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November 2013

Thanksgivukkah

November 25, 2013 No comments

Last week we talked about the unusual convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah. This week we're going to talk wine (and Metrokane wine tools and accessories, natch!).

Choosing wines for Thanksgiving courses and flavors—from salty stuffing to spicy pumpkin pie and everything in between—is never easy. And when you figure in the potato latkas for Chanukah it makes it even more challenging (food bloggers have been running amok, calling it Thanksgivukkah and suggesting cross-cultural recipes like turkey brined in Manischewitz with challah stuffing and sweet potato latkes).

The one thing that does remain constant (and much simpler than the final wine selection!) is how you'll open, serve and preserve whatever it is that you're drinking. To open the wine—and perhaps try a sparkling wine this year—pull out your Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50) the combines a premium Electric Corkscrew with a polished chrome Foil Cutter and the Rabbit Wine Preserving Stopper.

If sparkling wines aren't to your taste, give the Rabbit Aerating Decanter System a try ($60) with a bottle of red (Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel are all good choices). This innovative 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.

For white wines, the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe is the perfect way to keep white wines chilled while the candles are lit. (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.

There probably won't be much wine left (but hopefully enough food for left-overs) so we won't talk about preserving until a later post.

However (and whatever!) you celebrate, there's nothing better than family, food and good wine. We at Metrokane wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Thanksgiving/Chanukah

November 13, 2013 No comments

The talk around the water-cooler this year (even the virtual ones!) is how late Thanksgiving falls, and how early Chanukah (there's actually an overlap of two days!).

According to Chabad.org (http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cd...), "Chanukah was declared a Jewish national holiday 2178 years ago. Thanksgiving was declared a national American holiday on the last Thursday of every November by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Before then, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different dates in different states, so we won't count those. But, using the Chabad.org Date Converter, you will see that Thanksgiving coincided with the first day of Chanukah on November 29, 1888. It also coincided with the fifth day of Chanukah on November 30, 1899.

On November 28, 1918, Thanksgiving was on Chanukah eve. But since it's still Thanksgiving until midnight, and Jewish days begin at night, that would still mean that Jewish Americans would have eaten their turkeys that Thanksgiving to the light of their first Chanukah candle.

It gets more complicated. Originally, Thanksgiving was always on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, FDR decided it would be good for the economy to push Thanksgiving back a little, so he declared the fourth Thursday of that November to be Thanksgiving—even though there were five Thursdays to November that year. In 1942, that became federal law. But not all states went along with it. As late as 1956, Texas was still celebrating Thanksgiving a week later than the rest of the country."

So now that we've cleared that up a bit, next week we'll talk about what wine to drink for each holiday.Thanksgiving/Chanukah