Product Reviews

The Top 100 Most Popular Wines of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, what better way than to review the wines that customers ordered most of in 2015.  This is the ninth year that one of the US's largest online wine retailers has published their top 100 list and it is based on sales of wines from the first eleven months of the year.

There are plenty of great wines on the list this year, although some are already sold out.  You can check out the full list here: 100 – check out the list here.

Three of my favorites on the list are below:

Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Currently on offer at $11.99, this is a bargain basement thick red, packing a punch at 14.5% alcohol.

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Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 2001

An absolute gem of a wine - classic Spanish and fifteen years old!  Time to drink it up! has it for under $30, which is below the national average price of $34 so snap it up whilst stocks last.

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La Marca Prosecco NV

Get your sparkle on with this cheap and cheerful Prosecco.  Highly available in most major supermarkets around the country and available online at for $13.99.  What's not to like right?

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Cheap Wine Fridges

No kitchen can be considered complete without a wine fridge and fortunately nowadays there are plenty of great options that won't take up too much space and won't make too much of a dent in your bank account.  One wine fridge that is great value for money and looks good too is the NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler.

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It takes up to 28 bottles of wine (although you need to stack them carefully), and with the chrome surround and digital display, it really looks like a top end choice.  Amazon has been selling it for some time and usually has it discounted.  At time of writing it was a deal at $255.  There are plenty of four and five star Amazon reviews for this wine fridge.

Another good wine fridge option, and currently a bestseller on Amazon, is the Haier 12-Bottle Dual Zone Curved Door with Smoked Glass Wine Cellar.  At under $130 for the 12 bottle size, you'll be drinking your way merrily through the weekend.  It also comes in smaller 8 bottle sizes and larger 16 bottle sizes.

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Customers love it because it is ultra quiet, has a cool, smoky look to the door and still includes the digital displays that everyone loves on wine fridges. Check it out now on Amazon.

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Three Great Looking Corkscrews to Impress your Guests

Summertime, and the living is easy.  Relaxed evenings with friends, drink in hand.  Life is good!  You're hosting a drinks party and you're planning some nice wines to serve your guests.  Now where is that old corkscrew? Oh yeah, stuck in the back of the cutlery drawer.  Ugh and it's gone rusty.  Not good!

Here are some corkscrews that do the business of uncorking your bottle of wine in style.  All are available on Amazon with free Prime two day shipping.

Go electric with the Oster

Oster Electric

The Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener is one of Amazon's best selling bottle openers and you'll impress your guests with it's sleek design. It looks great in silver, just remember to make sure it's charged up ahead of time!  With over 3,200 positive reviews on Amazon and priced at around $20, what's not to like.  See it here on Amazon.

Go traditional with the Rosewood Waiters Three in One


A true classic, the Rosewood Waiters corkscrew is a corkscrew, foil cutter and bottle opener all in one!  It comes in a nice box and is a bargain at around $12 (this is currently on offer on Amazon), usual price is about $34.  It has a beautiful handle and sturdy fulcrum.  Great value for money.  See it here on Amazon.

Alessi Cool as Cats

Alessi corkscrew

How about this Alessi light blue corkscrew for style?  What a beauty!  It's not cheap, but it is a statement. Your guests will love it!  It's available in other colors and is a fun addition to any party.  See it here on Amazon.


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Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Wine Chiller Review

First off, for around $12 from Amazon or, this is an absolute steal.  It is a wine bottle sleeve that you keep in the fridge when you are not using it.  It chills down a bottle of wine in about 5-10 minutes and will keep the bottle chilled for up to 6 hours.

With kids in the house, I find using this is one less thing to worry about.  Unlike a conventional ice bucket that can be tipped over and ice flying everywhere, the Vacu wine chiller is really just an almost unbreakable sleeve, that your children will not be likely to destroy.  It is composed of six pockets of 'special' liquid that actually keeps the bottle chilled and the sleeve will fit any standard 750cl bottle of wine.

Well worth the investment if, like me, you sometime forget to stick a bottle of white in the fridge for a few hours before drinking.  I also use it to chill down red wine, especially Pinot Noir.  Delicious!

Vacu wine cooler