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Old 10-15-2007, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Well, the wine coolers are for being outdoors, I think, when it gets really hot. But just for keeping it in the house, no refrig.

And don't feel badly: for years I didn't know any of this stuff either! I thought I didn't like wine of any kind, but I found out after getting to CA and the wine country, I just had never had any Good wine (or know what to do with it...)

It has been known since Biblical times that "a little wine is good for the stomach..." as the Holy Apostle Paul said to Saint Timothy.



Oops, it's off to bed for me now: it's later than I thought.....

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Old 10-15-2007, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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well golly howdy, thank you for telling me all this, but you know what, let's keep this betweeen ourselves, if i tell dh that the wine I've been pouring down the sink was truly ok, he will have a duck fit.

yes, just had my second glass of milk, heading to bed as well. night all. and again thanks.will rep when they allow me again.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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gezzzzz. I been doing it wrong too !

Have you tried Gluewein? Its a german spice , you put in with youre Wein, its YUMMO !
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:10 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I have a question.....if red wine isn't suppose to be refridgerated do you just put the cork back in it after is't been opened and store it on a shelf? Won't it go bad? I also am learning about wine--at a ripe old age--Anyhow, won't it go bad? I only have one glass in the evening so a bottle lasts quite a while.
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Well putting it in the fridge isn't helping it last longer than sitting on the counter. It's absorbing odors through that cork. A bottle should last about
4 -5 days if you have only one glass a night. Here's what you need to invest about $10 in:

Amazon.com: Vacu Vin Wine Saver Gift Pack, White: Kitchen & Dining

OK, $14. This gets you another day or two of freshness on a regular bottle of wine. I don't care for dessert wines, but I understand wines like port last much longer after the bottle has been opened than dry wines, particularly if you use the vacuum pump.

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Old 10-15-2007, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Well, I don't know if I'd call it "good," but Manischevitz (a Jewish/kosher wine) is VERY sweet! It was the first thing I got drunk on, since it tastes like grape juice - LOL.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Smile It will be fine....

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I have a question.....if red wine isn't suppose to be refridgerated do you just put the cork back in it after is't been opened and store it on a shelf? Won't it go bad? I also am learning about wine--at a ripe old age--Anyhow, won't it go bad? I only have one glass in the evening so a bottle lasts quite a while.
Yes, just put in the cork and keep at room temp, it's OK Remember it has already done some aging in the process of it turning into wine....

I usually put the "wine on the cork" that is, lay it on its side (being certain the cork is secure enough so there isn't seepage) There's something about the esters in red wine which do better with space to 'breathe' but this is getting a little into the chemistry part.

Oh, and the air-evauation systems are great! I forgot all about mentioning this part, so glad you did, Debsi

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Wink Actually....

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Well, I don't know if I'd call it "good," but Manischevitz (a Jewish/kosher wine) is VERY sweet! It was the first thing I got drunk on, since it tastes like grape juice - LOL.
I thought about mentioning this wine; because it's kosher, it is very pure. For those who really don't care for the taste of wine, an option is to use this type (I'd choose the Concord Grape) and add about a 1/4 portion of water that's been heated (hot enough as for coffee.)

So then you are drinking something warm & soothing, and not quite so sweet...
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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Hello folks! I'm sorry you don't particularly enjoy wine, aiangel, but the tips listed above will help a good bit. Wine and air have a very strange relationship. It very much mellows the flavor of the wine and makes it more enjoyable. That's why red wine glasses are very wide, while white wine glasses are narrower and champagne flutes are very narrow. The wider the glass, the more exposure to air.

That's also why people sometimes use those wide wine decanters.

In nicer restaurants and wine bars, they actually pump heavy gases (usually argon) into opened bottles of wine they want to keep. The argon settles over the wine and provides a gas barrier, protecting the wine from oxygen. It's pretty neat.

Wine coolers (as in the wine refrigerators) are designed for white wine, which should be chilled. Traditionally, whites are to be served at cellar temperature (low 50s) and reds are to be served at room temp. There are, of course, lots of special cases. In the states, we tend to overchill everything, and that can hurt the flavors.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Sounds like a good excuse to go to some wine tastings....for health reasons. Not that one even needs an excuse!
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