Danby DWC276BLS Wine Refrigerator Review

src=”https://www.canadianappliance.ca/img/xxlarge/silhouette/wine-cooler/DWC276BLS_1.jpg” width=”” height=”” />The Danby DWC276BLS is a 12-inch wine refrigerator. You can use it as a built-in or a freestanding design. You can find this model for an average price of $650. Keep reading to learn about some of the features that it offers.

Shelves

The Danby DWC276BLS wine refrigerator is fitted with seven black wire shelves with a stainless steel face. All together, there is enough space to accommodate 27 bottles of wine. You can slide each shelf out so that you can access your wine more easily.

Thermostat

The Danby DWC276BLS is equipped with an adjustable thermostat. You can set it anywhere from 39 degrees to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range makes the unit very versatile. You can use it to store white, red, or even sparkling wines.

Door

The Danby DWC276BLS wine refrigerator has a reversible door. Therefore, you can set it up to open to either the left or right. The tempered glass door is tinted which helps keep UV rays from damaging your wine. The door is also fitted with a child-proof lock so you can keep little children out of the unit.

Humidity

Another nice feature offered by the Danby DWC276BLS is the humidity reservoir. This reservoir is designed to keep moisture inside the refrigerator. Without moisture, the corks in the wine bottles may dry out and damage your wines.

Light

The Danby DWC276BLS wine refrigerator is equipped with an interior light. It is an LED light instead of lighting provided by an incandescent bulb. An incandescent bulb generates heat while LED lights do not.

Design

The Danby DWC276BLS offers a total storage capacity of 2.47 cubic feet. It measures 12 inches tall, 23 inches wide, and 34 inches deep.

The Danby DWC276BLS is useful for storing or simply displaying your wine collection. It is fitted with seven wire shelves that pull out so you can access the bottles easily. The unit can store up to 27 bottles of wine at once. There is also a humidity reservoir which will help prevent the corks from drying out. You can also adjust the thermostat anywhere between 39 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can store any type of wine at the ideal temperature.… Read the rest

Rose Wine Comparisons: Sutter Home vs. Clarendelle Rose

Ever curious to learn about the wines I've come to enjoy, I wondered what made one rose (or blush) wine different from another. Eventually, I did come to realize that these wines in general tend to have less alcohol, and are popular amongst those who don't like strong cocktails. But I also learned that not all rose wines are alike. Depending upon the region, and even the way the wine is produced-one can end up with a hearty, fruity experience, or a light and airy one. I selected two rose wines, and took a closer look at how the grapes were grown and how the wine was manufactured. It was also very interesting to note how much the flavor of wine can vary depending on a few small environmental factors. See how France's Bordeaux rose wine compares to America's more popular Sutter Home White Zinfandel.

Clarendelle Rose (Bordeaux Region)

Clarendelle Rose is a bright rose-colored wine whose notes are equally bright. The intense color is a result of allowing the grapes to ferment while in contact with their red skins, for only a short time. Sophisticated palates will probably detect hints of blueberry and raspberry. Some have claimed to taste elements of blackberry as well, in this Bordeaux wine. But because of the Bordeaux region's pebbly soil, the undertone still remains very light and sandy.

Those who happen to be serving spicy Indian food are in luck if they have a bottle of Clarendelle Rose, as this wine goes well with punchy foods. And because of the wine's delicate texture, most cheeses go well with it. Desserts and entrées seasoned with ginger (carrot cake, or ginger bread) are also good pairings. The $20 price tag (give or take) makes this Bordeaux a reasonably affordable wine for entertaining.

Sutter Home White Zinfandel (Napa Valley, California)

The Zinfandel grape, typically deep red in color, is used to make Sutter Home White Zinfandel. In order to achieve the light rose color of the wine, the Zinfandel grapes are crushed, with excess juice being removed and fermented separately. It is this fermented liquid that becomes "White Zinfandel."

This wine has considerably less alcohol than other wines-and because of its lightness in texture, goes very well with a variety of foods, especially barbecued meats and most pastas. This is perhaps why it has been referred to as a "quaffing wine": wine that can be gulped rather than meagerly sipped. All in all, Sutter Home's flavor is sweet and light, without as much kick as its red and white siblings. The brand sells in most supermarkets for under $10.

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Wine, Music, and Books a Part of January, 2020 Events

It's new. It's exciting. It's 2020, the beginning of a new year and its coming at you bringing a variety of events the whole month of January. The holiday season may be over but the city is still rocking; the neighborhood still bopping with something going on for you.

Winemaker's Dinner
Come out to the Park Grill and join Tom Leonardini, representing Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards of Napa Valley for an evening of food, friends, and fine wines on Thursday, January 20, 2020.

Sure to be a hit with wine connoisseurs, host Tom Leonardini will introduce you to his family's specials, plus award-winning wines of the vineyard. Sample top wine selections: Whitehall Lane 2007, 2008, 2009 with friends and new acquaintances.

Wine Spectator Magazine has selected Whitehall Lane as one of the top 100 wineries that produces wines that are rated among the top 5 in the world! They made the list an impressive 3 times. Wine lovers have to say–that's awesome!

The evening starts with a Wine and Butlered Hors d'oeuvres Reception at 6pm. The reception is followed by a 5-course dinner at 6:45pm as you learn from Leonardini more about the Whitehall Lane Vineyards and get a few lessons in Wine Pairings. For those of you already familiar with the Whitehall Lane brand, one of thire top wines will be featured at dinner: '07 Reserve Napa Cabernet, 92 points.

The seating for this event is limited, so make your reservations soon by calling The Park Grill, 11 N Michigan Ave at 312-521-PARK

Too Hot To Handel
"It's hotter than hot!" Get ready to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day filled with music and neighbors gathering together to commemorate the holiday. Join everyone at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m..

Exelon and The Auditorium Theatre present The Auditorium's annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their production of Too Hot To Handel, the Jazz, Gospel Messiah.

The evening features the Too Hot Choir; the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton; arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson. Artists making an appearance include Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson.

Lakeshore East residents — Magellan allows you to save $10 on the price of level 2 and 3 tickets for this show. Just mention the promo code when you purchase your tickets.

The Magellan promo offer is only valid for the Saturday, January 15 performance. This offer may not be combined with any other discount offer. Also, discounts are not available on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability; restrictions apply.

There are four ways to purchase tickets: call 800-982-2787; Online at Ticketmaster.com or go here; stop by the Box Office located at 50 E. Congress Parkway; Groups of 10 or more call 312-431-2357. For more info, check out the website here.

Book Club Reminder
New Eastside residents listen up! Just a reminder that the … Read the rest

The Wine Diaries: Fish Out of Water

Our third Carnival cruise on the M.S. Conquest was not exactly what we thought it would be. To begin with, we had to sit and wait at U.S. Customs in the Port of Galveston from noon until 4:30pm due to fog keeping our boat from coming ashore on time. Yes, "fog." What kind of crap is that? I mean, I would think that Carnival would be able to sail through fog, but that delay was definitely the beginning of a terrible vacation.

Eventually, at about 4 pm, the Carnival Staff decided to provide sandwiches for everyone waiting. Wow, it was really helpful that they decided to wait four hours to bring them; considering there was only one restaurant open within hiking distance since the rebuilding after Hurricane Ike is taking a while. Needless to say, we did not leave Galveston until 9:30 PM that evening. The upside is that we paid for this incredible balcony suite and there was suppose to be a nice sitting area with a couch, but the picture was deceiving and we were only provided with a stupid chair. (SEE ATTACHED). Not only did the bathroom reek of urine, but there was only one electrical outlet in the entire room and none in the bathroom. Isn't this the modern era of society? The boat was completed in 2002; you would think that they would realize by then that people have certain power needs. How am I supposed to charge my phone, play on the computer, listen to my iPod on the docking station and blow dry my hair all at the same time? I spent way too much money on this vacation to not be able to do at least 3 of the above at any given time. This boat was definitely much nicer than the other boat we have been on prior, but aside from the décor and fixtures, it sucked a whole lot more.

I can understand that day one would be a little hectic from the ship being delayed, but I was expecting the second day to be considerably better. After all, these people do this day in and day out, they should foresee delays, have experienced them before, and should be trained to deal with them properly and get the ship up to full steam in no time. Day two was not so wonderful considering our room steward did not give us our list of daily activities and we had to go complain to the Purser's Desk. We tried to call room service several times, but there was no answer. What is up with not being able to get room service? What is the point of going on a cruise if you cannot eat every two hours? It's not like I'm some spoiled rich girl…they advertise 24 hour free room service, I'm just holding them to their promise they made to me. There were constant lines for everything; due in part to 3,500 people and not enough staff. It was formal night … Read the rest

The 1st Avenue Wine House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The 1st Avenue Wine House is aptly named as it is located at 3412 1st Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Owners Ron and Traci Weber opened the business in an old three level house in October 2003.

At the 1st Avenue Wine House there is an enormous selection of wines. There is a wine for every palate and price range. If you go in with an idea of what you like, they will help you find something that suits your tastes. If you don’t have the first clue about wine, they will be more than willing to help you by giving you a sample or explaining whatever you don’t understand.

At the 1st Avenue Wine House there is a wide selection of gourmet food and cheeses. There are a number of different kinds of cheese from Wisconsin, California, Canada, or overseas choices from Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, and England. For something different and special try the year-aged Swedish Cheddar with Currant Vodka.

There are also French pates, cheese stuffed olives and/or red peppers from Austria, and soups from Turtle Island.

If you have a sweet tooth, try some of the jams and jellies from Campagna, Robert Rothschild Farms, Earth & Vine, or Lollipop Tree. You could also grab some dessert mixes from Gourmet Village.

If you are in a snacking mood, pick up some dips or a cheese-ball from Monks Meadow & Amelia’s. The Antipasto from Splendid Spreads is a great treat too.

The First Avenue Wine House is partnered with Taylor-Made Gift Solutions. If you aren’t good at putting together a gift or if you are not sure what kind of gift to choose, let Taylor-Made Gift Solutions come to the rescue. They are located at the 1st Avenue Wine House and specialize in gift baskets. They offer creative gift solutions for all occasions.

Taylor-Made baskets can be delivered in the Cedar Rapids area. There is a $5 delivery fee added to baskets under $100. There is no delivery fee for baskets over the $100 price range. Ask about shipping options if you are wanting to send a gift to someone from out of town.

The next upcoming event at the 1st Avenue Wine House is September 25. It includes a wine tasting and live music by Billy Heller. Cost is $20.00 at the door. You can receive $5 back with a purchase of two bottles of wine.… Read the rest

NewAir AW-210ED Wine Refrigerator Review

 

The NewAir AW-210ED is a 140-watt wine refrigerator. You can use it to store up to 21 wine bottles. You can find it for an average price of $220. Keep reading to learn about some of the features that it offers.

Control

The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator is fitted with an LED display and digital, touch-button controls. There are two cooling zones, each with its own temperature control. Therefore, you can store both white and red whites at their ideal temperature. The upper zone is suitable for storing white wines, while the lower one is designed to store red wines.

Interior

Both the upper and lower zones have their own glass door so you can see your collection inside. There is also an interior blue LED lighting system so you can see inside more clearly. The LED lighting avoids the problem of additional heat brought on by using incandescent bulbs.

Cooling

The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator features a solid-state thermoelectric cooling system. Since there is only one moving part, the fan, the unit produces little vibrations and noise. This means you won’t be disturbed if you keep it in a busy room. You also don’t have to deal with replacing refrigerant occasionally.

Racks

The NewAir AW-210ED is equipped with seven racks to store your bottles. These chrome-plated racks, while stylish, are designed to provide a stable resting place for your bottles. The upper zone has two racks for a six-bottle capacity, while the lower one has five racks for a 15-bottle capacity.

Design

The NewAir AW-210ED is a free-standing unit with chrome door handles. It measures 13.5 inches wide, 32.25 inches high, and 20 inches deep. It weighs 46 pounds.

The NewAir AW-210ED wine refrigerator has two distinct cooling zones, so you can store both red and white wines at their ideal temperature. The upper zone can hold six bottles, while the lower one has a capacity of 15 bottles. Thanks to the two glass doors and blue LED lighting system, you can easily see your wine collection from the outside. Thanks to a solid-state thermoelectric cooling system, the unit produces little noise too.… Read the rest

Homegrown Wine in England

Coxley Vineyard is a quiet, peaceful country retreat set in the heart of the Somerset countryside of England. Proprietors Max Orofino and Vince Ferro run an award-winning West Country restaurant. You can be assured of superb food and a fine selection of wines, including estate grown and bottled Coxley wine.

The vineyard that adjoins the property is open to the public. The wine is a medium-dry white from French and German grape varieties, and 6,000 bottles are produced annually. The climate precludes red wine. The original owners of the vineyard tried producing up to 20,000 bottles but found there was no market for British wine. Even locals are not willing to try British wine when cheap European wine with a much better reputation, if not taste, is available.

Some blame the politicians and bureaucrats (ahh, the same the world over) who pass regulations that increase his cost and prevent Britain from developing a wine industry to compete with France and Italy. However, I have tasted British wine. It's not just politics that depress the attractiveness of British wine. Vive la difference.

Adjoining the restaurant are ten rooms that have been slowly remodeled and modernized over the years. All the rooms are en suite with color television, coffee/tea maker, central heating, and with facilities for the disabled.

Unlike some hotel restaurants, this one is a local favorite. The menu is an eclectic mix of French and traditional English. There is always an extensive list of specials on the blackboard augmenting the one-page menu. Although the menu is not extensive, there is at least one dish covering different likes: a vegetarian, a fish, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, etc. The duckling in honey orange sauce was especially delicious. A favorite of here is the traditional Andalusian Paella.

I suggest the Hot Spotted Dick for dessert only if you still have a substantial appetite. It is a mouthful. And for those who still believe the British can't make a good cup of coffee, the menu lists "real espresso" and "real cappuccino." After all, Starbuck's has arrived.
The rooms (at $60 to $75) fill up on the weekends, so call ahead. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included in the room price. Coxley Vineyard is near Wells, Somerset.

Coxley, itself, is ideally situated for those wishing to explore the West Country. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath is a short drive away, and combines outstanding architectural heritage with elegant shops. The Roman Baths is touted as the finest in the world. Other notable Bath attractions include the Abbey, Royal Crescent, Pump Rooms, Assembly Rooms, and the Museum of Costume. Bath is often crowded and rooms can be expensive. Staying in the Wells area is a practical and economical alternative.
Wells lies in the shelter of the Mendip Hills, home of Cheddar cheese. Some think of Wells as the prettiest of cathedral cities. It is the smallest. This size invites exploration on foot. Also in the area are … Read the rest