Happy Hour

Yes, it is Monday and yes, it is only 8am. So while this post may seem a little premature (and maybe even a little concerning), it’s simply in anticipation of this Friday when I will be in Ottawa and likely taking a load off after another long week.

My wine (and, to a degree, cocktail) palate has evolved over the last few years. When I first started drinking wine, I was strictly sweet whites (I basically liked grape juice) but over time, I’ve certainly grown to appreciate the full-body (read: tartness) of a good red. In that time, I’ve also begun to maintain an ongoing stock of wines at home. That’s the mark of a true adult, right?

This Umbra Grape Vine wine rack is a perfect way to inconspicuously keep a few bottles on hand

This Umbra Grape Vine wine rack is a perfect way to inconspicuously keep a few bottles on hand

In thinking about my dream house, I can’t help but imagine a nice little wine fridge. Both mine and my boyfriend’s parents like and collect wine, so it’s only natural we carry on that tradition. While the rack I have today is nice, a sweet fridge would be amazing one day. Houzz has a list of 8 really intricate ways to get your basement transformed into a wine cellar, but, while a nice idea, that just may not be practical. So, here are a few everyday wine storage options I love:

Top L - A great option from Houzz that allows you to highlight your collection without taking up spaceBottom L - A gravity-defying idea for letting your wines shine in plain sightTop R - A Whirlpool wine fridge from Future Shop...stores up to 35 bottles!Bottom R - For that rustic chic look, this reclaimed wood wine rack from DelHutsonDesigns adds a quirky way to not just store wine, but their wine glasses, too!

Top L – A great option from Houzz that allows you to highlight your collection without taking up space
Bottom L – A gravity-defying idea for letting your wines shine in plain sight
Top R – A Whirlpool wine fridge from Future Shop…stores up to 35 bottles!
Bottom R – For that rustic chic look, this reclaimed wood wine rack from DelHutsonDesigns adds a quirky way to not just store wine, but wine glasses, too!

For a few more tips on how to store wine, this article from Wine Spectator gives the key pointers. And when dinner time hits, if you’re looking for something new, here are a few of my favourites:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Mollydooker’s “The Boxer” Shiraz

Campo Viejo Rioja

Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon

Featherstone Gewurztraminer

Malivoire Pinot Noir

And with that, I hope everyone has a great start to the week!

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