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Memorial Day

May 20, 2013 No comments

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and for many Americans it simply marks the official three-day weekend start of summer and a great time to shop for bargains. It didn't start that way.

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday that is celebrated on the final Monday of May. It was created as a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. And while many people do honor those who have fought and died, most throng to backyard BBQ's and beaches, which is where Metrokane comes in.

If it's a hot weekend (we can only hope!) and the party isn't at your house, tote your wine with the Rabbit Wine Trek. It comes with a Chiller Wrap that is ready to use after 30 minutes in the freezer and keeps red wine cool and drinkable too.

When you get to the party, serve your wine with the innovative Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe, which uses no plastic ice chamber or freezable chemicals (the stainless ice chamber is a highly efficient cold-transfer material, far superior to glass or plastic).

Prefer a summer cocktail? Shake it up with the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer ($20), kick back and enjoy.

PS Don't forget the sunscreen!


May 14, 2013 No comments

According to the Wine Institute, wine consumption is up to roughly 856 million gallons in 2012, from 836 million gallons in 2011. That's an increase of 20 million gallons.

How are you going to open, serve and preserve all that wine? If you wanted to, you could probably open a wine bottle with a five dollar waiter corkscrew and plug it up with the very cork you removed. But why should you when there are so many cool products available? >br>
Try the Original Rabbit Corkscrew ($50), which pulls a cork in 3 seconds flat, then automatically releases it (try doing that with a waiter's corkscrew!) . Its user-friendly ergonomic design opens any size wine bottle while looking downright cool.

Serve your wine with the innovative Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe, which uses no plastic ice chamber or freezable chemicals (the stainless ice chamber is a highly efficient cold-transfer material, far superior to glass or plastic).

And finally, preserve the wine with a Wine Preserver Vacuum Pump with 2 Stoppers ($14), which removes air from an opened bottle of wine. This preserves the wines taste until the bottle is re-opened.

Fact is, Americans are drinking--and appreciating--more wine than ever before. And with the full range of Metrokane wine and barware accessories they can now do it in style.

Mother's Day

April 29, 2013 No comments

Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s.

Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world, most commonly in March or May. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/or maternal figure.

The most popular gift, at least in my house, are flowers and candy. But if you really want to wow mom (she always did love you best!), why not pick her up a totally awesome gift from Metrokane? For the mom who enjoys her cocktails (even if it's just on the weekends), there is the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer ($20).For the mom who is more of a wine connoisseur, you can start with the Electric Rabbit Wine Opener ($50). And why not ask dad to pitch in and get the Rabbit Aerating Decanter System too? ($60).

Of course flowers and candy still work. Just remember to throw in the Rabbit Flipper Pourer/Stoppers ($8.00). They're cute little air-tight wine stoppers and drip-free pourers too!

Summer Hostess Gifts

April 29, 2013 No comments

Summer is a season of pool parties, house parties and dinner parties. And if there's one thing that you need more than a good sunscreen, it's a go-to list of hostess gifts. From expensive to not-so-expensive, Metrokane has you covered.

Following find a list below to insure that you never arrive empty-handed.

Rabbit Flipper Pourer/Stoppers ($8.00)
It's an air-tight wine stopper (flip to close). It's a drip-free pourer (flip to open). *Package comes in a set of 2 assorted colors

Wine Preserver Vacuum Pump with 2 Stoppers ($14.00)
The Wine Preserver is a pump-and-stopper vacuum system that removes air from an opened bottle of wine. This preserves the wines taste until the bottle is re-opened.

Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer ($20.00)
Mixing cocktails is more fun than ever with the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer. Measure the ingredients of your favorite cocktail into the Mixer, add ice, and press the start button. Enjoy the mixing show, then pour chilled, delicious cocktails.

Rabbit 4 Piece Tool Kit ($25.00)
Includes all the tools needed to open, serve and store wine: Rabbit Self-Pulling Corkscrew, Foil Cutter, Pourer with Stopper and Wine/Champagne Sealer.

Rabbit Wine Trek ($30.00)
Wine Trek comes with a Chiller Wrap that is ready to use after 30 minutes in the freezer. It keeps red wine cool and drinkable too—the first-ever carrier that keeps wine and champagne cool as you "keep on trekking".

Rabbit Wine Chilling Carafe ($50.00)
The Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe keeps wine chilled the natural way. (No plastic ice chamber! No freezable chemicals!) It's a more effective chilling carafe because the stainless ice chamber is a highly efficient cold-transfer material, far superior to glass or plastic.

Happy Summer!

Ask Ms. Metrokane

April 22, 2013 No comments

Let's face it; the world of wine and bar accessories can be pretty daunting. To make it easier, we're launching a new Q&A that will appear semi-regularly called "Ask Ms. Metrokane".

Please feel free send us all your wine and bar accessory related questions and we'll do our best to answer them.

Dear Ms. Metrokane,
I was hoping that you'd be able to help me. I met a man at a party the other night and we were super attracted to each other. Except for the fact that he kept twirling his glass of red wine! Now I know that this is probably considered chic and sophisticated in some circles, but to me it just looked kind of pretentious. Should I tell the guy that I'm just not interested? Or can you suggest something?

—From Miss I Hate Twirling

Dear Miss I Hate Twirling,

No need to dump the lad! Just get him a Rabbit Aerating Pourer! At just $30 its not too much of an investment. This way your guy won't need a decanter or a separate aerator (so awkward to hold above the glass as you pour). Simply insert the Rabbit Aerating Pourer into a wine bottle as you would a conventional pourer. When you pour the wine, you see and hear aeration happening. When he tastes it, he'll you enjoy the enhanced flavor and bouquet of perfectly aerated red wine and he'll look at you with love in his eyes!

If you're not yet sure he's worth the investment, try the Rabbit Swish On-Glass Aerator priced at just $20.00. All you do is place the Rabbit Swish Aerator on a wine glass and pour red wine through it. You create a "wine shower" right in the glass to soften the wine, improve its taste and enhance its bouquet. The Rabbit Swish also has a fine-mesh screen that removes sediment that may settle in fine wines. So tell him to forget the twirling! Every red wine tastes better when you "swish it."

Ms. Metrokane

Tax Day—Need We Say More

April 9, 2013 No comments

In the United States, Tax Day is a colloquial term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. The term may also refer to the same day for states, even where the tax return due date is a different day. And although, to our knowledge, there has never been a survey done to prove it, we would venture to guess that Tax Day is also a top cause for drinking (which is where we come in).

Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund the Civil War, and subsequently repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional. The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Tax payment dates varied by act.

The case of Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. challenged the constitutionality of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act of 1894 which taxed incomes over $4,000 at the rate of two percent. The case was decided by the US Supreme Court in 1895. The Supreme Court decided that the Act's unapportioned income taxes on interest, dividends, and rents were effectively Direct taxes. The Act was therefore unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution's rule that direct taxes be apportioned. In 1913, eighteen years later, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, giving the US Congress the legal authority to tax all incomes without regard to the apportionment requirement.

The filing deadline for individuals was March 1 in 1913 and was changed to March 15 in 1918 and again to April 15 in 1955. Today, the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns for individuals remains April 15 or, in the event that the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

But enough about taxes; let's talk more about drinking!

Two years ago, the website Kitchen Riffs wrote about The Income Tax Cocktail, which believe it or not is a classic, although with obscure origins. Legend has it that the ITC probably began as a variation on the Bronx cocktail (it's the same recipe, but with the addition of Angostura bitters). The Bronx was extremely popular in the pre-Prohibition era, although some of the more hardcore drinkers considered it "weak" because it contained orange juice. Speaking of orange juice, try to use fresh squeezed (easy with the Rabbit Citrus Juicer!), not the pre-made stuff, when you mix an Income Tax (or Bronx) cocktail. It really makes a difference. The recipe below yields one drink, although depending on how much you owe the IRS, you might want to fill your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer to the top and make several.

Get Your Easter On!

March 25, 2013 No comments

Nothing says "rabbit" like Easter, and while most people don't put bunny on their menus, there is the conundrum of what wines to imbibe with the more traditional roasted ham or a leg of lamb.

Wines for Easter
Let's start with the ham. Ham is often prepared with glazes or toppings that are sweet and can balance the inherent saltiness of the actual meat. Well paired wines can accomplish the same objective. For ham, the best "tried and true" companion wines are, hands-down – a Riesling or a Gewurztraminer. Both wines tend to offer fresh, flavorful taste profiles with enough sweet fruit to balance the salt in the ham and enough acidity to support the combination without compromising the flavor in either the ham or the wine.

Use your handy-dandy Rabbit Electra to open a bottle or two, and to keep the wine cool while the kids hunt for Easter eggs, look no further than Rabbit Wine Chilling Carafe.

If red wine is your first choice, then a Zinfandel is a perfect pick, as the higher alcohol content and fruit forward approach can handle the ham's sweeter side.

You can still use your Rabbit Electra opener, but give the Rabbit Aerating Decanter System a try. This innovative gorgeous gadget breaks red wine down into tiny droplets that spray down the side of the decanter, instantly picking up oxygen that enhances both flavor and aroma. The Super-Aerating system includes a hand-blown crystal decanter, crystal glass wine-spray funnel and super-fine sediment screen. Allowing wine time to "breathe" is now a thing of the past.

Not having ham for Easter? No problem. The trick with lamb—whether rack, leg or roast—is "to stick with your well grounded red wines - a red Burgundy, a northern Rhone red, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot or a Tempranillo or Shiraz. You are shooting for red wines with decent tannin structure, good fruit and a finish that can endure as long as the lamb itself. The goal is to have a wine with enough fruit and acidity to handle the robust flavors of the lamb, but not overpower it in the process.

Since it's a holiday, why not try the top of the line VIP Vertical Rabbit—or better idea, why not bring it as a hostess gift? The new Rabbit features all-chrome plated body with faux leather grip pad. It is housed in a hi-design storage case crafted of stainless steel and faux leather. Like all Rabbit Corkscrews, it opens a wine bottle in three seconds flat, has been tested for 20,000 cork pulls and carries a 10-Year Warranty. Metrokane offers many different Rabbit Corkscrews but only one "Super-Rabbit."

Serve the red wine via the Rabbit Aerating Pourer, which negates the need for a decanter and a separate aerator (so awkward to hold above the glass as you pour). Simply insert the Rabbit Aerating Pourer into a wine bottle as you would a conventional pourer. When you pour the wine, you see and hear aeration happening. When you taste it, you enjoy the enhanced flavor and bouquet of perfectly aerated red wine. The Rabbit Aerating pourer is the first easy, uncomplicated way to aerate wine.

Whatever wine or main course you choose, all of us at Metrokane wish you a very happy Easter!

All About Passover

March 19, 2013 No comments

We hope that everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day (even though in the East it was cold enough to freeze a leprechaun's pants off!). No matter. Spring is starting on Wednesday and we have Passover (begins Monday, 3/25) and Easter Sunday (the 31st) a little less than a week ahead.

The Passover holiday, for those of you who don't know, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The Bible states that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians, the worst being the death of the first born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-borns in these homes, hence the name of the holiday.

When the Pharaoh finally freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise. In commemoration, no leavened bread is eaten during the seven or eight days of the holiday, which is where matzo comes in.

It is traditional for Jewish families to gather on the first or second night of Passover for a special dinner called a Seder. Tables are set with the finest china, silverware and crystal are crafted in Europe of brilliant crystal and feature elegant "pulled stems," maximum transparency and clarity) to reflect the importance of the meal. During the meal the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold using a special text called the Haggadah. Four cups of wine are consumed at various stages in the narrative. The most popular brand, in my house, anyway, was Manischewitz, which, in order to be Kosher for Passover, is produced using real cane sugar, instead of corn syrup.

Seder not at your house this year? No problem with the Rabbit Wine Trek, which does so much more than carry white wine and champagne. The Wine Trek comes with a Chiller Wrap that is ready to use after 30 minutes in the freezer. It keeps red wine cool and drinkable too—the first-ever carrier that keeps wine and champagne cool as you "keep on trekking" (not sure about 40 days and 40 nights, though).

How to preserve the wine not used? Try a Wine Preserver Vacuum Pump with 2 Stoppers.

The Passover Seder is a special time to spend with family and friends, acknowledging blessings, eating good food and drinking good wine. What could be better than that?

March Madness

March 12, 2013 No comments

Technically, the term "March Madness" refers to the NCAA Basketball Championship, a single-elimination college basketball tournament which takes place each spring in the United States. But it could easily be applied to the weather (if you're on the East Coast, there was a snow storm on Friday, followed by temps in the 60s on Saturday), the time change (we sprang forward this past Saturday night into Sunday) and the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, which officially doesn't happen until the 17th but was nevertheless kicked off by endless parades this past weekend.

Tired yet?

My suggestion to countering all this craziness—and that's in advance of the wearing of the green—is to take it easy (as much as possible) this week. Ease into the week with a glass of wine at the end of the day (opened with your Original Rabbit Corkscrew, natch!) and perhaps a viewing of the Netflix hit, "House of Cards" (love that Kevin Spacey!).

Not into tv? How about getting a jump on your prep for corned beef and cabbage? Need an accompanying wine suggestion? Try a medium bodied red wine that is soft and fruity…and don't forget to use your Houdini Swish On-Glass Aerator!

Baking more your style? How about an Irish Soda Bread, which definitely goes better with a light, white wine (and be sure to keep it chilled in a Rabbit Wine Chilling Carafe).

In closing, try not to over drink or over eat. Remember, Easter and Passover are just around the corner!

Spring is (Finally) in the Air

March 1, 2013 No comments

Is it me? Or do the birds seem to be chirping extra loud these days? And why is the grocery store filled with Easter eggs, Irish soda bread…and matzoh? The answer is easy…spring is (finally!) in the air! (Note to people in the Northeast…we're expecting a snow storm this week).

The first holiday on the calendar is St. Patrick's Day, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. Named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), it was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. Celebrating the day usually involves parades and festivals, the wearing of green attire (Old Navy is great for t-shirts) and green beaded necklaces. It is also observed—in the US anyway—by excessive drinking (be sure to have a Rabbit Pocket Flask).

Not in the mood for green beer? (If you are, here's a recipe…12oz. beer-any beer will do, although lighter colored beers will display the green better and one drop of food coloring). How about an emerald colored cocktail, mixed up with a Rabbit Electric Cocktail Shaker?

There are many green-colored liquors, including Midori or a sour apple schnapps, or, for a stronger green tint, try green crème de menthe. Measure what you need to use with the Rabbit Double Jigger. Additional recipes can be found here: Green Cocktail Recipes.

More on St. Patrick's Day next week! But gird your loins…this is a holiday that requires a lot of stamina, especially as this year it takes place on Sunday!