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April 2013

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."

Best,
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.