The Basics of Wine Aeration

The Basics of Wine Aeration

Wine is all around us, from visiting wineries to enjoying a glass with a friend, it is a popular drink. Even with its popularity, wine still has some mysterious elements to it. One of the lesser known intricacies of wine is proper aeration. To help de-mystify the process we are here to explain the basics of wine aeration; such as when to aerate your wines, which wines can benefit from aeration, and helpful tools to allow you to fully enjoy that special bottle you have been saving.   First, let’s start with the basics: what does wine aeration do and what is the purpose? Wine aeration is the process of exposing wine to air which causes two things to happen: oxidation and evaporation. Oxidation is beneficial to wine because it helps mellow out strong, overpowering flavors. In combination with oxidation, evaporation removes ethanol from the wine which can overwhelm more delicate flavors and aromas.   Next, we’ll talk about how to aerate your wine and different ways this process is done.   Opening the Bottle Aeration occurs when the wine is exposed to air, but simply opening the bottle isn’t enough. However, this limited type of aeration doesn’t have a noticeable effect, so usually the wine is further aerated in two ways: decanting the wine, or pouring the wine through an aerator.   Decanting Decanting is the process of pouring the wine into a wine decanter and letting it sit. A decanter usually has a wide base which allows a greater exposure to air helping the wine oxidize and “breathe”. This process takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 3...
Memorable Wedding Gifts for the Newlyweds

Memorable Wedding Gifts for the Newlyweds

Everyone loves the fun and excitement of a wedding – but picking the perfect gift for the newlyweds can be a challenge! Gift registries are very popular, but can take away the personal touch from the gifting experience. Many couples are so busy planning their special day that the gift registry can be the last thing on their list and may not contain an adequate selection of thoughtful gifts. If your goal is to give a meaningful gift that will be cherished for years to come we have a carefully curated collection of memorable wedding gifts that the newlyweds are sure to love! Help the newlyweds relax after the stresses of planning a wedding with our Bath and Body Invigoration gift basket. They can wash away the stress with a variety of natural soaps, cleansers, lotions, and more from Burt’s Bees.  Also, with the option to personalize the ribbon, you can send them a personal and meaningful gift that they are sure to love and appreciate. A great gift idea for the foodie couple is our Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheese. This gift will leave a lasting impression as they continue to use the slate and are warmly reminded of their wedding with every use. With a carefully curated selection of artisan cheeses paired with Bellentani Tuscan herb salami and stone ground mustard, it’ll be perfect for their first date as a newlywed couple. Help the newlyweds celebrate with this Champagne and Flutes Set! With a variety of high end champagnes to choose from, this gift is the is the perfect way to say “Congratulations!” while giving them something they’ll...
History of Housewarming Gifts

History of Housewarming Gifts

If you have ever moved, you know how stressful and tiring it can be. Getting everything unpacked and put together just right is a tedious job! But when everything does come together, a popular tradition is to have family, friends, and new neighbors over for a housewarming party to show off the new home. If you’ve ever been to a housewarming or apartment warming party, you know it’s customary to bring a gift for the home owner to help them settle in. But how did all this begin, and what is an appropriate gift to bring? GiftTree is here to explain the history of housewarming gifts and how it originated into what it has become today. We’ll also share insight to make sure that when you attend a housewarming party you come bearing a gift that leaves the home owner feeling appreciated and comfortable in their new home. Housewarming parties are thought to have originated in France. The gathering was a thank you dinner for those who helped build the house. People who attended would bring firewood to warm the house and create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, which is how the name “Housewarming” came to be. Bringing firewood transformed over the years into giving gifts that would help warm and bless the house. Some of the more traditional gifts given throughout history included: bluebirds, pineapple, and gift baskets. Bluebirds were thought to bless the house with happiness and good luck and similarly, pineapples where a symbol of openness and hospitality. Gift baskets had a variety of meanings depending on what was inside them. A popular combination was bread,...
Master Cheese and Meat Pairing

Master Cheese and Meat Pairing

Summer is in full swing which means it’s time for memorable get-togethers and gatherings! Spending time with loved ones and friends enjoying appetizers and cold drinks is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. One of the biggest challenges of entertaining is finding the perfect appetizer to please everyone. Pairing a perfectly mastered cheese and meat platter is a great way to have a fun, crowd-pleaser that is sure to be a hit! When putting together your meat and cheese platter, picking out the right combination of meats and determining that perfect cheese pairing can seem overwhelming. There are so many options! Luckily, Gift Tree has done the hard part and we’re here to help you put together the perfect cheese and meat platter that will leave everyone coming back for more. When determining that special cheese to compliment the cured meat on your platter, it is important to keep in mind that opposites are what lead to the perfect combination. For firmer, thicker cut meat use a softer cheese and for that paper-thin slice of meat make sure you are picking out a firmer, denser cheese. Below we’ve listed a few pairings that are sure to be crowd pleasers: Goat and Sheep Cheese and Encased Meats Encased meats are cured in a casting and are usually aged in a more humid environment, in turn creating a softer, flavorful cured meat. The most common of these are sausage and salami. These meats offer a bold and spicy taste with a strong presence of black and red pepper, truffle, and other spices. These meats are best paired with a...
Personalized Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Treasure Forever

Personalized Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Treasure Forever

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and June 18th will be here before you know it – do you have the perfect gift picked out yet? If the answer is no, don’t worry! Our collection of Personalized Father’s Day Gifts is carefully curated so that you are sure to find a gift he’ll treasure forever! For the golfer in your life our top grain Leather Bound Golf Log is the perfect choice! Not only is it a way to indulge his hobby, but our complimentary embossing adds a personal touch. Small enough to fit in a golf bag, yet big enough to clearly record and keep track of scores, it’s no wonder this gift is a customer favorite and top-rated gift. For the cool dad who enjoys an adult beverage a Personalized Tequila Shooter Set is an intriguing gift that is sure to make an impression! Ensure that his tequila is icy cold, yet never watered down with these soapstone shooters. To use, simply place the soapstone glasses in the freezer until thoroughly chilled. Then remove from the freezer and serve with your favorite tequila. The removable cutting board (perfect for limes) can be engraved with up to two initials of your choice. For a practical gift that he is sure to use treasure everyday look no further than our Personalized Leather Money Clip! The expert craftsmanship of this top-grain cowhide wallet features an interior metal pin mechanism to ensure cash stays secure, and can hold up to six credit cards. Stylish yet a little bit rugged, this is a sophisticated gift he is sure to treasure! For the man...
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