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."
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!
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.
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!
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!
Hi! And welcome to Metrokane's new blog! Every week or so we will fill you in on all the latest news from the maker of the famous Rabbit and Houdini, world's two leading lines of wine accessories and bar tools. We will give you tips and suggestions for entertaining from the company that provides everything you need to open, serve and preserve wine and the perfect cocktail tools for parties and entertaining.
But first, a little history. Metrokane was founded in 1983 by Riki Kane whose background was in advertising. But it wasn't until seventeen years later, when the company introduced its Rabbit line of wine openers, that Metrokane found its dharma. The one hundred and fifty plus product line, from the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe to the Rabbit Swish, is distributed to 42 countries, including Russia and South Africa.
With February 14th fast approaching, we thought we'd share some fun facts about Valentine's Day, which according to Wikipedia, is the second most celebrated holiday around the world, second to New Year's Day.
St. Valentine's Day actually began as a liturgical celebration of one (or more!) early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers (who were forbidden to marry) and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love first flourished. By the 15th century, Valentine's Day had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their feelings by presenting flowers, chocolate and sending mushy cards (which for many of us, began with a swap of Winnie the Pooh themed cut-outs in grade school).
These days, most people are happy if they get an evening (sans kids) with a nice dinner and bottle of wine (best opened with a Rabbit Electric Corkscrew, natch!) or—for those unattached—with friends and fancy pink cocktails (power up your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and one of these recipes.
Either way, love is in the air! Celebrate!
More next week!