Aerating Wine With the Ventorosso
Gadget Review: Ventorosso
Purchased at: Donated by Ventorosso Ventures who requested that we review the product.
Cost: $29.99 from Ventorosso.com
The folks at Ventorosso reached out to us in late 2014 to do a review of their wine aerator. Unfortunately, we used the same Cabernet Sauvignon that we had used for previous aeration tests. Why unfortunately? We used a really good Cab which in past tests, was big enough but also young enough to yield really good test results. It became our go to wine for testing. So what’s the problem? Well, aerators by design are supposed to soften tannins of younger, more aggressive wines and therein lies the problem. The one that we used in the past had aged so nicely, that it didn’t need aeration anymore, and in fact, was almost indistinguishable from an unaerated wine. That meant that we needed to redo the test with a younger wine with bigger tannins. Continue reading
Bad Smells are Just Part of What Can Go Wrong With a Bad Wine Defect
View our previous post - How Wine is Described By Those Snooty People Who Invent Terms Like Terroir
Drinking wine can be a sublime experience when everything comes together for the perfect glass. But what about those less than perfect glasses where the wine is a little flawed or badly flawed? These defects are usually called wine faults and there are lots of different types. Ever smell a wine that reminds you of a wet dog? That’s a wine fault often caused by a tainted wine cork or some other bacteria or unwelcome “guest”. Continue reading
Taste and Smell Are Critical to Describing Wine
How do you describe wine? It’s amazing how many terms people use to describe it. Taste, mouth feel, bouquet, color, palate (really a misnomer because that’s really part of your mouth) clarity, body, aroma, legs (yes legs…we’ll get into that in a bit), never mind a mind boggling array of individual smells that even a bloodhound would have a hard time distinguishing. Most are useful in describing wine to knowledgeable wine folks but some are as pointless as owning a pair sunglasses in England. Humans have five senses. Are all of them actually useful to describe wine? Let’s take a look at each sense and see if it makes sense (no pun intended) to use it to describe wine. Continue reading
The Bane of Wine Drinkers – The Broken Cork
How do you open wine when the cork is damaged? Do you just keep churning away with the same corkscrew that caused the problem (or more likely the operator of the corkscrew who really caused the problem)? Do you resort to another tool that might work better? The answer is surprisingly simple if you apply a little common sense. Continue reading
How do you open a bottle of wine? Assuming it’s a cork and not a screw top, there are a myriad of tools to open a bottle of wine and probably twice as many ways to screw up a cork. If it is a screw top and you are still reading expecting to find how to open the bottle, just quit reading, stop drinking wine and stick with Bud Light. Continue reading
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Tagged Cork, Corkscrew, Foil, Handle, Lever, Opening, Prong, Removing Wax, Wine Bottle, Worm
56 Glasses of Wine. Why Not? This Is a Salmanazar Next to a Standard Bottle of Wine.
What are the largest wine bottles? They run the gamut from three standard bottles of wine, up to ones seemingly big enough to fill an average sized swimming pool. By the way, if you’re looking for information on the more standard format wine bottles, please visit part one of this post, which covers single serving bottles through Magnums. Continue reading
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Tagged Balthazar, Double Magnum, Imperiale, Jeroboam, Large Format Wine Bottles, Marie - Jeanne, Melchior, Methuselah, Nebuchadnezzar, Rehoboam, Salmanazar, Sovereign.