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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  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What can you tell me about the aging potential of South American Malbecs and Cabernets? I've bought multiples of some nice bottles recently, and having (really) enjoyed the first, I'm wondering how lo

Posted: June 24, 2005  

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If I open a bottle of good Port wine and don't finish it, how long will the remainder last before its quality diminishes? How should I store it?

Posted: June 22, 2005  

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I have a question about futures. I really want to buy a case of a good 2004 wine in honor of my wedding and store it to drink on anniversaries over the next 12 years. How do normal people buy a case o

Posted: June 21, 2005  

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I recently bought a wine that I have never had before, a Toro from Spain. I noticed that there was mold on the outside of the cork, and the cork was incredibly difficult to remove (it actually crumbl

Posted: June 17, 2005  

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My birthday party includes a wine tasting for eight friends. We'll be tasting a 1964 Château Lafite Rothschild against two other reds. What kind of food (if any) can we eat between tastings?

Posted: June 15, 2005  

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Posted: June 13, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

My wife is expecting the birth of our first child in August. In celebration she wants Champagne. I have a '90 Krug Brut. What is the optimum temperature to serve it at? Reds are easier than whites whe

Posted: June 10, 2005  

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In a recent answer, you mentioned "a fill level (also known as 'ullage') that is consistent with a wine of its age." How does that work?

Posted: June 8, 2005  

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I've read reviews where the terms "cat pee" and "pencil shavings" were used in reference to wine taste. Are we really talking smell here, or do wine critics really know what these things taste like?

Posted: June 6, 2005  

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Is there anything wrong with using a coffee filter to filter cork from wine?

Posted: June 3, 2005  

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I am fairly new to the world of wine. I have discovered that I have made a mistake, and I am hoping that I can correct it. I have been storing several bottles of Champagne in the refrigerator and woul

Posted: June 2, 2005  

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Regarding wines with screw-top closures: Is it better to store these wines upright or on their sides, or does it not matter?

Posted: May 31, 2005  

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The other day my friend and I were discussing the hangover of the wines. The point was, if one wine has more residual sugar than another, the hangover will be stronger? How does this work?

Posted: May 27, 2005  

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I just saw Mondovino, and "micro-oxygenation" was mentioned. Can you explain what that means? Thanks.

Posted: May 25, 2005  

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