Well, here we are! Our first wine craft pairing! Today, I’m enjoying a Casillero del Diablo Malbec 2015. I buy this wine at my local grocery store, and I’ve found it in other states as well, so you should be able to find it at your local store. This bottle is about $10, so it not only brings joy to your taste buds, your wallet can get on board, too. I’ll get to the review after we finish our craft of the day!
So, as promised, we’re going to be making personalized monogram wine glasses to transport that grape nectar of happiness from the bottle to our lips. I’ve made these glasses for Christmas and birthday gifts, and they’ve always been a hit! People will be in awe of not only the depth of your thoughtfulness, but your supreme artistic glass etching abilities! (I won’t tell them that this is actually pretty easy if you don’t.)
Here’s what we’ll need for this project:
- Set of wine glasses to your liking- I find inexpensive sets at Homegoods and sometimes Costco.
- Glass etching cream- I use Armour Etch, which I buy at Michael’s.
- Set of alphabet stickers to your liking- Make sure the set has enough of the letter you want. Also, I have found that stickers which have just a little depth to them are helpful. Just make sure you get etching cream into all the nooks and crannies.
- Foam brush for application.
- Painter’s tape.
- A nice full glass of Malbec- For inspiration… not to be etched…
Decide how you want your monogram to appear. In this example, I’m making a square box around the monogram. The inside of the box will be frosted when we’re finished with the monogram remaining as clear glass.
You can also tape around the entire circumference of the glass to create a band all the way around.
Start taping and apply your letter! Make sure the painter’s tape and letter are firmly applied to the glass. I suggest using mental markers, like the rim of the glass, and measure where you place your tape since you’ll need to repeat this for each glass and we want them to be identical (we’re not that far into our Malbec yet!).
Brush on an even layer of etching cream. You can play with this to get different effects, which I did this time. If you use the brush to swirl or stripe the cream to be thicker in some places than others, you can get a marbled or smoky effect. The results aren’t as predictable, but that’s part of the fun!
Leave the cream on for about 45 seconds, but no more than a minute.
Step 4 (ok, may be a few small steps):
Wash off the etching cream with soap and water, then peel off your monogram sticker. The space under the sticker should be clear and your box should be etched. Wash the glass one more time to make sure all of the etching cream is gone. At first, your design may not appear. This is a great opportunity to take a sip of wine and wait for the glass to dry. After a minute or two (2-3 sips), your monogram should be cradled by a cloud of etched glass!
I’ve never had a problem putting these in the dishwasher, but I tend to hand wash these just to be safe.
Not sure you want to take on this project? Visit my Etsy shop and I’ll make it for you!
THE WINE VERDICT
I’m generally a fan of Malbec when it comes to reds. I like that it’s full-bodied, but not as heavy or dry as most Merlot. To me, the Casillero del Diablo is still a bit heavy for a sipping wine. It lends itself better to a pairing with a nice meal (which is my next endeavor tonight). The flavor is subtly smoky and peppery to start with some short-lived fruit on the back. I do like that, after a glass (or so…), it still tastes fresh on my pallet and has not blown out my taste buds. All in all, I would suggest this wine to those who maybe don’t want the full-bodied Merlot experience, but still want to know they’re having a good red wine. And you can’t beat the price! I’ll buy it again.
Have you tried this wine before? What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite Malbec I should try? I’ve love to hear from you!
Wishing you success and many sips!