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I'd like to know how much I have to worry about TCA in my cellar. I store wine in the crawlspace of my house (generally pretty good conditions), however, I would occasionally like to kill mold with a

Posted: August 15, 2005  

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What is a reviewer saying when he or she refers to a wine as "backward," assuming the term has a standard meaning when used in wine reviews?

Posted: August 10, 2005  

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When I see a non-vintage Champagne rated, how do I know the one I see in the store or the restaurant wine list is the same one?

Posted: August 8, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

I sometimes see in tasting notes comments about a "long finish" or "heat" from excessive alcohol in the back of the throat. If you taste and spit, how can you acquire this information?

Posted: August 5, 2005  

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The usual pairing for a steak is a good red wine. However, I've heard that a strong white wine can go with red meat, but I've never had the heart to try what seems like an odd couple to me. Can you re

Posted: August 3, 2005  

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Over this past winter, my summer house lost electricity, and the temperature went to below freezing for a couple of days. I had several bottles of wine stored in the cellar. The majority of the wines

Posted: August 1, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

You have mentioned that "vibration" is a problem in storing wines. One wall of my cellar is on the same wall as the thru-wall chilling unit (a Breezeaire unit 6 ft. off the floor). There is a "little"

Posted: July 29, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

I recently bought a couple of cases of a low-priced but drinkable California Zinfandel. Two of the bottles had a good deal of sediment and smelled like really strong Port. I ended up pouring those two

Posted: July 27, 2005  

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I have a question about WS ratings. It seems obvious that many wines improve with age. Well, can a wine's rating improve after several years as well, or is this factored into the rating when it

Posted: July 25, 2005  

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Let's suppose you're having a wine dinner where multiple varietals will be consumed. Is there a proper order to drinking the wines? Should I start with the Champagne? Whites before reds? Lighter wines

Posted: July 22, 2005  

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What does garrigue mean?

Posted: July 20, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

As a recent wine enthusiast, I was curious why white wine goblets tend to be smaller than red wine goblets, especially since whites are served colder and would necessarily tend to have their aromas mo

Posted: July 18, 2005  

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A recent visitor to Champagne claims the proper way to store sparkling wine is upright, not on its side. I would like to know the proper way to store both vintage Champagne for cellaring purposes as w

Posted: July 15, 2005  

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The final drip running down the bottle after pouring a glass of wine drives me crazy. I've been told I need to revise my pouring technique. I've tried "twisting" at the end. Nothing helps. Really, is

Posted: July 14, 2005  

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If I can't see the label on the wine bottle, is it OK to ask what wine we are drinking? Or might this be a breach of etiquette?

Posted: July 12, 2005  

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How bad is a day of rough handling for a good bottle of wine? Every time I go to my local wine merchant and buy some really expensive bottles, I worry about how bad the ride home is for them. I fret a

Posted: July 8, 2005  

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Once I have opened a bottle of Zinfandel, do I have to refrigerate it, or can I leave it out—cork in, of course—at room temperature? Are there some wines that can be left at room temperature and some

Posted: July 5, 2005  

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I have seen devices advertised in reputable wine-gadget catalogues that purport to age the wine with just a touch. For example, if you want to know what a wine will taste like in 3 years, touch the d

Posted: July 1, 2005  

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Last night we opened a bottle of high-end '99 Napa Cab. We have a case in the cellar and have enjoyed several in the last six months. The wine was early maturing, with velvety tannins and significant

Posted: June 29, 2005  

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Does malolactic fermentation take place in the barrel or in the bottle? Is it always necessary?

Posted: June 27, 2005  

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