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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Bright Spirits

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Blender drinks are always a hit when it’s hot. But we often have a hard time dragging ourselves away from the pool or getting off the boat. Pushing that button on the blender is so much effort! Good thing Cap n’ Cork carries a bunch of premixed beverages. Back to our fun in the sun……

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Special Days

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April 7: National Beer Day April 9: International Gin and Tonic Day May 24: Chardonnay Day June 14: National Bourbon Day June 19: National Martini Day July 24: National Tequila Day September 21-October 6: Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany) September 28: Drink Beer Day October 14: Day Homebrewing Legalized in U.S. November 2: Learn How to Homebrew…

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Toasts

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Christmas Toasts I wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year, A pocket full of money And a cooler full of beer. Here’s wishing you more happiness Than all my words can tell, Not just alone for Christmas But for all the year as well.   The light of the Christmas star to…

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Dine with Indiana Wines

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Even if you haven’t been to Oliver Winery, you’ve probably had their Soft Red. (Who hasn’t?) But Oliver isn’t the only one offering vine dining locally. Indiana also boasts Chateau Thomas in Indianapolis; French Lick Winery in French Lick; Satek Winery in Fremont; Turtle Run Winery in Corydon; and many, many more. See the Wineries…

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Choose Hoosier Brews

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True brewing talent is always just a hop, skip and a jump away. In addition to Mad Anthony Brewing Co. here in Fort Wayne, our state can claim Three Floyds in Munster; Four Horsemen and Evil Genius Beer Co. in South Bend; People’s Brewing in Lafayette; Barley Island in Noblesville; Triton and Flat 12 in…

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All About 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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