Serving Wine Part 7 – Aging Wine in the Hope That It Will Grow Old With More Grace Than We Do

Wine Bottles With Dust From Age

Aged Wine In A Wine Cellar

Some things get better with age and some don’t.  Classic paintings – check.  Fossils – yep.  My wife – you bet (and I didn’t just put that in because I need to sleep some time and she knows where all the sharp knives are kept in the kitchen).  Cottage cheese – not so much.  Spoiled children – are you kidding me?  I’ve been next to too many on airline flights.  How about wine?  Well…that isn’t a simple answer. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 6 – Storing Opened, Unfinished Wine – Yeah, It Actually Does Happen

Does this sound familiar? You’ve had a great wine the night before and now after a tough day at work you just can’t wait to pop the cork and enjoy the rest of the bottle. Drum roll please … Holy Crap! It was great last night and it sucks today. What happened? Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 5 – Stop Your Wine From Getting Hot and Bothered

Condensation on Wine Bottle

Cold Chardonnay Bottle. Should It Be That Cold?

The world is full of things that are fantastic when served at the right temperature and revolting when served at the wrong temperature. Does the thought of hot mayonnaise appeal to anyone? How about cold scrambled eggs? Lukewarm sushi anyone? There’s a dirty little secret in the wine world that not enough people know about. Americans almost always serve white wines too cold and red wines too warm. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 4 – It’s Sedimentary My Dear Watson

Wine Glass With Wine Sediments

Wine Sediment Occurs Naturally In Wines

If you are really into wine, the anticipation of the exquisite array of flavors dancing on your palate can be intoxicating.  The thoughts start in the afternoon at work and the drive home is endless.  The other drivers are all idiots because they are constantly in your way, creating yet another barrier to that first glass of wine. What should take 30 minutes seems to take twice as long. You arrive home, pour your nectar, take that first sip and…what the hell? Who put pulp in my wine? Orange juice is supposed to have pulp. Wine isn’t. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 2 – No Tuxedo or Snotty Attitude Required But You Do Need the Right Type of Wine Glass

Wine Glass with Sun

A Wine Glass In the Sun

Would you serve soup on a dinner plate? How about a T-Bone steak in a shot glass? No? Then why would you serve your wine in the wrong type of wine glass? There are thousands of variations of wine glasses and most of them actually detract from the wine drinking experience. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 1 – Introduction…AKA…Buying Good Wine Is Pointless If It Is Not Served Correctly

 

Three Wine Glasses

Serving Wine Correctly Depends on Many Factors

Would you rather serve a good wine correctly or a great wine poorly. Few people realize that serving a great wine is just like creating any other great dish. There are many factors that go into serving wine correctly. Continue reading

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