Chances are you’ve been to a wine tasting or two at a vineyard or perhaps a local wine shop. But now it’s time to take your wine-connoisseur status to the next level – right at home with good company. Here’s how to pull it off like a pro.

Global Wine Cellars Vino Tasting

1. Provide simple glasses. No need to use specific styles for each wine – your small pours won’t be in the glass long. As long as you have one glass per person and a water pitcher for rinsing between tastes, you’re good.

2. Make each glass personal. A variety of festive coasters or wine charms will add a custom element to each person’s tasting. Because assessing lip-prints shouldn’t be the way you avoid mixing up glasses.

3. Prep the wine before guests arrive. Ideal serving temperatures for white wines range between 49 and 55 degrees, while red wines should be in the 62- to 68-degree range. And don’t forget to let the full-bodied reds breathe. Decant at least 25 to 30 minutes before you plan to taste.

4. Stock up on snacks. Set out crackers and a mix of cheeses. Use one mild – think Brie, Teleme, or Jack; one medium like Havarti, Gouda, or Edam; and one strong blue, like Gorgonzola or Stilton. Finish the spread with grapes or strawberries, crunchy Marcona almonds, and chocolates.

5. Educate your guests. They should be seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, and swallowing to fully experience each wine. And if they can’t quite pinpoint the flavors? Keep tasting notes on hand to identify hints of plum, lavender, leather, oak, and more.

Ready to host? Stock up on wine and tasting notes in our Global Wine Cellars Boutique, which opened Thursday, May 7, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 10, 2015

Now that arctic freezes are a distant memory, all we can think about is getting outside and grilling. But an alfresco meal just isn’t complete without the right wine pairing. So we consulted Jennifer Ingellis, a sommelier over at Global Wine Cellars, for advice. Here, the 2012 Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year shares three must-try wines and what to serve with them.

Global Wine Cellars Grill Pairings

1. Peñalolén Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Chile
Serve: Juicy herb-marinated steaks – as rare as you can handle – or protein-rich veggies like mushrooms, eggplant, or roasted tomatoes. This dark red’s plum and cherry flavors play well with meaty options.

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May 7, 2015

It’s Cinco de Mayo today. So at the very least, you should be celebrating with a giant bag of tortilla chips, guac, and salsa – all washed down with a fresh new cocktail. Not sure what to pour? We spent the morning scouring the web (you’re welcome), and stumbled on what may be the best Cinco drink of all time – Margarita Sangria, courtesy of Completely Delicious.

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Sangria

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May 5, 2015

Hoping to cook up some chemistry in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Plated, an innovative company that ships fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door, has just the couple-approved recipe for you. So grab a sous-chef and a few ingredients, then follow the steps below. Within an hour, the two of you will share an inevitable Lady-and-the-Tramp moment over a plate of Spaghetti with Ricotta Beef Meatballs and Marinara Sauce.

February 12, 2015

You know the routine well: coming home to an empty fridge and resorting to takeout, again. But Plated, an innovative ready-to-cook meal subscription, is out to change that. They deliver fresh, premeasured ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door weekly. All you have to do? Follow super-easy step-by-step cooking instructions and enjoy. Read on to see just what makes Plated a cut above.

Reasons to Choose Plated

  1. Discover Offbeat Ingredients
    With each box, unpack a new food adventure. Soon you’ll boil squid-ink pasta, roast up golden beets (the red beet’s blonde sibling), and bite into Chinese broccoli (a veggie akin to kale).
  2. Intercontinental Inspiration
    Plated’s top-tier chefs? They get around. These experts have studied global cuisines – in the countries that they actually originated in. We’re talking wine reductions from France, curry from India, and much more. Authenticity, coming right up.
  3. Restaurant Favorites, at Home
    Skip the reservations and throw on your sweatpants. Thanks to Plated’s easy-to-follow recipes, you’ll be serving five-star dishes at your abode in no time at all.

Ready to give it a try? Our Plated Boutique opens Monday, February 9, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2015

All the vegan ladies, put your hands up! Clean-eating advocate Beyoncé has partnered with her personal trainer, Marco Borges, to launch a vegan food delivery service.

Beyonce's Vegan Meal Delivery Service

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What’s in it for us? Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and 100% plant-based meals for 22 days. According to the program, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. By the next day, we’re well on our way to making those changes second nature.

Three weeks without bread or Brie? Like Bey, we better wake up flawless once those deliveries end.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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February 3, 2015

We’re a full week into the new year, and chances are you’ve signed up for the gym or reworked the contents of your fridge. But what about the kitchen as a whole? Here are three things that will help turn healthy resolutions into lifelong commitments.


Healthy Kitchen Additions

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January 8, 2015

If you’re an expert at trimming the tree – and we suspect you are – now is the time to apply those decorating skills to your drink menu. Read on for a few garnish ideas to elevate at-home libations. And yes, sampling is encouraged.

Fortune Cookie Garnish

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December 23, 2014

I’ve never been much into sweets, but I love a good Irish coffee. So when my friend from Ireland shared this real-deal recipe, I thought I’d try my luck. The verdict? Easy to make – and even easier to drink. Better yet, the concoction was complete in less than 30 seconds.

DIY Irish Cream

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December 12, 2014

Cooking up a storm and corralling rogue relatives is work. So when it comes to the drink in your hand? Simplicity is key. Using ingredients you probably already have on hand, whip up this easy cranberry simple syrup and add a splash to vodka or wine. Voilà! You’re ready to sip.

Cranberry Simple Syrup Recipe

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November 26, 2014