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Get rid of your bad wine!

Get rid of your bad wine!

 

Think your Christmas wine is only fit for cooking? An Australian winery has the answer.

For wine lovers, the holiday season is a tricky one. While wine gifts may be gladly received, all too often the bottles presented are best suited to making risotto. But in Australia, marketers have come up with a positive solution.

Fifth Leg, a Western Australian brand owned by Treasury Wine Estates, is organizing a “Bad Taste Amnesty” for later this month. Under the one-day scheme, any Australian who wants to get rid of an unwanted wine can trade it for a bottle of Fifth Leg wine.

Whether the boss has handed over a basic table red, or a dinner guest has brought a bargain-bin pinot grigio that resembles vinegar, those bottles in the back of the cupboard can be exchanged for a more palatable wine.
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Facebook Gifts enables members of legal age to buy and ship wine to one another

You can’t respond to a Facebook friend request with a wine request … yet. But you can now legally buy and send wine to your Facebook friends who are 21 or older and live in a state where direct-to-consumer wine shipping is permitted.

Facebook Gifts debuted this past Tuesday, offering the social network’s 1 billion users the chance to buy real-life gifts—options range from Williams-Sonoma gourmet snacks, to Sky Mall-type gadgets, to wine—for their Facebook friends. Facebook Gifts debuts just one month after Amazon introduced its own long-anticipated wine sales portal. Facebook’s wine sales are being facilitated through ShipCompliant, which claims more than 2,000 winery clients throughout the United States. Both Facebook wine giver and receiver must be age 21 or older and, as with all wine shipments, the delivery must be signed for by an adult with a valid ID.

The number of ShipCompliant wine brands available through Facebook Gifts is growing, with nearly a dozen available at press time, including Amuse Bouche, Blackbird, Captûre, Domaine Chandon and Robert Mondavi Winery. Current selections range in price from $14 to $90, with an additional charge of $15 to $20 for processing, handling and… read on

Your wine-loving friends can stay cool all year with these gifts designed for serving wine at its best

 

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December and its holidays are once again upon us, bringing crisp, cold nights and toasty evenings indoors, preferably with a glass of wine in front of a warm fire. Unfortunately, that glass of wine can end up warm before its time, especially those of the white variety. For this season’s holiday gift guide, the Wine Spectator staff tested out as many new wine- and bottle-chilling devices (many of them multifunctional) as we could get our hands on. And these cool holiday treats will be even more appreciated when the summer months roll around.

Metrokane Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe ($50, metrokane.com)
Metrokane’s new Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe is a lovely serving vessel on its own—it has a nice heft and balance to it, with a rubber grip around the neck and a drip-proof lip, as suitable for orange juice or iced tea as it is wine, of which it will hold a full 750ml bottle with the chilling device in place. Unlike most of the other tools for keeping wine cold featured here, the Rabbit Carafe will actually bring white wine down from room temperature to serving temperature. The thin stainless-steel walls of the ice-filled insert, in direct contact with the wine, are ideal for cold transfer. The Metrokane’s Houdini brand version ($40) of the carafe features a screw-top plastic lid without the rubber neck grip.—Robert Taylor

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