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Did you know it takes 4 tons of grapes to produce 10.8 barrels of wine? And that one barrel of wine contains 1,180 glasses of wine?
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Ok ladies and gents, we've always had quite the eclectic collection of wine carriers and wine bags, but you ain't seen NOTHIN' YET!
Check out these awesomely fun wine bottle carriers!
Santa's Pants! A sturdy cloth bag (measures 11"H X 8 1/2"W) that holds two bottles of your favorite wine! Of course you can always stuff them full of other goodies as well! What a perfect Holiday gift bag!
Also available in Elf Pants! Made of the same sturdy cloth, but with little jingle bells on the toes!
$12 for the Elf Pants
(They're selling fast, so call us to reserve some pants today @ 412-391-1709)
Every year we design new gift baskets.
After we have had time to decompress from our trip to the New York International Gift Fair, the process begins. The NYIGF is sensory overload to the max. The Javits Convention Center becomes home to over 2,800 companies enthusiastically pushing their “latest” offerings to 35,000 attendees, who are all trying to find those few new items that their customers will deem “must have.” It’s crazy fun… and totally exhausting.
From our new arrivals we then begin selecting items to pair with our wines to make exciting and fresh baskets; it’s an entertaining and challenging process because it allows us to get super creative and to try designing the next “best seller.”
Somewhere in the process we are reminded that our clients throughout the year generally stick with the classics. Nothing says congratulations like Champagne and Chocolate (or its BFF Chocolate and Red.) If they want to salute a group, the snack-packed Urban Picnic is the basket of choice (or its younger sibling Urban Lunch Break for a smaller group.) And when they are feeling their Pittsburgh Pride (which is often) they choose our Pittsburgh Gray Box or one of its many Pittsburgh themed cousins. (You can check them all in our gift gallery.)
So as we design the new baskets, we will post them here. Let us know if we succeed in creating a new classic.
Jana Wines are named to convey the romance and passion Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Winery feels for his wife, Jana, and also for the creation of the wines that they love to share. The wines are from the best of Napa Valley varietals.
The Jana Rose is 90% Grenache and 10% Riesling.
Small yields of flavorful grapes were harvested early to produce a light and delicate, low alcohol European style dry Rose of Grenache.
Making this wine gives Jana a chance to produce a true European type Rose in a light (low alcohol), crisp and dry style, similar to the wines she produced while working as an apprentice and going to wine-making school in Europe.
This is a well balanced delicately structured wine with a light delicate pink color. Roses, white peach, strawberry sorbet, pink grapefruit, cran-berry with just a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish.
The grapes are from the Stanislaus County DePalma Vineyard (90%) and the Mendocino County Nelson Vineyard (10%).
$13.99 per bottle. Click the name above to get it, or HERE for our full wine list.
Casafina Madeira Harvest
Casafina is a collection of dinnerware with coordinating serving pieces and ovenware made from the finest Portuguese resources. Fired at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, this dense stoneware is some of the best on the market. Heavyweight, it has fewer internal air bubbles making it extremely chip resistant. For elegant or casual dining, Casafina stoneware adds style and color to any table. Madeira Harvest is available in Dijon Gold, Robin’s Egg Blue, Sage Green, Smoked Salmon, Vanilla Crème and White. Each piece is dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.
From our friends at Roost come these one of a kind handcrafted goodies for the home!
Artisans hand-carve the discarded root balls of Chinese fir trees into these magnificent earthy bowls. They function equally well as centerpieces, fruit bowls or as natural sculptures. Color variations, knots, small cracks and crevices are part of their rustic charm.
Shapes and dimensions will vary from piece to piece as each sculpture is as unique as its tree of origin.
A food safe finish has been applied to each bowl.
Since the designs vary, so do the prices - drop by to check them out!
Our always changing and fun retail store is open from 9 to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
These fun and informative games just arrived in our retail store. They’re perfect for game night. If you and your friends don’t already have a game night, now is the time to start.
For all you food lovers, it's time for Foodie Fight! This addictive trivia game allows players to strut their culinary stuff and prove who’s the smartest foodie of them all. With over 1,000 questions on topics ranging from culinary science and celebrity chefs to food history and exotic cuisine, each player is bound to get a full serving of food knowledge. But think fast, because the first player or team to fill in their game board wins! Includes: Deck of trivia cards, six game boards, and colored die.
Wine Wars is the follow-up to the bestselling Foodie Fight Triva Game. Perfect for anyone who has ever picked up a glass of wine, this fascinating trivia game will challenge your knowledge of the fruit-of-the-vine. Play singly or in teams and let the battle begin as you answer questions in categories such as Vine to Vino (growing grapes, making wine, and world production), Wine Cellar (selecting, storing, and tasting wine), and Cork Culture (wine people, business, arts and science, and trivia). Each time you play you'll learn even more about wine. Sample question: What is the world's most renowned grape for making red wine? (Cabernet Sauvignon) Whether you are new to the world of wine or a devoted oenophile, Wine Wars will have you swirling, sniffing, and sipping your way to vinicultural victory. Includes: 150 Trivia cards with 750 questions, 6 game boards, and colored die.
Stop at our retail store Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and let the games begin.
It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating the 19th Anniversary of our Retail Store. (That means I was only 16 when we opened the doors. Not really, but a girl can dream.) Mike and I thought it would be fun to mark the occasional with a big THANK YOU to all of you who made this possible.
From Wednesday, October 19th through Saturday October 29th, we’re slashing our prices by 19%. That’s on everything in our store, with the exception of wine sales (PA law prohibits that) and Riedel stemware (since our prices are already reduced to the max.) We’re including gift basket purchases if you pre-pay during the Anniversary celebration; what a great way to save on all your year-end gifts.
As an added “thank you”, on Sunday, October 23rd, we’re opening the store from 10am to 2pm and hosting a Champagne Reception. It’s time to get your Mimosa on, share a few laughs and save on that retail temptation you’ve been secretly coveting. Mark your calendars now to save the date.
We hope to see you all during our 19th Anniversary Sale and Celebration.
If you have a question give us a call at 412-391-1709, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retail Store Hours: 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday
2013 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 in the historic Strip District
A “Rock Star” came to town!! For the first time ever I went gaga over another human who I don’t even know. For 18 years we have been selling Riedel Glassware, over and over again I’ve heard stories about George Riedel. The man himself came to conduct and I mean conduct a Riedel Glass tasting at the Duquesne Club. Honestly I turned into a 13 year old who was meeting Justin Beiber !!! Well lets just say an adult version of that vision. The room was filled with 120 people, I got a front row seat, and can I just say, I was the only person who asked “George” to sign their tasting notes. Tasting notes - I think I wrote down every word he spoke “Let the wine flow from glass #4” how elegant is that? AND then the moment of all moments…..(really I was out of control) standing in front of us in a black suit with a black scarf he moved his leg and exposed his shoes!! (Now remember Riedel glasses come in black boxes with red trim) There they were hand made black leather shoes with the smallest of red trim around the top. I almost stood up and screamed with delight. I couldn’t believe it Branding to the maximum!!! I was scribbling on the tasting sheets of the people on each side of me to “look at his shoes” We later found out by asking “where did you get those shoes?” that his “shoe maker in Vienna made them” Well of course he’s a Rock Star where else would one think he got them.
The lesson…..branding branding branding!! This brings me to what we are up to. A new look. The next email you get will have a new look. Soon there will be new signs on the front of the store and if you’ve been in the store you already know we look different in the store.
All those names we have!! It is so confusing to our customers, our accountants, our advisory board and even us when we answer the phone!!! So we are going to simply call ourselves Dreadnought Wines with the tag of LEARN, SHOP, DRINK. There are still some details to iron out with the bank, lawyers and accountants but we are very close. Everything we’ve done under all the names we’ve had we are still doing just remember Dreadnought if you are Learning, by taking a wine class, Shopping, when buying an accessory or gift basket, or Drinking, while attending a wine event. Soon, with branding like this, Mike will have black leather shoes trimmed in Red.
In honor of all this excitement we are offering the Riedel XL Pinot Noir and Riedel XL Cabernet Glasses at a special price. (Cabernet: Regular Price - $34.50; Our Sales Price $27.60) and (Pinot Noir: Regular Price $29.50 - Our Sale Price $23.60) These are the glasses that we used during this historic tasting. This was the first time the XL glasses had been used in a tasting and this was George Riedel’s first visit to Pittsburgh.
We are also offering our Glass carrying bag for a special price of $35.00 (50%off) because once you have your new Riedel Glasses you won’t want to leave home without them.
Happy sipping this week and see below for some Great Wines from Gary Eberle our other “Rock Star” He has announced his visit to Pittsburgh for early October.
Have a GRAPE week!
Deb - sipping from her new Riedel Glass in her mass produced black shoes with no trim at all.