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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘wine’
Posted: July 29th, 2014
Corked

My daughter and husband made this out of corks!

There isn’t a lot I don’t know about wine. And corks. And that picture at left shows what my daughter and husband did with corks. Here’s some really good news from the email files:

Women buy 80 percent of all wine sold in the U.S., and women overwhelming prefer cork stoppers.

30 million bottles of wine are sold in the U.S. annually.

Cork is one of nature’s most sustainable products. There is no shortage of cork, nor are the cork trees cut down to make cork stoppers. The more that cork is used, the greater the incentive to maintain and plant more cork oaks.

Want more info on cork? Visit www.100percentcork.org Here are a few Q & As from that website:

Q. What happens to the cork trees after the bark is removed?

A. Contrary to widely held misconceptions, the trees are not cut down or harmed in any way in the harvesting process. Like sheep, whose shorn wool grows back over time, the bark from a cork oak regenerates every nine years.

cork mat

I wish we could make this out of corks! Click on the picture for a how-to-make this mat from corks.

Q. Isn’t there a cork shortage?

A. No. Based upon current estimates, there is enough cork to seal all wine bottles produced in the world for the next 100 years. The cork forests are now being more sustainably managed than ever before, and new planting is always ongoing.

Q. Why is cork the preferred wine stopper?

A.  For centuries, cork stoppers have been the closure par excellence for wine, preferred by over 70% of producers worldwide and used in more than 12 billion bottles every year. 93% of wine consumers associate natural cork with higher quality wines. The reason is simple. Unlike alternative stoppers, only cork allows just the right amount of oxygen to interact with the wine so that it ages properly.

Thanks to Wendy Tanaka of Sitrick And Company in San Francisco, Calif.,  for the info.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: December 13th, 2012

It’s here — our comprehensive food, wine and beer pages, and just in time for the holidays. Now you have all the Erie Times-News and GoErie.com food content in one place. Dining in? Check. Dining out? Check. Recipes? And how!

Plus we have all the news you can use on beer, wine and cocktails. You’ll also find videos on how to make our latest recipes! Blogs, newsletters and food reviews — it’s all here in one place. Click on the links below to take a look at our delicious food pages.

Enjoy our updated site, and visit often!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 7th, 2012

I found these cute Volére wine boxes that look like purses  last night at the Wine and Spirits Store in Yorktown Center, 2501 W. 12th St.  Here’s the number: (814) 871 – 4721. This store is open from 9 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

They are apparently flying off the shelves.  I wrote about these in July when they first became available in the U.S.  This adorable purse-shaped box holds two bottles of wine.  It was on The View. Watch the video here. The wine is getting really good reviews, and it’s $12.99 to $14.99.

The store I went to had Volére purses in Pinot Grigio, Merlot/Pinot Noir, and Rosé. Volére Pinot Grigio has hints of apple and white pear. Volére Merlot/Pinot Noir boasts some berry, cherry and currant and vanilla flavors. Volére Rosé offers wild strawberry and raspberry.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.le

 

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Posted: December 5th, 2012

A cool purse o’wine caught my attention a few months ago — it was a wine box that looked like a purse. Today I found jute, leather and faux leather purses that hold a bottle of wine — a perfect hostess gift — and you can ship them into Pennsylvania without worrying about PLCB laws. These purses retail for $6.95 to $26.95 and are just too cute from Giftedgrape.com

Here’s the direct link to order the purses.

Here’s another link to Gala wine purses, featured in Oprah’s magazine — they start at $29.95. Of course they hold wine.

Here’s a link to a New York Daily News article that discusses the popularity of wine purses as a fashion item. Who knew?

Here’s a link to my blog on the purse o’wine that looks like a purse — a $12.99 to $14.99 purse with a spigot that dispenses the equivalent of two bottles of wine. It appeared on The View. Watch the video here. They are available from MW Imports and produced by Italy’s Cantina di Soav.

Wine in a purse — I’ll drink to that!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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Posted: November 15th, 2012
The Grape Country Marketplace,  17 W. Main Street, sells wine and more starting Nov. 16!
Directly across from Gibson Park, it will host an artist reception Friday night along with the grand opening of its wine shop.
You can wine and dine at the adjoining Rizzo’s on the Park restaurant too.
With 32 varieties of wine, Welch’s products, a Welch’s museum and art by regional artists, it’s a great place to visit. Winter hours are:   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 pm  – 6 pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.
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Posted: November 1st, 2012

While other issues are far more important, our Pennsylvania lawmakers again — it’s been seven years — failed to pass a law that permits direct shipments of wine to our homes.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports — read it here.

Jane Earll introduced a bill that passed the state Senate in May. Curt Sonney sponsored a House bill that failed. Sonney promises to revive it in January.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 23rd, 2012

I missed National Martini Day this summer, but I have advance notice that August 30 is National Cabernet Day thanks to Wines that Rock, a group that has names like Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon, The Police’s Synchronicity, Rolling Stones’s Forty Licks Merlot, Greatful Dead Red Wine Blend and Woodstock Chardonnay.

It is also on Facebook of course — right here.

If it seems like I am stuck on wines recently,(I wrote about wine last week as a good skin therapy — read the story here.) it’s because I am. Check out our wine issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle this Sunday in home-delivered copies of the Sunday Times-News.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 10th, 2012

Last week, I blogged about Italian style wine in a purse.  Here’s a link on where to find it.

It is the latest thing in box o’wine. Looks like a purse with its own spigot. This adorable purse holds two bottles of wine. And you know it’s for real — it was on The View. Watch the video here. The wine is getting really good reviews, and it’s $12.99 to $14.99 a purse — now that’s a fashion-forward steal.

Here’s a demonstration of how it works.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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Posted: August 3rd, 2012

Italian style — wine in a purse. It is the latest thing in box o’wine. Looks like a purse with its own spigot. This adorable purse holds two bottles of wine. And you know it’s for real — it was on The View. Watch the video here. The wine is getting really good reviews, and it’s $12.99 to $14.99 a purse — now that’s a fashion-forward steal. I’m loving this purse as a novelty.

Imagine the possibilities. Here’s a demonstration where the taster says it’s pretty good wine. Volére purses up Pinot Grigio, Merlot/Pinot Noir, and Rosé. Volére Pinot Grigio has hints of apple and white pear. Volére Merlot/Pinot Noir boasts some berry, cherry and currant and vanilla flavors. Volére Rosé offers wild strawberry and raspberry .

According to the news release out of MW Imports, the wines are produced by Italy’s Cantina di Soav, which was recently named “Rising Star” by Beverage Dynamics for the second year. Consumer and retailer demand across the country has been overwhelming.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 18th, 2012

There’s an old saying that men sweat and women glow. In 90-degree heat, when I play two hours of tennis, I don’t glow. I sweat.

We all know sweating is the body cooling itself off. If you are female, you may mist, glow or sweat at certain times of the month — or if you are as old as I am. Well, here are sweating solutions and things to watch out for.

Low iron levels. Years ago when I was running like a fiend and playing tennis — and sweating — I had bouts of dizziness, fatigue and difficulty breathing. After my doc tested for everything, he found my iron levels were just shy of normal, and he put me on an iron supplement. It worked. Now, before you run out and take an iron supplement — check with your doc. Too much iron in your system is dangerous.

On “The Doctors,” they offer solutions to embarrassing sweating during workouts. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson also explains night sweats and how to treat them. She also suggests that endocrine disorders, thyroid problems, hormone and pituitary imbalances can be to blame. Alternative therapies from webmd.com include soy, black cohosh, dong quai root, ginseng, kava, red clover, or DHEA.

Certain foods and drinks, such as spices, liquor, wine and other triggers can cause your body to sweat and release odors. Other things that The Doctors recommend for severe uncontrolled sweating include: BotoxThe Vaser procedure, Accusculpt.

No matter what problem you have, don’t stress about it. That will only make you sweat. Go talk to a doc.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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