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Sock Monkey is a Total Wino

Too much wine can lead to serious monkey business. So start the drunken night off early with this sock monkey wine cozy.

Fred and Friends Wine Monkey Wine Caddy

Inspired by a truly timeless and beloved icon, this adorable wine caddy’s cheeky sock-monkey design places it right at home at any uproarious dinner party, picnic, backyard barbecue, or other casual soiree. The real wool caddy–made from an authentic all-American red-heeled sock–slips easily around any standard-size bottle of wine, champagne, sparkling juice, or other favorite beverage, protecting it from damage while lightly insulating its contents between loosely knitted layers.

Even better, its dimensional button eyes, gaping mouth, and classic brown “body” match the original sock monkey detail for detail, creating an instant conversation piece around the table or when gathered on the patio.

Little Monkey Holder

This little monkey will keep the wine handy while you pouring the good stuff and preparing for some good monkey business.

Monkey Wine Bottle Holder/Rack

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Spin the wheels of wine knowledge

You won’t find Vanna White behind these wheels of fortune. However, you will find some useful information on eating, drinking, and cooking.

This info wheel displays 14 red and white wine grape varietals. For each varietal there is abundant information about taste and flavor and significant growing areas worldwide. The reverse side shows suitable matches for various food styles with selection of wines from around the world.

World Wine Wheel and  Food Matching Guide

Here’s another circle of wine knowledge that is heavy on the cartoon design.

World Wine Wheel

The Wine Appreciation Guild takes this idea to the extreme with their three, count them three wheels of wine. It makes the ideal gift for any wine or food lover. Wine Wheels provide the advice and confidence needed to select the right wines for your meal.

Wine Wheel Set: Wine and Food Pairing Wheels #1, 2 and 3 (Wine Wheels)

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Release your inner wino with this gigantic wine glass

Nothing’s worse than getting up off the couch in the middle of “American Idle” to refill your glass of Merlot. If only you could enjoy the full episode without such interruptions.

Giant Wine Glass

This glass is big enough to hold an entire bottle of wine. You’ll finally have a chance to watch your favorite television shows. Of course, after one glass you may not be able to get off the couch at all…until the next morning.

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Kitchen tweezers for those tweezer cooking

Did you know they make cooking tweezers? These are not the type you keep in the bathroom for eyebrows and the occasional splinter. These are deluxe tweezers for deboning fish and other dishes that require attention to details.

Tom Douglas by Pinzon All-Purpose 18/10 Stainless-Steel Kitchen Tweezers

These tweezers were designed by Tom Douglas, a chef, restauranteur, and writer. These 4-inch all-purpose kitchen tweezers, constructed of durable stainless steel, are ideal for removing bones from raw fish and for extracting stems and seeds from fruits and vegetables. Their textured, easy-to-grasp surface and tapered, flat tip are designed to grab pin bones with ease.

You may need these tweezers for this recipe by Tom Douglas on Epicurious.com:

Yield: Makes 1 serving


  • 2 cups bing cherries, halved
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, leaved and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 3-ounce fillet salmon


Sauté cherries and tarragon in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.

Place salmon in oven for 3 minutes at 450°. Spoon sauce over salmon and serve warm.

Tom Douglas’ Bing Cherry Salmon

If you like this tweezer, you may want to see the rest of the Tom Douglas by Pinzon Kai knife and tools collection

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Menu’s thermometer for your wine bottles

Serving wine at the correct temperature can make a big impact on taste and enjoyment. This thermometer by Menu makes it easy to know when your wine is ready to enjoy.

Menu Bottle Thermometer

DiWineTaste has a detailed investigation into the impact of temperature on wine tasting.

Temperature greatly influence the perception of flavors as well. Just like smells, the perception of flavors can be defined by means of simple rules that will help us understanding and choose the right serving temperature.

  • High temperatures increase the perception of sweet flavors and diminish the perception of bitter and salty flavors
  • Low temperatures increase the perception of bitter and salty flavors and diminish the perception of sweet flavors
  • Perception of acid flavors does not change with temperature; however an acid flavor is more enjoyable at low temperatures
  • Low temperatures increase the sensation of astringency caused by tannins in red wines
  • Low temperatures diminish the aggressivity and the perception of alcohol whereas high temperatures increase this sensation

Serving Temperature -DiWineTaste

Here’s a video that describes wine temperatures by winetasterstv.com Giammario Villa:


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Alessi corkscrew

Once upon a time, Alessandro Mendini designed a little corkscrew in the shape of a lovely maiden. Anna G was her name and she brought Mendini much joy and fame.
Alessi Alessandro M Corkscrew - Siena

But Anna and Mendeni became a bit lonely. So along came Sandro M. Sandro is a happy, dapper little man with a corkscrew where it matters. This version is limited edition and hand painted.

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