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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  

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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  

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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  

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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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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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