A superb wine is a highlight of a great social gathering.
It joyously elevates the occasion & lifts the festive mood at the glorious sound of the cork popping, and the bubbles are flowing.
There are majestic ways to herald the caliber of a great bottle, but how awesome would it be to present it in a classy serving bucket made completely of ice and fresh florals?
2 containers (one with a larger circumference than the other)
- Fill the larger container ⅓ of the way with water.
- Place the smaller container into the larger one (make sure that the smaller container is wide enough to fit a wine bottle). Drop pebbles into the smaller container to weigh it down, leaving 2-3 inches of water at the bottom to form the base of the bucket.
- Stuff the sides with flowers until you’re happy with the look. Tuck them in tight, so that the flowers don’t just float to the top when the rest of the water is added.
- Fill the rest of the way with water, and freeze overnight.
- To remove the ice bucket, take out the pebbles. Pour some warm water into the smaller container, and run the larger container under warm water. This should loosen everything up and you’ll be able to gently slide the ice bucket out.
The Cheat Sheet to Wine Serving
Did you know, serving your wine at its optimal conditions will make more of an impact towards a great tasting experience than the price? Even a modestly-priced bottle will shine if it is served in conditions that beautifully bring out its finest qualities.
- Temperature: while all wines are stored at the same temperature, the different varietals should be served at the temperature that best highlights their individual characteristics. The basic rule of thumb is that whites are chilled before serving, and reds are at a temperature slightly below room temperature. Even affordable wines benefit from a little chilling to mask any ‘off’ aromas.
- Glassware: not all glasses are created equal. The same wine will taste different in every glass! The diverse shapes and sizes are meant to accentuate the true flavour of each wine, and investing in a good variety of stemware ensures that you’re always able to properly enjoy the wine, whatever it is. Typically, white wine is served in smaller bowled glasses, while red in larger ones. These different characteristics allow the lush aromas and flavours in the wine to flourish, making it taste better.
Where To Get All Your Wines & Serving Equipment
- Choose beautiful florals from florists Flora Springs & Party (Anchorpoint #B1-11), A Tilly A Day (Waterway Point West Wing, #02-03), & Xpressflower.com (Causeway Point #03-K12; Northpoint #02-62).
- A stunning ice bucket deserves to hold a fantastic wine! Speak to the great folks at Crystal Wines (Valley Point #01-02/03), Bottles & Bottles (The Centrepoint #B1-K8/K9), & Wine Connection (Anchorpoint #B1-08; Changi City Point #B1-17; Robertson Walk #01-06) for wines that will perfectly suit your occasion (& floral ice bucket).
- For the more traditional host, Kitchen + Ware (Waterway Point West Wing, #B1-03) & Metro (The Centrepoint #01-14 to 17/25/26, #02-07/11, #03-06, #04-04/101; Causeway Point #01-18/19, #02-13/14/15, #03-16/17) have a great selection of classy wine buckets, glassware & other serving equipment.