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. 


What Makes Riedel Wine Glasses So Special?


Riedel wine glasses are hand made by highly skilled artisans.  Some of the glasses are even hand blown, either in their entirety or partially.  Wow, that's a lot work that goes into each and every wine glass.

In addition to the attention to detail that is put into each glass, Riedel makes each glass a specific size and shape to enhance the flavor and aroma of the wine you are drinking according to the variety of grape that is used to make the wine.

When I first heard about this, I thought "Baloney!"  I thought the guy in the shop was having me on.  Turns out he was not pulling my leg or making fun of my inexperience as a wine drinker.  There really is a scientific method that they use to make sure that the wine glasses are constructed in such a way as to make sure that the wine lands in the correct spot on your taste buds to ensure the optimal taste of the wine.

So red wine glasses are made in a different shape than a white wine glass, which is a different shape than a champagne glass.  And not just for the purpose of aeration, but also to have your head and taste buds in the correct position to get the most aroma and flavor from a particular type of wine.

Watch the video below to see how Riedel hand crafts their wine glasses

I trust you will enjoy the next few pages of shopping I have put together for Riedel wine glasses.

Wine Glass Racks

Protect Your Precious Wine Glasses With Wine Glass Racks


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metal hanging wine glass rackFor ordinary wine glasses or for your party wine glasses, putting them in a cupboard without protection is ok. But for your special wine glasses, make sure you protect them with wine glass racks. In my house, it is NOT ok for my husband to even touch my special wine glasses!  It seems he can't be bothered with breaking  my everyday wine glasses, he has to break the really nice ones.  Hence the new rule.

And also, thanks to my spouse, we now have wine glass racks that are out of the way to protect my really nice wine glasses.  He almost made me cry when he broke one of my Riedel wine glasses! But it did teach me a valuable lesson…….don't leave your good glasses out in harms way!

The set up in your house will determine the type of wine glass racks that will work best for you.  They come in all shapes and sizes, as well as hanging options.  I am sure you will find something that will match your decor and taste, along with your budget.

You can find the simple, under the counter style and just hang it from the bottom of the cabinets in your kitchen or dining room, or they can attach to the wall if your ceilings are too high or too low.  You can find stand alone wine glass racks that will hold enough wine glasses for a restaurant.  Or you can find combo wine and wine glass racks all in one.  From simple to elegant and everything in between.

Enjoy your shopping experience of finding wine glass racks and the unique wine glasses to put in them!

Wine Glasses


Who knew there were so many wine glasses to choose from?

There are many types of wine glassesIf you think about wine glasses at all, I am sure you are like me to some extent and think in terms of "Red or White"  Who knew there were so many other choices?

Once you have it narrowed down to red or white, or maybe even before depending on how you go about things, there are a multitude of other choices to make.  Clear, colored, plastic, acrylic, crystal, stemmed or stemless, Riedel, Ravenscroft, Waterford, cheap, expensive……………AHHHHH!

I can't seem to help myself when it comes to buying wine glasses.  I invariably want one of each.  So I end up giving wine glasses as gifts.  On birthdays, for wedding gifts, Christmas, and sometimes, just as an "I was a jerk, please forgive me" gift.  Sometimes I can even find wine glasses that can say what I might not be able to.  And I am not talking just about the funny wine glasses that say something like "Party Girl" on them. 

What if you had a friend or coworker that you loved dearly or regarded highly, but you didn't know how to tell them so?  Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a gift can say it all without you ever having to open your mouth.  For a highly prized friend that loves to drink wine,  a Riedel Sommelier. would be just the ticket, since these are the creme' de la creme' of wine glasses.

I have put together on this site a collection of wine glasses that I like and that I  find unique in some way.  Some are fun and quirky, some are elegant and expensive and some are the ones you pull out for the free for all summer party in the back yard.

But no matter what the occasion is that you are drinking wine at, there will always be a need for wine glasses to drink from.

Here is a short video on information about the different styles of wine glasses.  It may help you in your quest of buying wine glasses.

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Pinot Noir Wine Glasses

The Perfect Glass For Drinking Red Wine

Why?  It's the shape of the bowl.  The large bowl of the Pinot Noir wine glass is large enough to allow for swirling the wine.  Swirling and air contact is important for bringing out the aromas and flavors of the wine.  If you want to read more about that, check out my blog post on why and how to decant wine. There is even a short video that shows how to do it.

Now, about that large bowl………In order to have room for aeration and swirling, you do not fill up the wine glass!  This concept is foreign to new wine drinkers.  You have this perfectly large wine glass that will hold 37 ozs, and you are only supposed to put in 5?  Seems a ridiculous idea at first.

But after trying the techniques suggested for properly aerating red wine prior to drinking, the concept will soon make sense.  And after trying it for yourself a few times you will see the truth behind the concept.

Some wine glasses are specialized to a particular grape variety, but Pinot Noir wine glasses are suitable for drinking just about any red wine. 

If you do not have a need for an extensive wine glass collection you should at least have the basics of a red wine glass, a white wine glass and a champagne glass.


To Shop for Pinot Noir wine glasses, scroll down to view selections.



Riedel Stemless Wine Glasses


Wine Tumblers are great for everyday use

Have you noticed how wine tumblers are becoming more popular these days?  What is so great about Riedel stemless wine glasses?

  • More stable than stemmed wine glasses, less chance of knocking it over
  • Safer to run through the dishwasher than a stemmed wine glass
  • They take us less room in a normal kitchen cabinet, meaning you will not have to have such a tall shelf area to store your wine glasses
  • No need for a separate wine glass rack if you do not have the room for one
  • They can be stacked if you are really short on cabinet space
  • Use them for more than just drinking wine out of
  • Same technology used in other Riedel wine glasses
  • Machine blown, so more inexpensive than the mouth blown Riedel wine glasses

Some folks are proving hard to win over to the stemless wine tumblers, saying they are not "real" wine glasses.  But since Riedel is using the same technology to make the stemless wine glasses as their regular line of stemmed wine glasses, what is the issue?

They are just as classy looking as stemmed wine glasses and these are not the bulky, heavy type of tumblers you would use for, say, a scotch on the rocks.  Riedel stemless wine glasses are more delicate in the feel, like a regular stemmed wine glass, just without the stem.


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!

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