Gourmet Foods 101
Did you know?
"A glass of wine a day is proven to decrease the risk of coronary disease and mortality rates in individuals over 40"

Dos and Don'ts

We can offer you tips on drink purchases and preparations, but the following are some firmer rules, regulations and recommendations for buying and serving wines, champagnes and aperitifs.

  • order only from a continental U.S. importer or vendor, if you live in the continental U.S.
  • order only from an Alaskan vendor, if you live in Alaska; Hawaiian if you live in Hawaii.
  • check the latest interstate alcohol delivery laws before purchasing on the internet.
  • compare descriptions and prices, to get exactly what you want.
  • make sure to order enough! There are 4 to 5 glasses in a 26 oz. (750 ml.) bottle.
  • understand differences between dry and sweet wines before purchasing.
  • purchase non-alcoholic alternatives such as soda and bottled water, for abstinent guests.
  • mix cocktails in advance and keeping them chilled.
  • invest in a good metal corkscrew with leverage arms.
  • keep at least one red and one white wine on hand!
  • drink a small glass of wine or champagne every day. Your heart will love you for it!
  • send gift wine to a state that blocks alcohol sent by mail.
  • send gift alcohol to an address where a 21 year old might not be present.
  • send dry wine to a novice wine drinker or sweet wine to a connoisseur.
  • order from non-US based importers and vendors. It may take too long to arrive.
  • order wine, champagne or aperitifs from a company who does not offer a guarantee.
  • buy a whole case of wine or champagne with which you are unfamiliar.
  • assume that more expensive is better.
  • shake the bottle before popping the cork!
  • spill on your guests!
  • drink to excess.