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Friday, September 29, 2006

Two tips and a lesson in delayed gratification

We are back on the subject of box wine again, and while I don't intend to dwell on this, I did just learn two valuable tips. First, from Fly by Night Sailor, who maintains an entire blog devoted to box wine, I have learned that it can make a huge difference if you let a wine breathe. This applies particularly to wines that may be high in tannin. The idea is to introduce plenty of air to the surface. In other words, pour yourself a glass, and then LEAVE IT ALONE for fifteen minutes or so. The second tip comes from master sommelier Alpana Singh, who has just written a book of wine tips. She says that young, inexpensive wines, including red ones, benefit from being chilled. So, after putting the wine in the glass, put the glass in the fridge to let it do its breathing. I may be imagining things, but I really do think this helps!


Blogger holly said...

I am continually impressed by how much you are able to post! I am starting to remember to check each day, so I am adjusting to this blog thing....

I definitely knew about the letting it breath tip, but putting in the fridge is a new one for me...must try that some time.

I am also amazed by how much of Montclair I never see. If I had a blog it would just be me taking pictures of my walk to and from the train station, and maybe a few at Whole Foods. I wish I had time for all of your adventures!

11:01 PM  
Blogger ibby said...

Holly, you could also blog about your new green smoothie habit! That's what I would blog about. I had a bok choy/avocado/mango/orange one for dinner.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Fly by Night here again.

About the chilling tip, really good point! I just read something very recently, can't remember where, but it stuck with me, because it was so simple. You could call it the "Fifteen Minute Rule". Take the white wine out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before you serve it. Put the red wine into the refrigerator 15 minutes before you serve it. Then it will be tempered just about right.

Probably wouldn't work out quite right with a box though, because the mass is greater, and the box is an insulator. You could however use this rule if you decanted.

Fly by Night

9:37 AM  
Blogger holly said...

Well, I guess I could. They are definitely worth blogging about! I was worried that my blender might not be up for the task, but it handled it just fine. Your smoothie combo sounds good! We did also get bok choy and avocado...although no mango...so I might need to improvise on the next one! You were right, though, the green is what makes it so good!

11:11 PM  

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