Happy New Year! OTSB
It's hard to believe that another year has gone by. All the parties,
celebrations and holidays all came and went with a blink of an eye.
As I reflect back on the holidays at our house, I think about the great
times I had with friends and family. I also think about the great wines
that we drank. I tend to wait for special occasions to bring out "The
Good Stuff". Magnums, double magnums, older vintages, wines purchased
at the wineries or on overseas vacations.
This brings up an interesting point. Why do most people wait for the
holidays to open that special bottle of wine? How many times have we
kept that special bottle of wine too long, only to have it disappoint
us when we serve it? With that being said, why not make promises to
ourselves to open that special bottle more often.
Even with a wine storage storage unit or wine cellar, 1-2% of
bad. Usually, a bad cork is the culprit. More and more winemakers are
making their wines to be consumed early, so
wines that can age for
a long time are becoming the exception rather than the rule. I have a
new rule in our house. If I am aging wines, I will try not to store a
wine longer than 10 years. That way, I have less changes of the wine
coming tainted, and, I make room for new wines to go into the cellar.
Too often, I have kept wines too long, only to be disappointed the the
wine has gone "over the hill". The wine has gone flat, lacking fruit
flavors, or even getting oxidized.
I wish all my readers a safe and sound New Year and hope that you
started it with that special bottle of wine, or bubbly, and remember,
OTSB.... Open that special bottle!
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