Cheers To A Happy New Year

Our Top “How-To” Ideas For 2018

Prepare for the upcoming year by getting healthier, getting smarter, and getting savvier about wine. Let’s start the year off with some interesting avenues for you to explore.


How To: Drink and Eat Healthier

White wines are typically lower in alcohol and calories than red wines. Lighter white wines have approximately 140 calories or less for each six-ounce glass; lighter reds range from 135 to 165 calories.
What to pair: Fresh fruits and veggies – which feature less calories and more nutritional value – pair perfectly with wine. These healthier choices are filled with fiber, simple to prepare, and vary according to the season. Other pairing options: dark chocolate (has less sugar and fat than milk chocolate) and hummus (it counts as both a protein and a vegetable.)


How To: Impress Your Friends With Knowledge

Parties. Meetings. First dates. These are definitely the times when you need some newsworthy nuggets as your go-to conversation starters. Here are our wine favorites:

  • The most expensive bottle of wine: a 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet valued at $500,000 was sold at a 2000 Napa Valley charity auction.
  • The world’s oldest person (122 years old) said her longevity was thanks to a diet that included olive oil, chocolate, and port wine.
  • Prince Charles uses wine to power his vintage Aston Martin.
  • The oldest preserved bottle of wine is nearly 1,700 years old and is located at a German museum.
  • The first corkscrew was invented in the mid-1800s.
  • There is a winery in every state in the U.S.

How To: Open A Wine Bottle…Without A Corkscrew

If you’re caught without a corkscrew, here are some ways to uncork your bottle using a bit of ingenuity.

Toolbox Method – Stick a screw into the cork, use the screwdriver to screw it in even more (leave an inch or so of the screw out of the cork), and then take the hammer’s claw (not the head) to pull the screw – and the cork – out of the bottle.

Wooden Spoon Method – Take a wooden spoon with a long, thin handle…and then shove the cork right into the bottle. With a little bit of elbow grease, the cork should pop free and slide into the bottle for a no-crumb experience.

Wall Method – Completely wrap a bottle in a towel, rhythmically bang the bottle’s base against a wall in a horizontal motion. Repeat until the cork begins to move out of the bottle, and then grab it. It’s the riskiest method, but desperate times call for desperate measures.


Visit Cedar Lake Cellars to learn more about healthy wine pairings, interesting wine facts, and nontraditional bottle openers.

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