Category Archives: Home & Kitchen

Product: What’s in Our Pantry?

Local, local, local.

With customers across the United States, we carry products from producers nationwide, to ensure that everyone can not only sample all sorts of new and different items, but also find their own favorite local brands wherever they’re ordering from. For our own part, we love stocking our pantry shelves and bar carts with cocktail add-ins and mixers from the Pacific Northwest. Check out a few of our favorites – the ones we recommend time and time again no matter where you’re from.

Lavender

Scrappy’s Bitters: Based right here in our hometown of Seattle, Scrappy’s is a truly handcrafted brand. It was founded by Seattle bartender Miles Thomas, who was simply convinced that bitters could be better. Using nothing but organic ingredients, eschewing oils, extracts and anything artificial, and zesting every shred of fresh citrus by hand, Scrappy’s inspects each and every batch meticulously before it receives its number. From grapefruit to lavender to cardamom to classic aromatic, every flavor packs a punch that takes cocktails to the next level.

 

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Tillen Farms: Tillen Farms was founded in Washington’s fertile Yakima Valley as Hogue Farms, in connection with award-winning wine producers Hogue Cellars. When the wine label was sold to a much larger international distributor, longtime employees Tim and Helen Metzger kept the Farms operation local, changing its name to Tillen (a combination of the names of Tim, daughter Jill, and Helen) while maintaining its original recipes and focus on quality products. All of Tillen’s products are delicious, but the Crispy AsparagusHot and Spicy Beans, and juicy Bada Bing cherries are always local favorites.

 

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Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings: Hands down some of the best bloody mary mixes we’ve tasted (and we’ve tasted a lot), Demitri’s line of 100% naturally flavored mixes offers something for everyone, including those who like their mary super-spicy (Chipotle & Habañero) and those who prefer an additional peppery flavor kick (Chilis & Peppers). You can also order rimming salts (Original or Bacon flavored – pretty hard to choose). Demitri himself got his start as a bartender in Seattle in the 80s and still calls Seattle home – we were thrilled when he stopped by to say hello during our HOST FREEZE launch party in September!

 

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Everyday Gourmet: Everyday Gourmet operates out of Gervais, Oregon as a division of Bell Foods, which began its life in 1962 as one of the Willamette Valley’s largest cherry farms. Today the team is still going strong, constantly picking, pickling and packaging the best produce that the bountiful river valley has to offer. We especially love their all-natural Burgundy Maraschino Cherries (try them in a Manhattan), Spiced Green Beans and Spiced Pickled Asparagus.

Check out our complete line of mixers, food items and chocolates here!

 

Holiday Cure-All: The Hot Toddy

Toddy Long

Ahhh, the holidaze. It was a long flight back home, and the two rows separating you from the sneezing, coughing family does not seem like it was enough to protect you from the imminent cold coming on. Perhaps a day of sledding with your brothers, sisters, nieces and nephew didn’t help the cause. Regardless, it’s Christmas Eve and you’d like a little something to help ward off any ill effects of your holidays at home.

Enter the Hot Toddy. Warmth from both base and spirit will soon get you right. Our favorite recipe is terribly easy; Hot water, high quality honey (the darker the better, we love local Seattle Ballard Bee Company), lemon, either a dash of cinnamon or a small amount of clove, and Bourbon that you would drink neat. We’ve also used Brandy or Cognac (so smooth), Rum (a little sweet for our taste), even Grappa or Eau de Vie (whoa, nelly).  All measurements are essentially to taste, though one mustn’t go too far on the Spirit so as to offset the medicinal effect of the drink. As simple as a Toddy can be, you want to do it right; use only the best ingredients you can as a cheaper substitute will impart poor flavor and quickly flaw your midwinter warm up.

Find your balance of flavor, experiment with your favorite spirit of choice, and share your favorite recipe with us! You never know when another cold might be coming on.

Hot Toddies shown in True Farmhouse Stein with Rustic Holiday Slate Coasters.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Bartender

2013 Gift Guide for the Bartender

  1. 1. Recipe Shaker
  2. 2. Scrappy’s Bitters
  3. 3. Marquis Liquor Decanter
  4. 4. Striped Straws
  5. 5. Colossal Ice Cube Tray
  6. 6. Stainless Steel Muddler
  7. 7. Vista Double Jigger
  8. 8. Capatoo Bottle Opener
  9. 9. Festive Flasks
  10. 10. Glacier Rocks

Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

  1. 1. Metallic Holiday Stoppers;
  2. 2. Whirl Aerating Wine Glasses;
  3. 3. Classic Decanter;
  4. 4. Twist Adjustable Aerator;
  5. 5. Wine Stem Springs;
  6. 6. Festive Waiter’s Corkscrews;
  7. 7. Kingsley Penguin Corkscrew;
  8. 8. Digital Wine Thermometer;
  9. 9. Bottle Gift Box;
  10. 10. ZinZig Wine Tasting Trivia Game;
  11. 11. Eiffel Tower Cork Holder

Everything You Need for a Special Valentine’s Day

At True Fabrications, we strive to make your shopping experience easy, efficient and meaningful. This includes helping you stock your store with the perfect gifts, tools and accessories for holidays and special occasions. According to an article discussing the US Economy, in 2011, Valentine’s Day shoppers spent almost $15.7 billion on their loved ones and significant others.  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so stock up on some of our best-selling, red-themed products in preparation of cupid’s holiday.

True Fabrications Red Hearts Glitter Bag

The first must-have items are our selection of love-themed wine bags. Our red hearts glitter bag is sure to make an impression for anyone gifting a bottle of wine or champagne. For those with more of a classic taste, our heart paisley or juicy grapes bag is a sheer and simple way to merchandise any bottle. Our newest additions to our bag line are likely to make any fashionista swoon. Our line of designer purse wine bags have been fantastic sellers. They come in either a classic or bright set, and both have proven to be strong sellers.

As there is likely to be many of bottles of champagnes popped on the 14th, our best-selling champagne stopper  is a must-have.  If romance is in the air, our appropriately pink Dragonfly Corkscrew will serve as a cheerful and easy-to-use accessory for opening that Bordeaux bought specifically for the occasion.

True Fabrications Champagne Stopper

Finally, don’t forget to stock up on sweets. Our best-selling Brix Bites are the perfect chocolate for any wine lover. The milk chocolate pairs best with lighter reds and dessert wines while the extra dark pairs with the deepest reds. These items will make the shopping experience for your customers easy this Valentine’s Day. So, don’t miss out on sales possibilities from this lucrative, albeit, cheesy holiday.

How to Pair Wine & Chocolate

True Fabrications believes that wine and food go together hand in hand. The right wine with a meal can make the dining experience that much better. But what about wine and chocolate? Commonly paired together, wine and chocolate are thought by many to be a perfect combination. However, this is not always true. The wrong wine with the wrong chocolate can make for a very unpleasant experience.
To keep this from happening, consider the following when pairing these two foods. First, be selective with the chocolate you are choosing to go with your wine. While sweet milk chocolate is great by itself, the high sugar content has a habit of masking the sugars in certain wines and making them taste lifeless or even worse, astringent and harsh. According to CNN.com , the selected chocolate should never be sweeter than the wine it is being paired with. To keep this from happening, select a chocolate with a very high cacao percentage. This will help prevent your chocolate from being too sugary. Try our Brix Medium Dark, and Brix Extra Dark, with 60% and 70% cacao respectively. If you’re looking for an easy add on for wine sold in your store, the In Vino Veritas Bottle Neckers feature chocolate in the 64% and 71% cacao range and fit conveniently around the neck of a bottle.

In Vino Veritas Chocolate Neckers by True Fabrications

To choose the right wine, ask a professional who can provide a selection that has good balance. A wine that has a balance of sugar, acid and fruit will be perfect for chocolate. Wines like grenache, merlot and port all go well with chocolate. But, just because one wine goes well with a certain chocolate, does not mean it will pair well with another. Each wine and chocolate will pair differently. Wine and chocolate can be a very enjoyable experience. However, we would encourage you to pair wisely to get the most out of both your wine and the chocolate.

Rack it Up! Sweet Storage Solutions for Your Wine

Whether you’re just entering the world of wine, or you’ve been purchasing bottles for decades, every wine drinker needs at least one good wine rack. True Fabrications has racks ranging in different sizes, shapes and styles. We believe we can help you find a rack that fits both your budget and the size/theme you’re trying to achieve.

Wine racks are an excellent purchase for more than one reason. First, using racks to store wine allows for safe and organized store. Instead of having a bottle sit on the counter or in the pantry, put it in a rack. Second, racks are a great way to display your wine, especially if you plan on using them for an event. Finally, with the variety of racks in our line-up, you’re sure to find a piece that accents your living space as art/home decor.

For the skier, check out the three bottle ski rack. For those who are into the outdoors, see our bear cub rack and our antler wine rack. For something a little more straightforward, the new, wine shrine has been an excellent selling six-bottle rack this year. For something a little more unique, see our Monterey Arbor racks. Finally, for a larger space, see our 32-bottle, wine barrel rack made from a used wine barrel. This elegant piece is perfect for the serious wine lover.

32 Bottle Wine Rack | True Fabrications

Whether it’s one bottle or 32, we have racks for every person and every occasion. Gives us a call and have your sales rep find the right rack for you.

Perfect Wine Pairings for Your Holiday Feast: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is celebrated all across the U.S. in a number of ways. From dining with loved ones to watching parades and football, Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. Although the Thanksgiving meal is often marked by turkey and side dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation, True Fabrications would like to remind you to not forget about the wine this Thanksgiving.

 According to Better Homes and Gardens, more wine is consumed with the Thanksgiving meal than any other meal of the year. We would like to suggest a few wines that we think would pair well with this weekend’s meal. Because turkey is a lighter meat, a lighter wine with high acid is perfect for your table. A heavy read like cabernet or Syrah would overpower a meal like this and leave your mouth not being able to appreciate everything on your plate. Instead, if you are a die-hard red drinker, try a Pinot Noir. We recommend visiting your local wine shop and asking for a nice bottle from the Willamette Valley.

Two other wines that are great with Thanksgiving meals are Rieslings and Gewurztraminers. We recommend tracking down a bottle from Germany to enjoy this Thanksgiving. Our final recommendation would be a rose. A happy medium between red and white, Rose as well as the other wines listed are acidic enough to cleanse your pallet without overpowering your meal. From all of us at True Fabrications, have a great Thanksgiving!

Wine Bags and Wine Tubes: How Basic Winery Accessories Add Value to Your Retail Store

Every year, True Fabrications continues to add more products to its line-up of the finest consumer and wholesale winery accessories on the market. As our offerings continue to grow, we would like to remind people that we originally started out as a wine bag company. With each new season, our catalog of products has become larger and more diverse, ultimately providing more products for our customers. However, our best selling and foundational products are still our wine bags and wine tubes.

Purple Angled Wine Bag | True Fabrications

Commonly, we get customers that ask us what exactly IS a wine tube? Round instead of square, the classic wine tube goes beyond the ordinary wine gift box with its sleek and stylish design. They are a great way to gift wine because they are both reusable and decorative. Similarly, wine bags come in every color, pattern and material to match your occasion. From chic to cheeky, you can be sure to carry your vino in style with the perfect wine bag in tow.

For stores that are considering investing in wine accessories, we offer a very extensive line up. However, if you are feeling a little apprehensive about investing your money in new products, consider wine bags and wine tubes.  Because they are inexpensive and easy to up-sell as a gift (especially around the holidays), wine bags and wine tubes are a great way to bring in extra revenue for your store. While most bottles of wine will only yield a 30% mark up, (spend $7, sell for $10, make $3), wine bags, wine tubes and other accessories can easily be sold at a 100% mark up, spend a dollar, sell for two, make one.

Assorted Holiday Wine Tubes | True Fabrications

We recommend a 100% mark up on all of our products regardless of price. By doing this, our more expensive products are just as rewarding to sell as our inexpensive ones. However, for those who are just starting a new store, or those who have been in business for years but are apprehensive to bring in accessories, consider wine bags and wine tubes as a low risk investment to test the waters and see the rewards investing in wine accessories can provide for your store. With the holidays just around the corner, this is the best time of year to add accessories to your store.

New Natural Packaging in the Wine Industry

Dear Retailers,

You must know the increasing popularity and organics.  Wherever you look these days, almost every kind of food can be found in an organic option.  Part of a larger going green trend, organic has even gone outside of food and moved into clothing, cosmetics and product packaging, just to name a few. While organic may be the natural option, anyone who has been to the organic section of a store knows organic products come with a heavy price tag.

However, the one industry organic prices have not followed this trend is the wine industry. Believe it or not, certain studies have shown that wines labeled organic actually sell for less. At the same time, organic certified bottles that are not labeled as organic actually sell for more than their standard non-organic production equivalents. Why is this happening you ask? Check out this article for the full story, its quite interesting.


Do you offer green, organic or sustainable products in your store? Sustainable products are the latest trend to really take over the market. From home appliances that use less water and electricity, to reusable shopping bags, companies everywhere are seeing new markets open up in the rapidly growing field of sustainable and natural products. While they’re sometimes more expensive, green products are good for our ever growing planet and make customers feel good when they make purchases. Empowering people to make a difference through a sustainable product line is a great way to create a loyal customer base. People like to feel they can make a difference, and something as small as natural packaging can give them the opportunity.

Because of this, True Fabrications decided to take some of our best selling products, and a few new items, and package them in our own natural packaging.  Our new natural packaging is made from 100% recycled kraft paper, printed with soy ink, and securely fastened with Raffia ties. This packaging is environmentally friendly and a great way to offer the same True Fabrications products but with a  green option for your customers.