Classy Entertaining: Elevate Your Event with an Aperitif

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Starting with the Bud Light when your friends come to the door at Christmas says you gave up. Especially when it’s so easy to step up your game and bring a new sophistication to your holiday entertaining this year. Take a tip from our international friends and pour a simple aperitif.    An aperitif (ap-pair-ee-TEEF)…

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Just in Time for the Holidays: A Party-Planning Guide!

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Planning an event? We can help you determine what to buy and how much you’ll need with our handy-dandy Party Planner. First, expect most guests to have two drinks during the first hour of your party and one drink per hour for the rest of the event. Then follow these simple guidelines:   WINE AND…

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The Rock Star Grape: Cabernet

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Cabernet Sauvignon is, along with Merlot, one of the world’s most planted dark-skinned grape varieties. It’s also one of the most identifiable, with a nose that hints at green peppers and a consistent black currant flavor. The grape is a cross between the red grape Cabernet Franc and the white grape Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet is…

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Wines for Thanksgiving Dining

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Many articles recommend wines to complement a beautiful Thanksgiving spread. But let’s be honest: We know you’re just as likely to need a wine to keep you calm through dinner prep, mask a very dry turkey or help you smile through an awkward meal with the relatives. Consider these suggestions from our very own Rocky…

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More Ideas for Thanksgiving

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While the rolls are baking Before dinner, set a celebratory mood with some bubbly, like Moet and Chandon White Star Champagne. Its crisp fizz is the opposites-attract match to creamy, rich cheese. Add some crackers, some mixed nuts…and you have a perfect trifecta of crispy, creamy, salty. Rolls? What rolls? If you don’t like Champagne…

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Bring On the Bubbly

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To be real Champagne, a wine has to come from the region named Champagne in France. It’s a small area about 90 miles northeast of Paris famous for its chalky soil. Only three grapes are allowed in Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

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Pick up a last minute gift

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Heading to a party and you need a hostess gift? Forgot to buy something for your boss? Stop by Cap n’ Cork and pick up a sparkling Prosecco. It’s generally not too sweet and not too dry, looks festive and won’t hurt your wallet. All of our stores carry gift bags, too.

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Buy beverages for a crowd

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Real Simple magazine offers an appropriately simple Party Food and Beverage Calculator to determine how much wine, beer and spirits you’ll need for crowds of different sizes, plus garnishes, mixers and even appetizers. Some simple rules of thumb: Your average 750mL bottle of wine will offer five 5 oz. glasses. With 1 oz. pours, you’ll get 16 drinks from a 750 mL bottle of liquor.

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Serve wine at the right temperature

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You’ve heard that red wine should be served room temperature. Someone came up with that saying before the days of efficient gas furnaces. Room temperature used to mean close to 60 degrees. Put your bottle of red wine in the refrigerator 15 minutes before you’re ready to pour. At the same time, pull your white…

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Give the gift that will be returned

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It’s the gift for someone who has everything. The gift for those whose tastes you’re not familiar with. The gift that they can share with friends (maybe you!), savor for years or open to celebrate a special occasion. Give Cap n’ Cork gift cards!

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