Tis the season besties! I get the question all the time of whats the best way to keep your wine fresh well here are a few great gift ideas. We all know someone who likes to open a bottle and leave it opened for week (or months). No judgement here but at least you can help them to keep the wine tasting fresh. These preservation systems willl work on any wine except bubble (unless you're okay with drinking it flat 🤪). All these can be found on Amazon
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Repour Wine Stoppers: $8.99 for a 4 pack
Removes harmful oxygen from your wine. These things are the best and they really work. However, this is something you will have to buy again because it's supposed to be one stopper-one bottle ration. Totally worth it though.
Red Noel Wine Vacuum: $15 for the system
Use as a vacuum to suck the oxygen out of the opened bottle by pumping. Super easy to use and works well to preserve for a few days. Comes with three stoppers so no need to replenish on repeat.
Coravin: Starts at $199
My absolute favorite system. With the Coravin you don't even have to open the bottle! To use just insert the needled into the closed wine bottle and push the lever. It's a very cool device and it's great if you are a collector (or know one) and would like to taste the wine at difference phases. It's a bit pricey but it's def worth it.
I hope this helps. Drop any questions below.
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🍇 GUYOT POUSSARD PART.1- Le origini.
Siamo nella Francia della seconda metà dell'800. Siamo nel periodo in cui la fillossera è arrivata in Europa attraverso gli scambi commerciali con il continente americano. Oltre al combattimento di questo afide, nella zona della Gironde (presso Cadillac) stava per avvenire una nuova scoperta. Un perito della società nazionale dell'agricoltura francese (Reinhold Dezeimeris) scoprì che le viti di una certa età avevano una vigoria molto ridotta rispetto a quelle giovani. Effettuando delle sezioni su alcuni ceppi notò che in prossimità dei tagli di potatura, scendevano delle porzioni di legno morto di dimensione pari o il doppio del diametro del taglio. Ci si sta introducendo verso un nuovo concetto di potatura della vite.
🔜 Part. 2 - Dezeimeris e le prime regole di taglio.
🇬🇧 We are in France at the second part of xix century. The first problems of Phylloxera appeared in Europe. Meanwile in Cadillac, an expert of the national company of french agricolture (Reinhold Dezeimeris) discovered a curious fact about old vines. These showed a very slim vigor compared to the young vines. Dissecting some plants, he discovered that at the level of pruning cuts there were portions of dead wood of the same size, or twice, of pruning cuts. We are introducing ourselves to a new concept of vine pruning.
🔜 Part 2 - Dezeimeris and the first rules of pruning.
WINE AND CULTURE 🍷📖
Question, what's the date on the oldest bottle of wine you have? Did you know that only 1-2% of wines made are structured to age well, most of those being red. I like to test things so last week I opened a 15 year old white wine, a Muscadet. I was so nervous that it had held it too long but it was GOOD however, I was lucky as many white wines do not age well, actually most wines are not meant to be aged.
Truth is, you can cellar anything you want for as long as you want, but the results may not be what you want. Here are a few things to consider when aging a wine:
Aging factors include acid, alcohol, sugar, tannin. For whites that means high acid wines like Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, and Champagnes. For reds this includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo. Also, dessert wines can age forever!
Rose is meant to be drank fresh (usually within 2-3 years) so be mindful of the vintage date.
Chardonnay should generally be consumed within 5 years (with the exception of White Burgundy). Merlot can keep about 3-5 year (Fine Bordeaux exempt)
Malbec will be good for about 5-10 years.
These are general "rules' if you will. It also matters how you like to drink your wine i.e if you like more fruit drink it young but if you like more savory wine let it age a bit. You can also but a case and crack a bottle every few years to taste it at different stages. Nothing is in stone so just use them as guidelines. Happy sipping.