One minor frustration of cellaring wine is what to do about oversized bottles. I don't mean magnums--I mean single bottles that hold the standard 750 milliliters, but are either so wide or so tall that they don't fit into standard storage.
In these difficult economic times, those of us with wine cellars are in a pretty good position to save some money on holiday gifts while making our friends and relatives happy and grateful. Here's how: Delve into your cellar for goodies to give as gifts.
The magistrate investigating makers of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino has cleared some of the wineries he had suspected of using grapes other than Sangiovese. At the same time, without naming names, he has said that 172,000 cases have tested positive for grapes other than Sangiovese.
By coincidence, the first three presentations at the California Wine Experience in New York gave us a quick world tour of Pinot Noir. My colleague Bruce Sanderson started with a Burgundy tasting, followed by columnist Matt Kramer offering tastes of three Pinots from New Zealand, Oregon and the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
Sometimes it's the minor details that make a wining and dining experience satisfying or not. Two dinners this past weekend at a couple of wine-savvy restaurants in New York underline how easily a good-hearted sommelier can tip the balance toward the positive end of the scale, while relatively minor problems with service can take the gloss off a good meal.
Lost amongst the horrifying financial news of the past couple of weeks is a little nugget to gladden some hearts. Americans who like Australian wine and the Australians who sell it are doing some quiet handsprings over an unprecedented realignment of the Australian dollar vis-a-vis our American greenback.
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