All posts tagged: wine

Summer season party gifts – Zazzol wine aerator

My social life has been very outdoorsy recently: barbecue get-togethers, Pimm’s garden parties, Sunday picnics in the park…London is fully enjoying an unprecedented amount of sunny days, so even the grumpiest of us all seem to be taking a little break from traditional weather whining and are embracing the atmosphere of one big celebration of summer! This brings me to my No.1 summer party gift which has been blamed for so many embarrassingly funny Facebook videos with my friends, that it has to be shared with you lot. Please welcome your new best drinking buddy – Zazzol wine aerator (this is an actual technical term, I nicknamed it “the bubbly hero”). What this mighty little thing does is simple yet genius – it adds oxygen to wine (wine experts would say “it lets the wine breathe”), so even supermarket bottles of Merlot or Pinot Grigio instantly taste like their pricey restaurant “siblings”. Let’s admit it, noone wastes money on wine for summer parties, it’s simply not the point. This thing makes any wine much more …

The biggest bottle of wine I’ve ever seen and our Enomatic machine adventure

Hedonism Wines emporium in Mayfair, London is considered something of an anomaly…it’s seriously big (two spacious floors…hence the ‘emporium’ title), it is owned by a rebellious Russian millionaire Yevgeny Chichvarkin, and it stocks bottles worth up to £130,000/ $200,000. Every visitor can touch all bottles without special permission – the store is allegedly insured against “clumsy” customers (I didn’t dare holding any expensive bottles myself…just in case!). I am not a big wine expert myself, so I will not bore you with pretentious reviews of wines we purchased, but instead I’ll tell you more about a pretty unique service they offer – Enomatic wine tasting. Why unique, you asking? Unlike the rest of the popular wine places in London (think Vinopolis and the likes), Hedonism allows customers to taste exclusive, hard-to-find wines which we, normal mortals, would never be able to purchase (we are talking £1,000/$1,500 here). Wines are grouped by five categories: premium reds, premium whites, seasonal, team selection and new discoveries. Customers can either choose to browse on their own or ask Hedonism …