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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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In one of your responses to a question, you suggested that a wine that didn't taste well might be "going through a 'dumb' phase." Can you explain what this means in more detail?

Posted: September 12, 2005  

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My friend who has lived in Europe for many years is convinced the same wine in Europe tastes different than the imported one in the U.S. Is there any truth to his claim?

Posted: September 9, 2005  

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