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!