related skin cancers, premature aging and temporary burning.
Flavonoids found in wine (particularly Cabernets, Petite Syrahs, and Pinot Noirs) act as shields for cells at risk of breaking down from UV exposure, according to the research. Keep reading »
Spring has sprung! Time to start riding our bikes everywhere — to work, to do errands, and to rooftop parties where the wine shall flow freely. The wine! Oh crap, we’re supposed to bring a bottle — perhaps a lovely Malbec or Pinot Grigio. Transporting the booze is no problem with oopsmark’s leather wine holster with brass hardware, which secures tightly on our bike’s frame and fits any size bottle of vino. Start peddling.
When it comes to drinking, we’re classy broads. That’s why we’d be more than psyched to sip a glass of Malbec out of Oenophilia Porto’s chic sippy wine goblets. The little feet make them harder to tip over and the straw looks like a tail! Sure, when drunk we may mistake our glass of vino for a headless rodent or a sperm, but at least we won’t be staining our teeth or smudging our lipstick in the process.
Yeah, we definitely need a Screwnicorn, the love child of a unicorn and corkscrew. This clever bottle opener combines our childhood love of unicorns with our adult love of wine. A magical, mystical drinking experience is guaranteed for all. Unfortunately, rainbows are not included. But you should have fun saying things like, “Please pass the Screwnicorn” or “Let me Screwnicorn that bottle for you.”
Shockingly, one man discovered that Starbucks’ incredibly huge Trenta cup could fit an entire bottle of wine — with room for milk, even! See this “experiment” in action, after the jump… [via Cockeyed] Keep reading »
At this point, I would not be surprised to discover that I have wine running through my veins rather than blood. It has been my drink of choice for years, but my taste level has thankfully become more discerning — no more Two Buck Chuck or Yellowtail Shiraz, and definitely no Franzia. For people who are really serious about wine, trying new blends is a bit of a sport or a hobby, the way shopping can be for the fashion obsessed. Unfortunately, your local wine shop probably doesn’t get too many new things on a regular basis, and even when they do, they’re probably charging up the yin-yang for anything that’s especially premium. That’s why Lot18.com is any wino’s wet dream. Shopping online for wine is nothing new, but Lot18.com uses the online sample sale model of fashion sites like Gilt and Rue La La, offering members access to amazing wines at much lower prices than what you’d pay in stores. Each sale lasts for only a limited time, but they happen often; it’s like walking into your favorite boutique and discovering there’s a whole new rack of clothes in the sale section. Can you tell I’m obsessed? Currently, I am coveting the 2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon. We’re going to have a great time together as soon as this pesky sabbatical is over. But enough about me — Lot18.com is generously offering the first 1000 Frisky readers who register with the site a $10 credit towards their first purchase. Just click here, register, and shop away. Cheers! [Lot18.com: $10 Credit for Frisky Readers!] Keep reading »
Even if you’re currently on a drinking sabbatical, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about how to make your next glass of wine the best it can be. Everyone knows that wine that has been allowed to breathe tastes better than popping open a bottle and immediately chugging away. But who wants to wait 10 minutes for a fresh bottle to aerate? Not us winos! That’s why the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator is a boozehound’s best friend. Open a bottle of red, hold the decanter over your glass and pour away — in the process, the Vinturi “creates an increase in the wine’s velocity and a decrease in its pressure,” resulting in a perfectly aerated glass of vino in the time it takes to pour. Who’s thirsty?
This might possibly be the most awesome SkyMall find/party prop ever! The wine glass holder necklace. Classy and functional. [SkyMall] Keep reading »
A glass of wine and a bowl of fruity sorbet make a mouth-watering dessert. But did you know you can have both tastes for the price of one? Wine Cellar Sorbet infuses its sorbets with extracts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, white wine, Pinot Noir, Riesling, ruby port, sake, and red wine. The result is a non-alcoholic and refreshing treat that’s sure to please the palate … and the tummy because the sorbets are all-natural and dairy-free. What a satisfying way to end a romantic evening or put yourself to bed.
Suddenly, table wine doesn’t seem so declasse thanks to Rethink Communications. The company imagined a high-design makeover for jug-style booze. [Lovely Package] Keep reading »