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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Battle Against Vinegar

Wine is a gift from nature, but it's mankind's job to safeguard it

Posted: June 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Every third day, I play my version of wine roulette, uncorking a bottle I first opened two days earlier and seeing if the last one or two glasses worth of wine at the bottom still taste good. Most recently it was a bottle of RdV Vineyards Lost Mountain Red, a lovely Bordeaux blend from Virginia's emerging Middleburg area. (RdV employs Eric Boissenot, a Bordeaux winemaking consultant I profiled in our June 30 issue.)

When faced with an unfinished bottle, I shove the cork back into place and put the bottle in the fridge. I know, I could pour the leftover wine into a smaller bottle or try some fancy inert-gas device; some of my colleagues have been known to freeze leftover wine. But I've settled on the cork-it-and-cool-it technique, and it works most of the time if I drink the wine within three days. Sadly, this time it failed. The RdV was bright at first, but the finish held a touch of vinegar. It wasn't the wine's fault—it was probably too much air and not enough wine.

News & Features  :  News

Guess Executives Buy Top Los Angeles Retailer Wally's Wine & Spirits

Co-owner Christian Navarro and Marciano brothers buy store from founder Steve Wallace; sources say possible national expansion in the works

Posted: June 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: Franco Biondi Santi of Montalcino Dies

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Collectors Accuse Charlie Trotter of Fraud; Chef Denies Allegations

Brothers allege in federal lawsuit that they bought phony magnum of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from restaurant

Posted: June 14, 2013  By Mitch Frank

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Sake's True Believers

Thanks to a hardcore group of fans, more high quality sake is available than ever before

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  People

Passion for Spain

Raúl Pérez Makes hundreds of wines from forgotten grapes and vineyards in his one-man quest to define terroir

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Stop Whining About Bordeaux Futures

Consumers and wine merchants are complaining that château owners are charging too much. The real solution is to drink something else

Posted: May 16, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Like most wine regions, Bordeaux has an annual rhythm. When the grapes ripen, it's time for harvest, or vendange. After the wine ferments, they pour it into oak barrels for élevage. With February, blending, or assemblage, begins.

May brings another annual Bordeaux ritual. Sadly, I don't know the French word for whining.

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Resurrecting Soave

Stefano Inama is a bold voice among the true believers working to restore the Italian region’s reputation

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Quiet Man's Legacy

Bruno Giacosa toiled for decades to make some of Piedmont’s greatest wines. Now a new generation is building on his labors

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Scaling New Heights in Italy’s Dolomites

When it comes to winemaking, Elisabetta Foradori considers success less important than passion

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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