The anticipation of opening a decade-old Chardonnay or even one that is recently released is enhanced by serving the fine wine with just the right menu selections. The tasting notes of the particular bottle of Chardonnay you are drinking can vary widely, including the added …
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There are countless reasons to love wine. There’s nothing else quite like it. The aroma, the terroir, food pairings, and wonderful variety are all part of the wine experience. Some say one of the beauties of wine is that you can travel the world through …
Wine drinking is a pleasure and wine collecting a joy, but the fun and games are over when someone who shouldn’t sneaks into your wine cellar. Yours doesn’t have to be a cache of the world’s most expensive wines to be a collection others covet or find to be an irresistible curiosity. A security system comes standard with custom wine cellars from Rosehill Wine Cellars, and every wine cabinet should be secured under lock and key. The following are two good reasons to keep your wine in a locked wine cabinet or a secured wine cellar.
The kids, of course
Some parents have the opinion that allowing children to sip wine or other forms of alcohol when they’re young will prevent alcohol abuse later on. Unfortunately, studies don’t support this argument. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. A child who is allowed to taste alcohol at age 10 is much more likely than other kids to have a drinking problem by age 14.
All of the health experts agree that alcohol and kids don’t mix. Children can’t handle the short-term effects of drinking, and the long-term health risks are serious.
Children are no dummies. They see how much adults enjoy decanting, swirling, smelling, and drinking wine. Parents do well to have a discussion with children, to help them realize the importance of saying “no” to alcohol until they reach the legal age—and then, it’s important to drink responsibly.
When you have friends over, there could be someone in the crowd who gets so tipsy they excuse themselves for nabbing a bottle or more for themselves from your wine cabinet. This is just a bad idea, and it’s a good reason to keep up with the bottles you’re storing. You don’t want to reach for that perfect bottle of Cabernet one day and discover that it has been removed. Besides, real friends don’t steal friends’ wine. Be careful who you invite over for a wine and poker party.
There is so much to enjoy about wine, it’s not hard to forget that there are many serious reasons to keep your collection under lock and key. A secured cellar or wine cabinet is the best way to avoid any of these potential problems. Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for a locked wine fridge, locking wine cabinet, or a custom wine cellar with a locked door and a security system.
Wine cellars are awesome, to anyone with an appreciation for wine. Wine must be stored “just so,” and wine cellars are the best places to create that specific environment. Once the decision is made and you’re going to have a wine cellar built, call Rosehill …
If you are a wine lover going on a health kick, which type of wine should you stock in your wine cellar? One glass of wine equals 5 ounces of nectar produced from grape vineyards. The following is health information to help you choose between …
After Bordeaux wines have reached their peak in the right conditions in wine cellars, care should continue to be taken, to ensure optimal flavor and aroma. Recommendations for decanting of new wine were included in the last post of this series. Decanting of older wine differs. Less time is needed to allow the wine to breathe. Removing sediment is one of the important reasons to decant wine. Prior to opening the bottle with a cork puller (not a cork screw), stand it upright for several hours. This allows the sediment to settle. Next, position a white towel under the bottle, to improve visibility of the bottle’s contents. Finally, simply and carefully pour the wine as the sediment remains in the bottom of the wine bottle. Stop when sediment mixed with the wine begins pouring out. Allow oxidation and oxygenation for a couple of hours at most.
Temperature for Serving Bordeaux Wines
The temperature at which you serve Bordeaux wines is as important as storage temperatures. For red Bordeaux wine, correct serving temperatures are 61°to 64°; for white Bordeaux, 43° to 47°; for Sauternes, the correct serving temperature is 50°.
Serving Glass for Red Bordeaux Wines
Did you know that there are different sizes and shapes of wine glasses for specific purposes? The enjoyment of your Bordeaux is directly affected by the glass you drink it out of, but there are really no set rules for choosing a glass. Known for complex bouquets with many aromas, red Bordeaux, however, is best served in a glass with a large open bowl at bottom that tapers slightly at the top. This maximizes the presentation of aromas to the nose.
Tips on Foods to Serve with Bordeaux Wines
There are some generalities that can be applied to any dish served, to choose the perfect Bordeaux wine. One reliable approach is to match food and wine that both have the same strength and potency of flavor. Bordeaux wines are actually quite versatile. Judge by how the wine feels in the mouth and how tangy it tastes and match the strength of flavor to similar strength of flavor in foods. In general, red Bordeaux is widely favored as the wine of choice with steak. White Bordeaux is a favorite for pairing with light-bodied, delicate flavors such as oysters and trout.
Be sure to check out the other three segments in this series on Bordeaux wine on the Rosehill Wine Cellars site. Remember that Bordeaux has many excellent vintages for storage in wine cellars.