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Mother's Day

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Ordering flowers for Mother's day again?  Why not try something different this year! I always choose to go with a pre ordered card and the same 9 am phone call saying how much I adore her being in my life.  After all these years you'd think she could recite back to me every word.  This year I decided, ok, this is the year to venture out and do something different.  I mean after all, routine is good in many aspects of life but this holiday shouldn't be one of them.
 
In the great words of Erich Fromm "Mother's love is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved", and I'd like to add that a mother's love needs to be appreciated.  This is when Barrel – Art comes in handy. We have a variety of gifts that would be perfect as presents themselves or as an accent to a special evening.
 
Our moms and wives do so much for us that it is a shame we only celebrate them once a year.  This year consider showing appreciation as often as you can!  Just how would you do that?  You can start by ordering some of our one of a kind garden art.  These specific pieces range from metal hoop hearts to sailboats. What is really unique is the way the decor is created!  Each ring is hand selected off of a recycled European wine barrel and welded/manipulated into different items. No hoop is the same and they all have a rustic, vintage feel.  Perfect for hanging in her garden so she thinks of you all year around, yup, even in the winter when the flowers aren't flourishing and there is no fruit from her labor.
 
Everyone knows, and thankfully, Mother's day is during spring.  April showers bring May flowers and May flowers appear better with garden art as an accessory.   While your mom or wives invite company over for outdoor events and home barbeques (we sell amazing barbeque chips by the way) your guest will not be able to steer clear of her new outside decor.  Not only is it an excellent accessory for their garden, these hoops will make excellent exterior home statement pieces.
 
There is a huge range of things to choose from and we are constantly taking custom orders to increase the diversity of our one of a kind products.
 
For those of you who would like to show gratitude for all that your wives and or moms do in the kitchen, we have something to satisfy those needs as well.  The days of placing dish by dish on the dinner table are long gone. Our serving trays have never disappointed and are great for serving foods to guest and family.
 
Along with the serving trays are our lazy susans which just so happen to be our second best seller!  These spinning trays are made from the top of a wine barrel and are placed on a swivel. They may also be stained to match your decor in dark walnut, red mahagony, or natural.  Our lazy susans are great for many different items and look great on dinner tables and countertops providing what is needed without the hassle.
 
Take a look at our shop.  There are many other items that you and your families will find useful.  At Barrel-Art we strive to fill everyone's needs and go beyond expectations.  Remember, Mother's day is May 14th  this year.  Show all the special moms in your life just how much you love and cherish what they do on a daily basis.  Make sure that getting a gift isn't all that you give.  A gift is only as good as the hands it was received from. Unless you are out of the country, well in that case a gift and a phone call is in store.
 



Wine Tasting For Two

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While Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, it really doesn’t have to be a holiday to have a glass of wine with your partner. In fact why stress about Valentine’s Day at an expensive restaurant, why not plan a simple and romantic evening at home that will be perfect for any date night?


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A fun evening idea is to re-create a wine tasting for two in the comfort of your own home. Go to a great wine store and ask for help picking out 3-5 good bottles of wine that would give you some variety for a tasting.

 

Ask what foods pair nicely with the different wines (preferably finger foods like cheese, chocolate or fruit) and show off your knowledge by staging a wine tasting for your lover at home.


We all know cheeses, fruit and chocolate pair well with most wines.  Here are a few light finger foods that are exactly the kind of thing that will make your wine night taste even better.

 

Smoky Three Cheese Fondue

Gouda, gruyere and swiss cheeses combine for a warm, gooey dip that you’re going to want to dunk bread, veggies and more into.

 

Baked Brie With Figs & Walnuts

Figs, brie and nuts are going to pair well with the flavorful grapes in your glass.

 

Buttered Parmesan Crostini

Butter, garlic and cheese combine for an irresistibly flavorful snack. You won’t be able to eat just one.

 

Roasted Fruit & Cheese Plate

Warm fruits and cheeses make for a sweet and savory light dish that will surely be a hit.

 

Popcorn With Sesame Glazed Pistachios

Salty and easy to pop in your mouth with only one hand (the other’s holding your glass, of course). It’s pretty much the perfect snack food.

 

Numerous Wines pair well with the food suggested here.




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For example Brie can be mild and slightly chalky or decadently gooey and quite strong in flavor, so pair it with fruity reds such as New Zealand or Chilean Pinot Noir. More mature Bries will need more powerful structured wines such as those from Central Otago or try a fruity (but not too tannic) Merlot or a ripe 'cru' Beaujolais from a good vintage like 2009. Also try a fruity dry rosé and a creamy, subtly oaked Chardonnay.


For the popcorn with sesame glazed pistachios we recommend finding a medium-bodied cab or a French Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio are also good pairings for butter popcorn. A sparkling wine also works well with flavored popcorn. Go with a true sparkling wine, not necessarily a Cava or a Prosecco.  

 

Dry wines go well with fresh fruit. Try whites and even reds with fruit such as peaches, apricots, melons and figs. Sweet wines, of course, go well with all of these but sometimes sweet wines seem too intense, particularly if you don’t have a very sweet tooth. The ideal wines to pair with fruit are young unoaked - or subtly oaked - and fruity themselves. I particularly like rosé with peaches and melon, slightly aromatic wines like Viognier with both peaches and apricots and fruity lightly chilled reds such as Cinsault with strawberries, peaches and fresh figs. Riesling works well too:

 

Finally for dessert it’s easiest to focus on the different "dessert" categories when selecting wine:

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  • Custard and vanilla

  • Fruit and spice

  • Caramels and chocolates

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In general, as the colors of the dessert get darker, the wine gets darker. For caramels and chocolates suggested wine pairings include red wine like late-harvest Pinot Noir, Banyuls, Grenache, Australian Shiraz, port (the classic chocolate pairing), and Grappa. If you want to be on the safe side, port and champagne are versatile and go with almost any dessert.  

 

These are just a few suggestions, so be sure to talk to your wine store representative for additional wine and food pairing recommendations.


The main objective is to have fun and to create a relaxed and romantic evening. Turn off the television and unplug from social media for a few hours and enjoy a romantic evening with your partner.



Bourbon Tasting Party

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Bourbon is the perfect drink for a fun social gathering. Starting with the basics, bourbon is a type of American whiskey and is a barrel aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. There is a distinct difference between whiskey and bourbon. In fact, my friends from Kentucky are very sensitive about the use of the name. (Don’t even think of using “whiskey” and “bourbon” interchangeably!) When I searched Kentucky bourbon online over 3 million results showed up, so I won't get too bogged down with the details here, but our friends at Old Limestone have a great explanation on their site.



Barrel-Art Decorating Tips

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Natural or rustic decor is currently very popular and it can be fun and inexpensive. Natural elements can be found almost anywhere, including a short walk in the park. Twigs, leaves, acorns, pine needles and pine cones are just some of the many elements that can be used as accent or centerpiece materials. Arrange pine cones and Spanish moss on a Barrel-Art Lazy Susan for a beautiful and rustic centerpiece. You can also use fruit or flowers on one of our serving trays as a centerpiece, both will add the perfect rustic touch for almost any occasion. A walk on the beach can also provide great elements. Shells and starfish can bring zing when paired with a colorful background.



Radio Interview

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Check out a recent interview with Crystal Cameron-Schaad, Radio Show Host of Crystal Palate's Wine Country on Cville 107.5FM. Our segment starts at 16:50.



Robots serving beer, bourbon and wine!?

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Robots are quickly becoming less science fiction and more real as they're quickly making thеіr wау іntо thе hоѕріtаlіtу industry; wоrkіng аt thе frоnt desk, соnсіеrgе, hоuѕеkееріng, restaurants, bаrѕ and even servers in the fast-food industry.   



Christmas Gift Ideas

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It's that special time of year. The Christmas Carols are playing on the radio, the malls are crowded and couples are trying to find that special tree… and figure out how to tie it to the top of the car. It's a great time, but if you're like me, shopping can be stressful.  So let us help you with a few ideas for everyone on your list.  We’ve come up with a few categories that might help.



Commonwealth’s Annual Holiday Artisan Market

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Kick off your holiday shopping and support your local artists at Commonwealth’s Holiday Artisan Market on Dec. 3rd from 12-6pm.



Small Business saturday

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Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend on 11/26 and is a perfect time to step back from the crowded craziness of the malls and chain stores to support your favorite local business. 



Spice up Your Outdoor Fun With Outdoor Fire Barrel

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Whо ѕаіd patios, porches аnd backyards аrе јuѕt fоr thе spring аnd summer? A slight chill іn thе air іѕ nоt а reason tо abandon ѕоmе quality time outdoors! Thе purchase оf аn outdoor fire barrel set саn provide јuѕt еnоugh warmth tо prolong уоur outdoor time. Thе fire barrel саn аlѕо bе а great excuse to have friends over for a good time gathered аrоund thе glow оf thе fire.



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