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Dec 04, 2014

ManMade's 2014 Guide to Gift Card-Less Holiday Giving

created at: 12/02/2014

You owe it to your friends and family to be a good gift giver. Rule number one: cool it with the gift cards ... there's always a better solution. Below is our list of ideas to spark your true gifting spirit, sponsored by our friends at the Murphy-Goode Winery (who believe in serious wine, serious fun, and doing good).

Every gift says something to the recipient. Another $25 to spend at Amazon says, "I'm lazy" and doesn't capture season's spirit. No one will be moved because you stopped by that end cap before exiting the grocery store.

ManMade Gift Guide 2014 - Sponsored by Murphy Goode

Instead, give something that shows you actually care. Here are some gift card-alternatives with enough appeal to give to nearly anyone… read more

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Aug 22, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Aug 20, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving.… read more

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Aug 18, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and… read more

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Aug 07, 2014

Party Time

created at: 08/06/2014

Hi friends - I'll be off the computer for the rest of the week to party. And by party, I mean to work. I'll be getting ready for an upcoming awesome backyard entertaining series for… read more

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Jan 28, 2014

Quick and Easy Winter Project: How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

created at: 01/28/2014

The wine cork trivet is a DIY staple, putting perfectly good materials to clever… read more

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Dec 11, 2013

How to: Make DIY Wooden Geometric Wine Stopper

DIY Geometric Wine Stopper

Since you're probably going to be popping some bottles for the holidays, why not making this geo wine stopper to keep all your spirits fresh and boozy, yes? You can use 'em yourselves, or give as party… read more

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Nov 22, 2013

How to: Saber a Champagne Bottle

If there was ever a time for opening a champagne bottle with a sword, the holidays is that time. You don't actually need a sword - a chef's knife will do - but I figure this is just one of those things a man should know how to do. And since this is also the season of fizzy, corked bottles of sparkling cider and grape juice, you can snag a few more affordable bottles to practice without having to waste any… read more

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Aug 12, 2013

How to Entertain Like a Modern Gentleman [Infographic]

created at: 08/12/2013

A few weeks ago, the team at Gascón wines invited ManMade to share some of our favorite guy-friendly entertaining tips.… read more

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Jul 29, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Puzzle Board - Perfect For Summer Snacks

Puzzle board

The perfect board that will allow you to eat, mingle, and hold your drink, all at the same time. We want 10… read more

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Jun 01, 2012

The Bottle of Wits: "The Princess Bride" Wine Packaging Design

There's nothing like one of your favorite things from childhood (The Princess Bride) joining hands with something you love as an adult (great design) for the purpose of something you like plenty (wine) at something you strive to support (independent movie theaters).

Enter The Bottle of Wits, which is each of those beloved things, and probably… read more

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Mar 07, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 7, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

So, this fractal mineral art is an actual geological find. As in, made by nature, colors and… read more

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Sep 23, 2011

A Drinking Man's Intro to Wine

I've gone on record here before about while wine is traditionally the pair-with-food accompaniment, beer and cocktails are equally tasty and complimentary to thought-out dishes.

But, of course, wine is still pretty darn awesome, albeit a bit intimidating. Once you learn the difference between lagers and ales, and get used to what hops and malt taste like, you can make your way around beer. But wine can be a whole 'nother planet to… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

The World According to an Alcoholic...

...Or, at least to someone that doesn't know a lot about geography and likes to imbibe.… read more

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Jun 13, 2011

A Taxonomy of Wine Labels

created at: 06/13/2011

Most of us by wine by the label. I mean, sure, you look at the grapes and the region and the year. And the price, and perhaps that little piece of paper that the store tapes to the shelf if it scores higher than an 80 by Robert Parker or Wine Spectator. But, like with any food or drink, its usually the label that draws you in and gives you the info you… read more

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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

created at: 07/22/2010

Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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May 10, 2010

How To: Make Mead (Honey Wine) at Home

created at: 05/03/2010

I remember when I first learned of mead...sophomore English, and we were working through Beowulf for the the first time, and the poem opens as the king has just built the great mead hall, Heorot. A whole building dedicated to something to drink? Must be delicious... I'll have to get my hands on some.

Finished product!

Ten years later, and I still haven't made my way to actually trying any, but buddy, with this sweet mead how-to, you better believe I'm… read more

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May 04, 2010

Five Ways to Open a Wine Bottle WITHOUT a Corkscrew

created at: 05/03/2010

Cocktail parties are often just as much about flair as they are about gatherings, but most of us aren't skilled enough (or willing) to start flipping shakers and bottles and catching limes in our teeth.

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So, instead, try one of these five options for opening a corked wine bottle WITHOUT using a corkscrew. Some are pratical, some are just for show, and none are really classy, but all will certainly show off your mad hostin' skills.

1. Use a screw. The Wired How-To Wiki offers this technique using a screw and a claw hammer. (pictured above)

2. A drill bit and pliers. Simply drill in a 1/4"-or-so drill bit, then grabread more

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