Sparkling rosé is getting ever more popular. It tastes a lot like its bubbly counterparts (Cava, Champagne, Prosecco), but has additional subtle red-berry and soft-spice flavors. Our testers recently uncorked several top-rated bottles of rosé in a blind taste test, and you don't have to break the bank to get a great bottle.
Cooking with chocolate can be tricky, it can easily burn and get gritty. Make sure your homemade chocolate concoctions are a success on Valentine's Day by following these tips from our experts in the Consumer Reports test kitchen.
A coffeemaker embedded with Swarovski crystals seems a little over the countertop but maybe it takes a little bling to make an everyday appliance seem less prosaic. Fortunately, the Cuisinart Crystal coffeemaker had other attributes including the fact that it made a fine cup of coffee in Consumer Reports' tests. It's not the only product we've recommended lately that has a little swagger. Here are some other stylish top picks that would make a good Valentine's Day gift for that special someone.
It's not too early to think about Valentine's Day gifts, especially if you plan to lavish your loved one with chocolates available only by mail order. Our testers tasted standard-issue $10 sampler boxes up through extravagant treats costing $90 a box. Here's what they found:
Looking to purchase a bottle of bubbly for the night? You might not think of Consumer Reports when it comes to buying wine, but our industry experts have reviewed many of your favorite varietals, including Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Zinfandel, and many more.
Did you buy or receive any electronics gifts that your recipient or you just can't use this holiday? It's the thought that counts—and you're thinking about how you can return them. We've already advised on returning gifts in general, but electronics are a special case. With that in mind, here are some tips to bear in mind if you're bringing back unwanted tech presents.
During the holiday gift exchange and paper shredding frenzy, you may have received an electronic traveling companion. Before tossing the packaging, consider if that portable GPS navigator the best one for your needs. Or should you trade it in on a better model?
It's the holidays, time to haul out the good silverware and china. But after the big meal, don't be tempted to put these special items in the dishwasher where they may be harmed by the water spray or an abrasive detergent. Sure, most dishwashers have a gentle cycle but if you treasure your grandmother's china or crystal, it's best to clean them the old-fashioned way, by hand. Our experts offer this advice.
Turkey isn't just a Thanksgiving Day tradition. It's popular at Christmas too, with 22 million consumed, according to the National Turkey Federation. Ask friends for their best turkey tips and you'll get an earful of advice on brining, basting, glazing and grilling, even deep-frying. But does anybody tell you where it can all go wrong with the turkey changing from being much anticipated to maligned? Here are three common mistakes cooks make and what to do instead.
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