accent pillow case baby burlap decorative Wine Wise Guy Anthony Giglio Answers Your Questions About Wine geometric cushion covers

EVERYONE we know has questions about wine and the best person we know for answers is Anthony Giglio, aka The Wine Wise Guy, an Improvised Life contributor and of late, wine blogger for Details. Anthony is the guy who pioneered using wine-friendly frozen grapes to chill a glass of wine without diluting the flavor.?We excerpted a?key fast-chill method for a whole bottle, below. His weekly Details column?answers such perplexing questions as Do Those Wine-Aerator Gadgets Really Work?…;…;Isn’;t It Wrong to Pair Red Wine With Fish?…;

…;How Long Does a Bottle of Wine Last in the Fridge?…;

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…;Is Prosecco Really Just the Poor Man’;s Champagne?…;

…;What is Corked Wine and Is it Okay to Cook with It?…;

Check out Anthony’;s answers to these and many other questions here.

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In the meantime, if you need to chill a bottle of wine FASTaccent pillow case baby burlap decorative, here’;s the way (and whys) according to Anthony. Start with the Proper Bath, then ramp it up to Superfast by adding salt:

PROPER BATH: Nothing works as well as a proper ice bath to power-chill any wine (or beer, for that matter). However, you need more than just ice to make this work; you need water, too. Fill an ice bucket up with ice, then halfway up with water, then drop bottles into the bath. If there’;s room for more water, add it. For big parties pull out the big bucket…;or even a garbage pail or bath tub, and do the same.

SUPERFAST BATH: If you’;re trying to chill Champagne super-fast, or building an ice bath for a long party, salt is the secret weapon. Depending on the size of the bucket or tub, Add a cup of salt (I use Kosher) for every gallon of water. Make a slurry in the bowl first, whisking the salt with warm water to dilute it. Then dump the ice on top and add cold water quickly. What’;s the difference between this and the proper bath above? When ice melts in water, it stays at 32°F until it melts away (and gets warmer). When ice meets salt, it melts so quickly at first it uses its own thermal energy to turn into water, but that water chills down much, much colder to, say, around 15°F.

Editor’; Note: While looking for an image of what an ice-cube water bath looks like (i.e. NOT just ice cubes), we came across a novel way to haul iced bottles to the beach or park: Clear Plastic Collapsible Ice Cooler Bag with Handles.

…;wonder what Anthony thinks of it…;

Eddie Ross has a thing for old stuff. In fact, he’s made a career out of giving new life to vintage and flea-market finds, from furniture to fine art and kitschy accessories. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a former food editor, he honed his decorating and entertaining skills as a design director on culinary TV shows and as a private caterer. He made the leap to full-time design as the Associate Decorating Editor for House Beautiful, where his “Weekend Shopper” column introduced fellow décor lovers to flea markets all over the U.S. He also worked as the Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living, and took on decorating and entertaining gigs for clients as diverse as Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdales, Lowe’s, Pottern Barn, Gracious Home, and Calico Corners.

Be honest. How many of you have had really big plans to showcase your impressive Halloween pumpkins only to realize that, halfway through carving a disaster of a spooky pumpkin, you are not well-equipped to be doing this at all? If you know what I’m talking about, skip the stress and the mess by leaving the knives and power tools in the kitchen drawer (where they belong) and pulling out your paints and brushes instead. 

Moving into a new house or flat is an amazing achievement, one that should be celebrated with your closest family and friends. You’ve been through all the stress and hardship, you’ve got all the boxes moved in, now it’s time to party! First of all, you’ll want to pick a date and time, as well as start thinking carefully about who to invite. Do you want a quiet and intimate do that’s family only? Or is a rowdy night featuring all of your friends the preferred route to go down?