Wine Accessories: A Toast to Glasses, Totes and Gift Ideas

Whether you are transporting a delicious bottle of your host’s favorite wine to a dinner party, looking for the perfect gift for a housewarming or just in need of some wine accessories, LTD has you covered with some stylish tabletop ideas, elegant storage for gift-givers on the go and must-haves for casual wine enthusiasts.

Stylish Wine-Tasting Transport
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The Luxury Insulated Wine Clutch is the perfect way to conceal and carry a bottle of wine to a wine-tasting or dinner party. Fully lined with thermal insulation, it has the appearance of a fashionable handbag. It also includes a stainless steel corkscrew in the outside zippered pocket. Holds a standard 750ml bottle of wine.

The Cozy Winter Wine Parka adds a pop of color and style to your table setting, and it’s the perfect gift for a fellow wine enthusiast. Designed to resemble a fashionable winter coat, it’s a fun way to wrap a wine bottle. The polyester design features a faux fur trim and has a zip closure to keep the wine covered and protected.

Wonderfully Unique Wine Glasses
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This fun Mary Phillips Wine Glass is perfect for a girl’s night in, casual wine-tasting or a night cap. Each has a signature quote in a bright color palette on the side that any wine enthusiast will enjoy. The perfect gift for an avid wine drinker or a good friend who enjoys the occasional glass, it features a generous 12-oz. design.

The Set of 4 Retro Aluminum Wine Glasses allow you to keep the drinks flowing at your next gathering. An outdoor entertaining must-have or a fun twist for a wine tasting, each glass features a durable construction. The large, 21-ounce aluminum glasses are naturally cool, and they can even be pre-chilled in the freezer.

Tabletop Accessories
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Defend your table surfaces from stains in a stylish way with the 5-Pc. Mosaic Monogram Coaster Set. Each coaster is designed with a unique-mosaic glass letter, set against a botanical vignette. The cork base keeps each coaster in place. Stack the durable, cold cast ceramic coasters in the compact holder when not in use.

Celebrate the winter season and the Christmas festivities with the Holiday Wine Bottle & Glass Holder. Its delightfully cheerful face sits atop a spiral body and fits perfectly around a standard bottle of wine. The two arms on the sides hold your wine glasses. When not in use, the arms are removable for simple storage.

Wine Storage Tips to Keep Your Favorites Fresh

Humans have been enjoying and perfecting wine for thousands of years. Techniques have improved. The technology has advanced. Nearly every facet of the wine experience is better at this moment than it was the moment before. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Still, Americans drink more wine than any other nation in the world, and when it comes to basic wine guidelines such as wine storage, most of us are making a few of the same mistakes time and time again. Even though the wine we pick up at the store has been perfected, we have to do our part to make sure we’ll enjoy it. Improve on your experience with these wine storage tips.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
What’s the deal with wine cellars? Well, the whole point is to keep wine isolated, covered in darkness and completely still. Will such a thing as the occasional vibration inside a fridge or the sunlight glaring through the backseat window on your drive home ruin that precious purchase from the supermarket? Nope. It won’t. And if you’re not a regular wine drinker you probably won’t notice. But if you’re saving the nice bottle of wine in your home for a special occasion or just want to make sure you’re not causing any damage, it’s important to know that wine is sensitive to light, particularly direct sunlight and UV rays, even the fluorescent lights in the kitchen. Many bottles are designed to block these culprits, but they won’t stop it all, especially over long periods of time. Most light fixtures in your home won’t do much damage, but as a general rule, try to put the wine you want to preserve in a dark place where it won’t be disturbed  to get the most out of each bottle.

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The Perfect Bottle Position
Ever wonder why wine bottles are typically seen being stored on their sides with the cork facing out, or why some wine racks are designed to hold bottles upside down? It turns out wine isn’t just susceptible to light or movement–it can also be spoiled by being stored in an incorrect position. Even though you picked it off the shelf at the store from an upright position, that’s not how you should store it at home. The reason bottles are set on their sides is because the liquid in the bottle needs to stay right up against the cork to seal it properly and prevent oxygen from sneaking inside. This is also a key thing to keep in mind when shopping for your wine at the store. Most stores will stock their wine upright, and sometimes it’s hard to tell how long the bottle has been standing there. This method is okay for a short period of time, but isn’t ideal for long-term storage.

Tips on Temperature & Timing
Blanketed in darkness like a vampire–check. Tipped on its side to keep oxygen out–check. Anything else that might ruin your wine? Of course there is. Temperature, humidity and timing are the final things on our list. First, the temperature where you store your wine needs to be consistent. For aging purposes, it’s ideal for wine to be stored between 55°F and 75°F, but most experts advise not to store wine above 75°F. And for the casual wine enthusiast, it’s more important to keep wine refrigerated at a steady temp than fuss too much about the exact degree. If you can control the humidity in your storage area, try to keep it above 60% to prevent corks from drying out. And as far as aging your wine, make sure you’re storing wine that will be able to improve over time. Many wines produced commercially in the US actually will not improve with age, so if you’re going to make the effort with your storage techniques, research your specific wine for details.

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After You’ve Opened It
So far we’ve gone over how to store the wine you’ve picked up from the store and plan to put away for that special occasion or how to preserve the wine you received as a gift. But the storage rules change for wine that you’ve already opened, and let’s face it, for most of us, we’re not picking up wine just to tuck it away in the basement. We want to pop the cork and enjoy it that night or during the upcoming weekend. But once the party is over, there might still be some wine swooshing around the bottle. If you don’t want to toss it out then you need to know how to store it and how long you can store it. Generally for white wine you can just push the cork in tight and pop the bottle on its side in the fridge. This will keep the wine away from a lot of light while maintaining the temperature. However, once you open a bottle, there’s almost no place to put it that will preserve it for more than three to five days. This goes for red wine as well, but unlike a white wine, red wine doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Just tighten the cork and arrange it on its side in a dark setting.


LTD Commodities has all kinds of accessories for the wine enthusiast, including wine totes to make sure a favorite vintage is protected during transport, glasses for wine tasting parties or cork holders for decoration.

Fall Entertaining: Wine, Etiquette and Thanksgiving Ideas

When it comes to fall entertaining, the season is known best for Thanksgiving. There are many different fall entertaining opportunities leading up to Thanksgiving. From wine tastings, to dinner table etiquette for kids and a few healthy Thanksgiving ideas to help you start brainstorming for your menu, LTD has suggestions to get your party moving in the right direction, prevent holiday problems and make your turkey day special.

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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party at Home
Wine-tasting can be tailored for any season, but it’s absolutely perfect for late summer and early autumn. As with any party, there are plenty of things to check off your list before you begin sending out the invites. From choosing your wine to pairing it with food, find out how to host your party with this home wine-tasting guide.

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Tips to Prevent Kids from Playing with Toys at the Dinner Table
Holiday gatherings and larger family dinners make it harder for hosts to keep track of what’s going on at the kids’ table. Preventing kids from playing with toys at the table or developing good etiquette starts with their habits, but it can be helped with a couple tricks. Learn how to deal with toys with this table etiquette guide.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
What if I told you that you could create an eating experience that is lighter on calories but still delivers on the flavors we all desire for Thanksgiving? Some of us cringe at the idea of changing our traditional menus, but when it comes to our health, it’s worth it. Here are some healthy holiday cooking tips that will totally satisfy.

Find the Perfect Pumpkin for Your Home this Fall

Pumpkins are the perfect fall decoration because they can be used for the entire harvest season, from early weeks leading up to Halloween to the scary holiday itself and all the way to Thanksgiving. LTD has a pretty big assortment of pumpkins for all your autumn needs. Discover the perfect pumpkin for your home this fall.

Warm Fall Welcome
Greet your guests with these fashionable front porch pumpkins for fall.
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Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin
The perfect way to greet guests throughout fall, this stylish pumpkin has stars, a warm welcome and a rustic look. The LED light inside simulates real candlelight without the danger of an open flame.
Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins
Add a unique addition to your outdoor harvest decor. Metal tabs attach the leaves to the pumpkin, and the scroll-work stem doubles as a hanger so you can display each pumpkin from a hook.
Harvest Porch Decor Pumpkins
These cool wooden pumpkins bring a fresh design to your front porch. They’re connected and feature three different designs and sizes for decorating porch steps and more.

Interior Accents
Celebrate the autumn season throughout your home with fresh interior accents.
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Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins
Each pumpkin in this set is inscribed with a different phrase that’s perfect for fall. Its rustic, wood-carved look is accented with colorful leaves decorating the front and top of each.
Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candle
Fill any room with a delightful aroma using this pumpkin spice candle. The 12-oz. Mason jar is packed with a wonderful scent. Its metal top keeps the candle fresh when not in use.
Festive Burlap Pumpkin Set
Place this festive set of pumpkins among your fall decorations for an enchanting look. To bring them to life, simply fill them with dry leaves or newspaper and tie them up with the jute cords.

Happy Halloween
Don’t forget about pumpkins for one of the best holidays of the year!
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Lighted Halloween Scenes
Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests with a fun lighted scene for Halloween. It’s the perfect decorative prop for your covered porch or front entryway. The pumpkin eyes light up in purple.
Set of 3 LED Trick or Treat Pumpkins
Dress up your home with a traditional accent this Halloween using these trick-or-treat pumpkins. They have a classic phrase, cutout star shapes and amber light that shines through the cutout stars.
Halloween Decor
Celebrate the season with spooky Halloween decor like the Set of 3 Pumpkins. The tabletop style pumpkins spell out “BOO’ and feature an overall black design that’s perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.

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How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.

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Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.

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Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

Fall Home Improvement Solutions for the Yard, Garage & Indoors

Whether you spend a lot of time working on your yard or taking care of your house, you will need the right tools for the fall and winter season to keep everything in tip-top shape. Pack, cover, fix, optimize and work in a variety of different capacities with these fall home improvement solutions for your yard, garage and home.

Get Your Yard Ready for Fall
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Rolling Outdoor Cushion Storage
Store and protect your outdoor cushions with this rolling storage solution. The strong bag is made of heavy-duty polyester, has a zip closure, two rolling wheels and large handles to help you move it around easily.
Air Conditioner Covers
Air conditioners are expensive…don’t let fall and winter conditions destroy them! These covers, designed to fit most window or central air units, prevent snow, ice and dirt from causing rust. Covers have elastic edges.
No-Slip Ice Carpets
Minimize the risk of dangerous falls on icy or snowy surfaces with No-Slip Ice Carpets. Simply roll out this mat and you can walk safely on snow-laden pathways or steps, providing traction where you need it most.

Useful Gear for the Garage
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Rolling Work Seat with Built-In Toolbox
This rolling work seat has a reinforced, vinyl-padded cushion and a three-drawer toolbox with roller bearing slides. It has two folding tool trays with magnetic pads and a rear tray that supports screwdrivers and pliers.
204-Pc. Super Drill Bit Set
This drill bit set has a bit for every purpose, all packed into a convenient hard plastic storage case. The case folds out to reveal four panels full of bits and accessories, each labeled with its size for easy organization.
40″ Cool Weave Folding Car Creeper
The car creeper makes working on your vehicle easy. It’s made with heavy-duty cool weave fabric on a steel frame. The breathable nylon fabric minimizes sweat and the soft foam pillow provides even more comfort.

Tools to Touch Up Your Home
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Wireless Inspection Scope
Gain access behind walls, inside pipes and other hard-to-reach areas with this wireless scope. It features an adjustable LED light and 3′ flexible camera extender with three attachments: magnetic, hook and mirror.
Stanley Tripod Flashlight
The tripod flashlight is great for emergencies, camping and DIY projects in awkward spaces. The flashlight’s articulated head directs the light right where you need it. Has a weather-resistant anodized aluminum case.
High Pressure Drain Cleaner
Use this drain cleaner to unclog sinks, tubs or showers. It uses compressed air to unclog most drains without the use of harmful chemicals. Pump the unit to compress the air, then pull the trigger to blast away the clog.

Fall Gardening: Veggies You Can Still Plant Right Now

Gardeners have been working hard all summer, sweating in the sun, toiling in the dirt. Depending on what you’ve been planting, it’s about time to start reaping what you sowed all those months ago. But many of us don’t want to give up on our gardens just yet. There’s still plenty of fall gardening maintenance to complete before the first fall frost, but there are also a few types of vegetables that gardeners can still plant while the ground is warm. The first fall frost is only a couple weeks away for most of us in the northern states, but it’s still just far enough away in most southern regions (and some parts of the north–check out this easy guide for estimated dates for 2016) to give quick-yielding veggies a fighting chance to beat the fall frost deadline.

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Nurturing in the North
Lettuce is one of the few veggies that grows particularly well when the soil drops to a cooler temperature. The resilient leafy green can also continue to thrive when the daylight hours decrease and the air gets a little more crisp. It’s a great solution for anyone in northern regions with fall frost dates earlier in the year, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest as well as the Northeast, growing just in time for Thanksgiving.

Avid gardeners may have already switched to planting spinach in the fall rather than the spring in order to yield better results through the winter season, but planting spinach early enough before fall starts has also been known to produce results before the first frost starts to wreak havoc. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as mustard or collard greens, do well in the cool season when the temps are lower.

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As long as you’re taking a chance on growing leafy greens in the cooler months, you can also throw in a steady supply of radishes to fill out your fall gardening. They’ll grow well along with the leafy greens, and because they’re some of the quickest-growing vegetables, you can get away with planting a couple rows now–at the end of summer–and expect them to reach full maturity in most regions in around four weeks.

Savoring in the South
Most regions in the south don’t experience their first fall frost until November, and in some places, early December. This gives you a little more time to plant some of your favorite veggies. In addition to greens such as lettuce and spinach, kale can stand up to the cooler temperatures as well. However, it requires more sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. It’s suggested to enrich with fertilizer or composting before planting.

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Like many types of veggies you plant in the fall, peas are susceptible to irreparable damage when frost starts to blanket your garden and freeze the soil. However, peas are also an example of a fall crop that’s capable of thriving in cooler conditions, producing sweeter and more satisfying results as the days start getting shorter. Mild winters make it easy to plant varieties like snow peas later into the autumn season.

The first thing you want to do before you think about planting seeds in your garden this fall is to make sure you have enough time before the first frost as well as the right soil conditions to produce a quick yield.

The Fall Transition: Wearing White After Labor Day & More

The summer-to-fall transition usually happens slowly. Cold weather starts to sneak up on us, but we ignore it for as long as we can, along with the strange fashion advice that sticks in our minds after Labor Day. The good news is that winter is still a few months away. Start thinking about the fall transition for your wardrobe and your home with advice on wearing white after Labor Day and tips on bringing your garden indoors.

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White After Labor Day and Other Fashion Rules You Can Break
Wearing white after Labor Day has been a no-no in the fashion world for decades, but if asked why, many people wouldn’t know the reason behind the strange end-of-summer rule. Get the skinny on the Labor Day debate origins and tips on other fashion rules you can break as you start assembling your fall wardrobe.

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Acceptable Ways to Dress Your Home In White After Labor Day
We’ve all heard the famous warning: don’t wear white after Labor Day. But interior design standards are a little different than strict fashion tips. Learn about the most acceptable ways to dress your home with white after Labor Day, from shades to textures to interesting autumn accents with this home decorating advice.

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Indoor Potted Plant Caretaking Tips
One day your houseplants are in bloom, and the next they’re wilting and dropping leaves. The trick to keeping indoor plants happy and healthy is to pay attention to their basic needs. Get to know these five indoor potted plant caretaking tips to help indoor flowers and greenery thrive in your home this season.

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Dangerous Indoor Plants to Keep Pets Away From
Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren’t eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn’t always the only thing they’re consuming. There are several common plants pets shouldn’t eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these plants.

Campsite Essentials for Family Fun in the Forest

Whether you tried out camping with your family this summer and can’t wait to get back in the woods or have been waiting for summer to cool down and fall to arrive before making the trip to your favorite campsite, the time to get your gear ready is right now. From basic campsite essentials to campfire must-haves to help the family fuel up for your morning hike, LTD Commodities has a wide selection of products for family forest fun.


Create Your Campsite
Turn any spot in the forest into a cozy, comfortable, convenient retreat for the whole family.

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Portable Camping Kitchen Table
50-Ft. Glow-in-the-Dark Rope
Licensed Inflatable Sleeping Bag


Cook Up Some Grub
Master the campfire, cook over open flames and serve up your delicious outdoor dishes.

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Easy-Up Collapsible Tripod Grill
Set of 4 Slide and Serve Skewers
Sets of 2 Divided Stainless Steel Plates


Relax By The Fire
Kick back after a long day of hiking or fishing by relaxing around a colorful fire.

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Portable Folding Lounger
Set of 5 Colorful Fire Packets
Take It Anywhere Outdoor Tables

Have An Adventure: Camping Ideas, Fishing Advice & More

While some of us are worried about summer coming to an end, there are many people looking forward to the cooler months of fall. Autumn is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the outdoors. Pack up for an adventure this weekend or later this fall with these camping ideas, fishing advice for first timers and more.

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How to Make Your Kid’s First Fishing Trip a Success
Parents fond of fishing might fear that their kid won’t share their appreciation for the sport. While it’s possible that children won’t share your enthusiasm for fishing, it’s certainly within your ability to make the way they experience their first fishing trip positive. Read on to learn how to make your kid’s first trip fun for everyone.

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Target Practice: 4 Classic Games to Test Your Accuracy
Games that involve shooting at targets are about as old as human civilizations. It’s a unique thrill to aim and shoot at targets. Learn about the history of archery and darts, discover how target games test different types of accuracy, and challenge opponents to a competition inspired by thousands of years of target practice.

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Glamping: An Adventure in Comfort
Glamping is more than a new kind of camping; it’s a new type of experimental travel. It takes wandering off the beaten path to a new level. Glamping can be everything from a deluxe tent and chilled champagne to a vintage trailer by the sea. Forget roughing it. Glamping lets you explore with a degree of sophistication.

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6 Ideas for What and How to Cook When You’re Camping
Everything is pared down and compact when you’re camping: there are no accent pillows or hot showers, and even the food isn’t exactly like home. Cooking is probably the most challenging part of camping, especially if you have picky eaters. Here are six ideas for what and how to cook when you’re camping.