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I have purchased Barolo from the recent 2000 vintage. Most of the bottles had a pink DOCG tag that was glued to the capsule. However, I purchased two bottles of Gaja Conteisa, and they did not have th

Posted: October 31, 2005  

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I have been in a few restaurants where the waiter actually rinses the wine carafe with a wine other than the bottle I ordered. I find this is nonsense. Am I wrong? Does this not alter my wine in some

Posted: October 27, 2005  

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I'm planning a trip to Hawaii. Is there any evidence of wine being affected by air travel?

Posted: October 24, 2005  

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I have a bottle of red wine a client gave to me, supposedly given to those traveling with President Bush on a recent trip to Russia. "Saperavi" is the only English on the label. Everything else is ...

Posted: October 21, 2005  

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How do I properly pour older wine to avoid sediment being transferred into a person's glass?

Posted: October 19, 2005  

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My friends and I have an ongoing discussion regarding the correct way to have a vertical tasting. Is it older wine to younger or youngster to old geezer?

Posted: October 17, 2005  

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What's the proper tip on wine you bring to a restaurant when you're paying a corkage fee?

Posted: October 14, 2005  

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Do wine tasters have days where their taste senses seem out of whack?

Posted: October 12, 2005  

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How can "dry" be a definite term when the perception of sweetness varies (sometimes greatly) from person to person?

Posted: October 10, 2005  

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What does the term "first-growth" mean? Is there a second, third, etc.? Is this term related at all to "single-vineyard"?

Posted: October 7, 2005  

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When experts say that a wine has structure for aging, what exactly do they mean? Is this the balance between good tannins and fruit?

Posted: October 5, 2005  

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I love wines from Dunn, especially their Howell Mountain Cab. Since they have a wax seal, opening a bottle can be quite messy, especially the older vintages. The wax seal crumbles everywhere. Shoul

Posted: October 3, 2005  

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Wine reviewers often state when a wine will be best for drinking. This appears to be standardized for the 750ml bottle. Is there a rule of thumb for the percentage decrease in years to ideal drinking

Posted: September 30, 2005  

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I understand that soil plays a major role in a grape's ability to ripen and its ultimate flavor profile. However, I am curious as to what extent soil, itself, manifests as a specific flavor component

Posted: September 29, 2005  

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According to the scores given by Wine Spectator, how accurate is the potential for bottle aging in the wines rated? If a description of a score says that a wine is good from 2005 through 2007, does th

Posted: September 26, 2005  

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I am wondering if it is appropriate to take a bottle of vintage Port to a restaurant and ask them to decant it. The place I am thinking of going already has free corkage, and I would be willing to pay

Posted: September 23, 2005  

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What is the recommended procedure when dining at a restaurant, one orders a '99 wine off their highly touted, detailed wine list and is served an '02? This sort of thing seems to happen more often lat

Posted: September 21, 2005  

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A few years ago on a wine trip in Napa, we were told that you could tell a lot about a wine by the "legs," such as tannins and alcohol content. Recently I've heard that you really can't tell anything

Posted: September 19, 2005  

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Why is it that late-harvest or dessert wines often don't contain as much alcohol as a California Viognier or Australian Shiraz? Is it because the residual sugar is not fermented into alcohol? And if s

Posted: September 16, 2005  

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Are those 50-bottle wine coolers safe for long-term wine storage? They typically have a temperature adjustment but lack a mechanism to control the humidity level. I have read that refrigerators are to

Posted: September 14, 2005  

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