Check out the link below to catch my latest tasting video for The Winery Club with Erika Strum (@strumerika on Twitter) featuring the 2005 Cornerstone Napa Cab. There’s also a pretty aggressive deal on a vertical of their delicious Cabs (2005-2007) that probably won’t be around for long. Enjoy!
For all the ZinHeads out there, you do NOT want to miss this video or this deal! The 2007 Monte Rosso Zin from Charter Oak won a Bay Area Wine Tasting for Milennials (younger wine drinkers) coming in 1st place out of over 730 wines! We are tasting the 2006 in this video but it is no slouch to the 2007. You can check out the video by clicking the link below. They only make a couple hundred cases of this so if you’re thinking about pulling the trigger, do it soon as there won’t be much of this left. Cheers!
Check out the Westchester Wine Guy along with Erika Strum in a tasting video for Wine Enthusiast’s Winery Club featuring the 2006 Persistence Blend from the Reynolds Family Winery. A really complex Bordeaux Blend at a great promotional introductory price! Just click on the link below and enjoy…
Like it or not, The Aerator Age is upon us and it looks like it is here to stay. While the traditionalists may be inclined to fight this trend, there are some valid reasons why this new technology has become all the rage.
Aerators tend to open up wine faster than decanting, and if you are only going to have a glass or two you don’t have to decant the entire bottle. So it brings about the question, do I even need my decanter any longer?
The answer is… it depends. Products such as the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator, Nuance Wine Finer and theRabbit Aerating Pourer have revolutionized wine service. These devices create so much aeration for wine in such a small amount of time that it allows all the bouquet and flavors to come to life within seconds. Because they are either hand-held or fit in right in the neck of the bottle, they are extremely easy to use especially for single glass service. For this reason, you will now find one of these aerators in most tasting rooms. Wineries want you to get the full sensory experience of their top tier offerings, especially since young wines that are big and tannic benefit most from this method.
That being said, not everyone wants to speed up this process. There is certainly something almost sacred about slowly pouring a bottle into a beautifully crafted crystal decanter while holding a candle to it in order to check for sediment, particularly in those older wines that may be a bit more delicate. Better quality wines will also constantly change while in the decanter, an effect you lose when utilizing the ultra fast aerators. It can be quite revealing to smell and taste the wine at different points while it is opening up, as the aromas and flavors can grow deeper and more complex.
So if you are a bit impatient and find the prolonged wait time of decanting just a nuisance, or you like to enjoy your wine one glass at a time, then you are ready for all that The Aerator Age has to offer. But if you are from the school of thought that good things come to those who wait, and believe the process of decanting enhances the entire wine experience, then keep on decanting!
But don’t forget, there is no reason you can’t utilize both options and pour the wine through the aerator into the decanter. This can result in optimal pleasure for those really young, or older, wines that need an enormous exposure to air to exhibit all they have to offer.
As always you can find all of these wonderful Aerators and Decanters at www.wineenthusast.com