Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Best Wine Accessory Store

I wanted to thank you for visiting and enjoying the Rhino Wine Times Blog this year. I can't wait for 2006. We have a lot of great new things planned for you. I want to also thank everyone who sent us suggestions for blog topics. As always, if you would like to make a suggestion please feel free to drop us a note at

I also want to thank everyone who visited Rhino Wine Gear this year, we couldn't have done it without you.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Virgin Vines

Ok, so I'm walking around my local wine shop picking up a few bottles along the way. As I pick up what I thought was my last bottle for this visit, something caught my eye. A logo, a brand, a red "V". There is was, the Virgin logo staring me in the face. I know the record company, the airline, the phones, the cola, the travel, the private island, the entrepreneur, the cell phone, you name it Richard Branson has certainly put the brand in front of everyone. All that being said, I certainly admit I am a big fan of Richard Branson. His way of doing business is truly amazing.

So, with this bottle of 2004 Shiraz was sitting there. Painted with grape leaves and grapes on a vine that wrapped around the bottle. Could I? Should I? ... I Did. I picked it up. The bottle was $10 in my area. Now, not having any expectations for this bottle of wine, I opened it up and I have to say it was a damn good bottle of wine.

The other thing I have to mention is what was written on the bottle:

"Dare to...
Enjoy this wine without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness. Virgin Vines believes wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste... not waxing poetically about meaningless wine-speak and food pairings. Simply drink this big, bold red with something or someone you find delicious.

p.s. If you feel the need to describe this wine as "full bodied with great legs," we suggest you lie down until the feeling passes.

Drink it, love it, know when to stop."

I love it. I think you should try a bottle.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Wine evolution or fad of the month?

Ok, I get the screw-top caps. I like them, they come in real handy when you don't have a corkscrew around. When i mentioned the wine-in-a-can concept a while back it really got me thinking. Why would you do that? It seems like the industry is trying to cheapen the whole wine experience. How you experience wine is just as important as how it tastes. Ok, with that out of the way, I came across this article on wine in plastic bottles. Is it the same feeling, the same taste? I have not found them in my local wine store yet, but if you have tasted wine in plastic please share your thoughts.

The next big thing for the wine industry could be small, screw-capped and shatterproof.

Single-serve plastic bottles are starting to show up on supermarket shelves in a bid to win over new customers by moving wine beyond posh white-tablecloth dinners to the informal ease of a picnic.

If one of the green bottles should accidentally fall, no problem.

"There's a more active lifestyle people are living, they'd like wine to be a part of it and it just was not convenient in the 750 milliliter typical wine glass bottle where you have to bring corkscrews, glasses, etc.," says Tom Slone, brand manager for Stone Cellars by Beringer.

Stone Cellars has been selling four-packs of unbreakable, single-serve bottles since summer.

The new, 187 milliliter (about six fluid ounces) bottles are part of a larger industry trend that includes boxed wine, cans and carton-type packages."

The full story can be found by clicking the headline above.

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