Featured Wine Events

Saturday, November 7th, 2009:

Weekender Wine Tasting – Woodstone Creek Winery – 1:00-5:00 PM

Friday, November 13th, 2009:

Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival – Jungle Jim’s – 7:00-10:00 PM

Saturday, November 14th, 2009:

Taste of the World Wine & Beer Festival – Newport Aquarium – 7:30-11:00 PM

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  • October 15th, 2009

    Getting Your Wine to Taste Its Best

    With just a few basic principles and a minimal investment at most, you can make sure every bottle you open at home is set up to taste its very best.

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    Three things can affect how your wine tastes: light, temperature and air. Fortunately these variables are fairly easy to control with just a little bit of knowledge around storage, aeration, serving temperature and stemware to use.

    Storage
    In general you should keep your wine stored in a dark location at a constant temperature, away from sunlight and other direct light. Because most wine is consumed within a couple of days after purchasing a small wine rack away from any direct heat or light should do the trick. For longer term storage a cool location with a constant temperature (around 55 degrees is ideal…underneath basement stairs is a great option) becomes more critical to preserving your wines.

    For the short term, thought, keep your wine away from light and under 70 degrees.

    Aeration
    Air can be your wine’s greatest enemy as too much can lead to oxidation and very unappealing looking and tasting wine. On the flip side just the right amount of air can go along way in opening up your wine to reveal its intended aromas and flavors. Aeration is especially important for young wines which happen to be many of the wines you will purchase from Cincinnati-area winemakers. There are several aeration methods:

    Traditional: Use of an aeration funnel and a decanter is the most commonly used method of aerating wines. A decanter is a vessel, usually a glass bottle with a wide opening, for holding and serving wine. The aeration funnel combined with the increased surface area of the decanter allows for more efficient aeration. Decanters also provide the added benefit of separating occasional sediment from the clear wine.

    Modern: Innovative wine aerator design and even electric aerators can speed up the aeration process.

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    My favorite little gadget is the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator. It has a super sleek design and is perfect for individual glass pours. In my opinion you should taste a noticeable difference.

    Old School: If you’re not in a hurry you can always glass aerate by simply letting the wine slowly aerate in your glass.

    Serving
    There are two key things to think about when serving your wine: temperature and stemware.

    Temperature is easy, right? Reds at room temperature, whites chilled. WRONG! It’s not quite that simple. Contrary to popular belief you will most likely need to chill your reds just a bit, and potentially not chill your whites so much. Below is a great wine-chilling guide from Wine Spectator I have found extremely helpful.

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    Surprisingly enough, stemware can also influence wine quite a bit, including sight, aroma and taste. According to Wine Spectator, many wines glasses are too small, and a few are too large. In general, they say, a good red wine glass will have a capacity of at least 12 ounces. The stem of the glass should also be long enough so your hand does not come in contact with the bowl, which will warm the wine.

    Armed with this information we hope you begin getting a bit more enjoyment out of your wine at home. Now go pour a glass!

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