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Relieve Stress With A Glass Of Wine

Recipe For Relaxation

 

woman in bubblebath with glass of wineRun a tub full of warm water

Make it the perfect temperature for soothing away stress, slightly on the hot side so it will loosen up the tensed muscles you may not even realize are there.  Add some bubbles.  Nothing says relaxation like hot water with bubbles.  It just invites sinking into and closing your eyes and relaxing and letting the world take care of itself for a while.

If bubbles are not your thing, add some soothing salts .  Even plain old epsom salts will help ease muscles and will even soothe away the pain of any bruises you might have.  Epsom salts will also help eliminate impurities in the body, a reason why bath salts are used in spa treatments.

 

Light some candles

It doesn't matter if it is the middle of the day or not.  Candles can help create an atmosphere of relaxation.  Especially if they are of the scented variety.  Choose a scent that is naturally calming to the senses, such as lavender or vanilla if you don't already have a favorite scent.

The aroma from candles are usually soft and subtle, so if you prefer a more intense scent, you might try one of the essential oil lamps instead.  No matter what technique you use, you want the end result to be the addition of ambient light and a pleasant scent.

Put on some soft music

Play some soft and soothing background music . There is a time and a place for all types of music, and lots of times lounging in the tub with some rock music blasting is great, but for this recipe, try something softer, like elevator music.  Elevator music was created to soothe feelings of claustrophobia or other fears people tend to feel when in an elevator, so the science behind it will work well to soothe your mind while lounging in your bubble bath.

Pour a glass of your favorite wine

The last ingredient in the recipe is to pour yourself a glass of wine.  If you have a favorite glass, this is the time to use it.  Pouring your favorite wine into your favorite glass and shutting out the world for a while and taking some "me" time, does life get any better than those moments?  You not only deserve a mini rejuvenation break, you need it!  You can only be the best for others when you are doing the best for yourself.

If you follow the recipe, you will be amazed at what a great benefit you can pull from a mere thirty minutes of time.  You will emerge calm and refreshed and ready to grab the world by the tail once again. 

How To Clean Pewter

Use mild soap and water for cleaning pewter

mythical dragon wine gobltes made of pewterCleaning pewter is one of the easiest things around the house to clean. Unlike silver, there is not a lot of polishing and buffing and extensive cleaning to do.  To clean pewter, simply use some warm soapy water to clean, rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.  If you have an eating or drinking utensil made from pewter you will want to make sure you clean it after every use since leaving food or drink substances in contact with your pewter piece could cause pitting.

Sometimes cleaning the intricate pewter designs found on some pewter goblets or pewter tankards may seem daunting.  But no need to stress over it.  If you need to get into the cracks and crevices of such design work, you could try a paste made from 1 teaspoon salt dissolved in a cup of vinegar and then add flour to make a paste.  Spread the paste on the pewter piece and rub to clean.  If you are trying to clean an intricate design, use a very soft bristle toothbrush to gently get into the design.  Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

 

Do you want to remove the patina?

pewter teapot witht patinaRemoving the patina is a matter of personal choice.  Some people love the patina that comes with age and some would prefer to always keep their pewter color bright and shiny and new looking.  Some feel that the patina adds value to the pewter piece.  If you want to remove the patina, try the solution above, or, some people swear by cabbage leaves.  Just pull a few leafs off of the head of cabbage, wet them and use them as a scrubber.  Must be some type of chemical in cabbage that will rid your pewter of the oxidation.

So if you have been thinking about buying some cool pewter wine glasses, but you were afraid of the cleaning and upkeep involved, don't worry!  Taking care of pewter is a simple thing to do.  And with the modern techniques of no longer using lead to make pewter, you can feel assured that the pewter you are using to drink your wine out of is completely safe!  Even safer than the lead crystal wine glasses.

No matter if you want to keep the patina or remove it, never use harsh chemicals or any type of abrasive on your pewter wine glasses or goblets, or any pewter piece.  These can all harm your pewter by scratching it.  Pewter is made mostly from tin, and tin is a soft metal which will scratch easily.  Also, do not put your pewter in the dishwasher, not only because of the harshness of the soap, but also the heat from the dishwasher can harm the finish on your pewter. 

The dishwasher is not hot enough to melt your pewter, but you will want to shield your pewter from high heat, as the melting point for pewter is only 450.  I am sure you won't have any reason to put your pewter in an oven that hot, but just sayin!

Know Your Types Of Wine Glasses

 

Use The Proper Glass For Each Type Of Wine

balloon wine glassDo you know the types of wine glasses to use for each type of wine?  There are 3 basics you will want to have.

Balloon Glasses are used for red wine. There is a reason for this. Red wines need to breathe before drinking. It does not matter if it is a high end wine or a cheap red wine, they all benefit from aeration. The large bowl of these types of wine glasses allow plenty of room for swirling your red wine to aid in the aeration.

Other types of wine glasses to drink red wine from are a Pinot Noir wine glass,  Bordeaux wine glasses, or any type of glass that has a large bowl.

White wine glasses will have a smaller bowl on them, as white wines do not need the aeration that a red wine does. Typically a white wine will not need to be swirled and aerated to bring out the aromas and flavors of the wine so these types of wine glasses will have smaller and and narrower bowls.

Champagne glasses come in a tall, fluted shape. The shape of these types of wine glasses allows the concentration of the bubbles in the Champagne to escape in a concentrated manner. The bubbles is what makes Champagne so different from other wines. With a flute glass, the bubbles in the Champagne escape slowly, so the Champagne does not go flat too quickly.

Those are the three basic types of wine glasses. There are many variations on each type of wineglass. But if you have one of each of those three types of wine glasses on your wine glass rack, you will be set to enjoy any type of wine.

Of course, if you want to get more specialized with your wine glasses, there are many different choices to choose from. Not only in the shapes, but also in the quality and the decor of the glasses.

Not only could you have your basic red, white, and Champagne types of wine glasses, but you could have specialty classes for port wine, dessert wine, the above mentioned Pinot Noir or Bordeaux.

In addition, you have a variety of styles such as lead crystal, clear crystal, glass in various thicknesses, plastic, acrylic, or polycarbonate. And when it comes to style there is an endless variety. Elegant, classy, fun, quirky, cheap, holiday specific, decorated, plain, old or new. You can always find  perfectly unique wine glasses to fit your style, needs, and budget.

7 Deadly Sins

Today while I was searching for new and unique products to post on my unique wine glasses 4 u website, I ran across what has to be the coolest wine glasses I will ever see!

I went and checked them out, hoping that I could find an affiliate program, so I could sell them here.  Alas, it appears these are going to be a limited edition product, so instead of posting them here for sale, I am just going to post a link to them so if you want you can go and check them out.

They are way too cool not to share.  They are called the 7 deadly sins and I seriously love them.

No one could say these glasses are not unique!  Just wish they were going to be around long enough for me to sell them!

They are made by Kacper Hamilton and are based on the 7 deadly sins, my very favorite one is "wrath", but "Lust" and "Pride" are pretty cool too!

Decanting Wine

What is the Purpose of Decanting Wine?

The reason that wine is decanted is not to just move the wine from a wine bottle to a pretty decanter, although, it does look much nicer in the decanter than than it does in the bottle!

decanting wine with aeraterBut the real purpose of decanting wine is to aerate it.  What exactly does that mean?  It just means that you want the wine to come into contact with the air.  When wine comes into contact with the air, it helps to bring out the aromas of the wine.  This is important, because the taste of the wine is actually more in the nose than in the mouth.

Your taste buds can only detect  4 things, sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.  All of the other subtleties of taste come from your olfactory senses, the nose!  That is why wine tasters stick their nose into a glass of wine and sniff deeply before drinking, they are getting as much of the aroma of the wine into their nose as they can to help them pick up all of the little flavors swirling around in there,

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The next time you are enjoying a glass of wine, try the test for yourself. First, just take a sip of the wine and see if you like the taste.  Then take a big, deep sniff of it with your nose as you are taking another taste.  Can you tell the difference?  You should notice a difference in the taste, even if it is only a slight difference, but don't worry if you can't.  Wine connoisseurs have to train their noses to be able to pick up all the subtleties of taste too.

Now try aerating the wine and try the test again, maybe you will be able to notice even more aromas coming from the wine.  To aerate the wine, simply swirl it around in your glass.  This works better on red wine than it does white, as reds have much more aromas in them than whites.  It is also the reason red wines are drank from wine glasses with large bowls like balloon glasses, so there is room for all that swirling!

To decant a bottle of wine, you do not need to remove it from the bottle.  The reason most people do is to hasten the process.  If you do not want to use a decanter, you could just leave the bottle of wine sit open on the counter for a few hours and then pour it into wine glasses when you are ready to drink it.  When you decant the wine, it reduces the time frame for maximizing the flavors from a few hours to a few minutes.

 

Check out this video for some more advice on how, when and why to decant wine.

So the next time you are getting ready to enjoy a bold red wine, try the decanting wine process and see if you notice a difference int the flavors of the wine.  If nothing else, it sure does look pretty in the decanter!