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Holiday Cure-All: The Hot Toddy

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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.

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!

Health Q&A: How Wine Can Prevent Diabetes


If you’re looking for a good excuse to open a bottle of red wine, look no further than its ability to reduce the risk the diabetes. True Fabrication has found that moderate consumption of wine can actually help reduce the risk by up to 40%, according to some studies. While we’re not suggesting you go on a bender in the name of leveling out your blood sugar, studies show that a glass of wine can help balance blood sugar levels that spike after a meal. At the same time, while a glass of wine a day can benefit the body, wine in excess can lead to weight gain and conditions like diabetes when consumed in excess. Moderation is the key to extracting benefits from your wine.

But just how does wine help your body? An article from naturalnews.com tells how grape skins and red grape juice are high in polyphenols. According to the article “These antioxidants have been shown to help the body regulate blood sugar, and may thereby help prevent or control diabetes.” When you eat, there is a spike in your blood sugar. The polyphenols help the body return this spike back to almost even levels. Having a glass of wine after a meal has proven to be equally effective as the diabetes drug avandia.

While there are many great reasons to enjoy a glass of wine with good friends, here’s another reason you can all drink to your health. Cheers!

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To Aerate or Not: How Oxygen Can be Detrimental to Wine

Oxygen and wine have a tumultuous relationship. For some wines, the right amount of oxygen can make their best characteristics shine through. However, for other more delicate wines, oxygen can be the quickest way to turn your wine into vinegar. Knowing how and when to mix oxygen and wine can increase your enjoyment of wine overall.

Traditional Decanter by True Fabrications

Wines that require exposure to oxygen are often termed “big reds” that need time to mix with oxygen in order to reach their full potential. By exposing wine to oxygen, you allow the flavors and aromas to open up and expand. Traditionally, this would have been done in a decanter with a broad base. The more surface area exposed to oxygen the better. However, decanters can require multiple hours to work their magic. This can be great for the first bottle you serve your guests. However, without foresight and multiple decanters, it probably won’t work for your second, third, or fourth bottle and so on.

Vinturi White Wine Aerator by True Fabrications

To decrease the time that wine takes to open up, True Fabrications offers a line of very successful aerators. These aerators are designed to rapidly infuse your wine with oxygen. Aerators can do the work of the decanter as the wine is poured. The speed and ease of aeration using our aerator line has made them one of our most successful lines over the past few years. However, some wine drinkers still maintain that decanting is still the best way to introduce your wine to oxygen. Whether you prefer decanting, or the ease of aerators, both parties can agree, that allowing your wine to mix with oxygen will ultimately improve your wine drinking experience.

Oxidization of wine is a unpreventable, natural process. By learning how to control the relationship between wine and oxygen, you can learn to improve and better enjoy each wine that you drink. Check out our line of decanters and aerators for all your wine needs.

How to Preserve Your Cooking Wine

Before we dive into this discussion, we must first make a distinction between American cooking wine, and wine used for cooking. Cooking wine in the U.S. often has salt added to the wine to help extend the shelf life. However, this same salt will also add extra salt to your meal. To cook with regular wine, people often choose a bottle that is past its prime. This wine can act as a sort of vinegar to cook with. If you’ve ever made it through half a bottle of wine and then returned a few days later to find your bottle of red smelling more like vinegar than cherry with tobacco notes, this would be the perfect time to use your wine for cooking.

Wine’s varying complexity in flavor profile and sugar levels work well with a variety of dishes and recipes. To preserve your vino for cooking, the next step is trying to figure out the perfect way to keep flies out, and safely store your wine to prevent spills until you’re ready to cook. Heat tends to be the number one enemy of open wine because it speeds up the oxidization process. Keeping the wine cool in the fridge will help slow this process and extend the life of your bottle. For longer storage, a wine stopper or pump is the best option.

Multi-Colored Silicone Corks by True Fabrications

True Fabrication’s 705 silicone stopper is the perfect product to help you out. This tapered stopper becomes gradually wider, allowing it to create an air-tight closure in any sized bottle. This stopper also allows you to lay the bottle down on its side for easy storage in the fridge. The 705 silicone stopper combined with refrigeration is a sure fire way to keep your wine until you’re ready to cook.