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Old 06-02-2005, 07:08 PM
Art Stratemeyer
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Default How do you demostrate the effect of aging wine

One question I often get is "what does wine taste like when it's aged"
... or "why should I try to find a place to store wine for a while"

My standard reply is to tell the person to go out and buy two bottles
of the same, relatively inexpensive red that they enjoy.

Plan for a dinner and on the morning of the that day, open one and
pour it off into a decanter .. or any other container they might have
at hand.

At dinner ... open the 2nd bottle and taste it side by side with the
one opened in the morning.

The changes that they note are an approximation of what they will
experience if they take the time to store a wine.

What other methods would you think of ??

Art Stratemeyer
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Old 06-02-2005, 08:24 PM
Tom S
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"Art Stratemeyer" wrote in message

What other methods would you think of ??

This is going to sound like blasphemy, but open the two bottles at the same
time - _after_ storing one of them in a *warm* place for several months to a
year. Heat accelerates the aging process dramatically. Don't waste a
really good wine on this experiment.

Tom S

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Old 07-02-2005, 05:40 AM
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Get a young wine and an old one of the same maker. There may be vintage
differences, but there's no other way to do it. To avoid vintage
differences, get several young and seveal old ones.

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