Sometimes, seemingly simple things can become overly complicated quite quickly. Take serving wine, for example. As enjoyable as drinking a nice glass of wine may be, the temperature-sensitive libation really does benefit from being served at specific (or at least close enough) temperatures. However, chilled wine storage is not always an option, so the simple act of opening a bottle must be put on hold while the bottle is put through some sort of chilling process. The easiest option may be to pop a bottle in the freezer for rapid cool-down, but as anybody knows who has had that method … Read more
Refrigerators aren't the most exciting of appliances. They sit there silently (mostly, that is), taking up a lot of room and generally not doing much. However, like practically everything else in life, it is what is inside that counts. Depending on eating habits, refrigerator's interiors can vary wildly, from a frozen wasteland of precooked frozen foods, to a lush garden of fresh fruits and vegetables. While each and every refrigerator may house a different collection of consumables, as the anchor of the kitchen it's designed to always be there when you need it. Perhaps even more so … Read more
Though wine is ancient, wine accessories and appliances are often quite modern. However, as popular as shiny metal and a sophisticated black satin finish may be, there are other options when it comes to wine decor--like bamboo.
Underneath all the bamboo of the Haier HVTS16AMB 16-Bottle Bamboo Cabinet Wine Cellar there is still a modern wine refrigerator, complete with a double-pane insulated glass door and three full-width chrome storage racks (with wood facings) that can store up to 16 bottles. The electronic controls are front-mounted and feature a decidedly modern blue LED panel for displaying temperature information. A soft interior … Read more
A couple of friends and a bottle of wine can make for a wonderful evening. But after a few glasses, it can be easy to lose track of who has been drinking out of which glass on the table. The Puzzle Wine Glass Markers were created to eliminate the guessing games. The markers, which come in a set of 12, are different colors and shapes so you can always tell which glass is yours. They're purple, yellow, blue, orange, red, and lime--you get two of each color. The Puzzle Wine Glass Markers fit together to form a complete puzzle, … Read more
Editor's note: This is the first installment of "45 minutes on IM," a new interview series that I will be doing, hopefully weekly. Instant message is hardly the newest or hottest communication medium, but it is a very effective way to have a conversation. Because the medium is kind of contemporaneous, I've decided to maintain a bit of the on-the-fly flavor of the discussion, including the occasional "all-caps" response. But we'll skip the smileys. Please enjoy these interviews, and if you have suggestions or feedback, please let me know.
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Hosting a party is never easy, and anyone who has ever done so would agree that the details can certainly pile up. One minor detail that has the potential to blow up into a major catastrophe if left unchecked is a seemingly simple one. Food of course, is something to consider but perhaps even more important are the drinks. However, no matter what type of wine or how many bottles are procured, they aren't going to do anybody any good if there isn't an opener hanging around.
Getting wine on the table requires certain accessories, from glasses to a corkscrew. A wine trolley isn't actually among the required tools, but the Oenophilia Kitchen Wine Trolley can certainly make the process easier. Not only can you skip trying to carry a wine bottle and everything else from the kitchen to the dining room, you can provide a permanent home for everything to do with your wine in one place. The wine trolley can hold 12 wine bottles securely, letting you transport them around your home if you feel the need to do so. It can also store … Read more
The LG Wine II was released a few months ago, but we did not have a chance to get a closer look at the phone until CTIA 2010. This overall design is not quite as shiny as its predecessor, the LG Wine, but it still has that basic flip phone form factor. It has a nice and colorful external screen, and the internal display is not too shabby, either. Like its predecessor, the keypad is very spacious with really big keys that are nicely domed for easy dialing and texting. The four shortcut keys have been moved from under the … Read more
Someday, in the far, far future, all food and beverages will be available with either a push of a button or a pull of a tap. Instead of pushing buttons on the phone (or speed dial for some of us) to order a pizza for delivery, some sort of integrated kitchen appliance will provide us with a freshly baked pie. The kitchen scene in Back to the Future had some such contrivance, but for the rest of us, we'll just have to wait. The food-on-demand system may not be available quite yet, but at least when it comes to … Read more
You don't have to be drunk to act like an idiot. We prove that week in and week out. But it certainly doesn't hurt, either! If you're going to be a drunk idiot this St. Patties Day, you will want to check out this very special episode of Gadgettes.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 177 Bottle opener cufflinks: be prepared! Set of Five Star Wars Cantina Band Wine Stoppers Geek Squad wants to save me from myself Chatroulette being used for marketing… Read more