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November 2010

Serving Temperatures for White Wine

by David on November 30, 2010

The catch phrase is “serve whites chilled”, right? On a hot day, that’s a great idea! But, when you have a special bottle you want to be sure to get what you paid for. If it’s too cold that’s not going to happen. Think about it: when you make a pot of soup you can […]

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5 Tips for Pairing Wine with Chocolate

by David on November 30, 2010

‘Tis the season to be decadent! And what could be more decadent than pairing wine with your chocolate? Warning! It’s not a slam dunk. Most of the time pairing wine and food is really easy  because wine’s structure makes it a natural partner. But, serving dry wine with sweet food takes a little thought because […]

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2 Reasons to Decant Your Wine

by David on November 29, 2010

Most of the time when you decant, it’s for red wine but there’s nothing wrong with decanting white. Reason #1: Because the wine is young. If you splash it into a decanter or pitcher for an hour or so before serving it will make it more expressive – the wine “opens up” and starts talking! […]

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Screw Caps

by David on November 28, 2010

Quick facts: They’ve popped up like mushrooms, mainly because of some problems associated with natural cork (problems that are fading). Of course, they’re also cheap, compared to cork. For wines that don’t improve with age (most whites, rosés and an awful lot of reds) they’re the best seal to keep the wine fresh. The jury […]

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Swirling the Wine

by David on November 27, 2010

As a visitor once asked, when he noticed me swirling the wine, “Are you just showing off?” Well, no, actually. Of the hundreds of compounds in a glass of wine, some are particularly fragrant. Before swirling, they’re contained in the liquid (bound in solution). When you swirl, they’re released as vapor and up comes the “nose”. […]

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The Perfect Wine Glass

by David on November 26, 2010

Shopping for wine glasses? The reason the glasses at wine bars and wineries all look about the same is they’re functional! The ideas is to have a bowl that gives the wine some room to “breathe” with a narrowed opening to capture the lovely aromas that are released so that when you pop your nose in, you […]

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3 Ways to Save Left-Over Wine

by David on November 25, 2010

While it’s hard for us to imagine having any left over wine, EVER, there’s always a first time! Three suggestions: #1: Move the wine to a smaller bottle (the bottle needs to be full to the top). #2: Gas it! Private Preserve is the best-known brand. We sell it – most wine shops do. #3: […]

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Red Wine Stains

by David on November 24, 2010

Tomorrow’s the big day! So, what if Uncle Ralph spills his Syrah on your heirloom lace tablecloth? Or your lovely white carpet? Recommendation #1: Whatever you do, do it immediately! #2: Dab, don’t rub! #3: Two words: Wine Away. Fabulous, effective product. We sell it – everybody sells it (or should)! #4: A little dish soap […]

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Legs

by David on November 23, 2010

As in: “Nice legs on that wine!” What are they? Those driplets that come down the side of your glass. Are they a sign of quality? Nope. If the wine forms noticeable legs rather quickly it has a fairly high level of alcohol. And, that’s neither good nor bad. Alcohol gives “big” wine much of […]

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NVWR® 112 – 2010 Harvest Recap

by David on November 23, 2010

2010 is a year none of us will be able to forget for a very long time. Fortunately for us at Goosecross, this vintage year may very well produce some of the most flavorful wines in our 25 year history! Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of […]

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