Are you saying you did the Shiraz the first time around and weren't impressed?Nice to hear from fellow Bluenosers - I also passed on the Trio Blanca & SA Shiraz since they didn't excite me the first time around. I am getting the Pacific Quartet ( very nice 1st time) and the Verdot & Brunello - haven't tried these two but looking forward to them
Yes, I made the Shiraz before and unfortunately didn't degass it well and it has been disappointing - I still have a couple of bottles. I believe I was at fault, not the wine. At the LE tasting last fall the commercial equivalent for this one was outstanding and I was tempted, but I can only afford so much and I'm getting 3 LE's and 3 RQ's so that will do me for the year.Are you saying you did the Shiraz the first time around and weren't impressed?
No, this is the first I've heard of that - I'll have to check into it. The first LE I'm getting is the Petit Verdot, the Feb kit.If you ordered 3 of the LE's did you receive a Vinturi wine aerator?
I got mine when I picked up the first of the three LE kits that I ordered. The local retailer said it was Winexpert that was giving them away not just the local shop.
Thats strange because I specifically asked my retailer if it was theirs or Winexpert's incentive and they told me it was Winexpert's not theirs.I contacted WineExpert about the aerator and they informed me that this would be a retailer incentive and not through WineExpert directly. I asked my retailer but have yet to get a response. They make a separate one for reds and whites?
One of the things that I've been putting into the talk is a plug for the Vinturi wine aerator. Some of Winexpert's authorised retail partners are offering it as a bonus item for people who order five kits. That might seem like a lot of wine kits even for a lovely wine gift like that, but they're a special case. Not only are they handsome and well-made, unlike a lot of gadgets I've seen as giftware over the years, they actually fulfil a useful purpose.
The biggest issue wine made from our juice and concentrate kits have has nothing to do with the raw materials, our winemaker or the practices of the folks who make them, either in on-premise operations or on their own at home. It has to do with age. Almost all commercial wines have a full year of age when you see them on the wine shop shelf. There are some exceptions, like Beaujolais Nouveau, but they pump that stuff so full of chemical stabilisers and gum Arabic and sugar that it's not really wine, more of a 'wine-like beverage'. Blech!
Very few consumer winemakers age all of their wines for a full year before tasting them. Not that I can argue that as a purveyor of products: steady turnover is what keeps me in cheese sandwiches and coach-class airline tickets. Wine is a living beverage, even after bottling it continues to go through biochemical processes that profoundly change its flavour, aroma and appearance, sometimes so much so that it seems to completely transform the wine from a pleasant but thin and light beverage into a lush, rolling blockbuster of flavour and richness. I swear, I hear about it every single day, when folks find a two year-old bottle they've forgotten and try it.
Now, there's one thing that can help a very young wine out if you are having a wine-related emergency and need to crack that month-old Shiraz (these things happen), and that is aeration. By getting some air into the wine it can drive off some reductive compounds (essentially sulphur-based compounds in the wine) and let the wine 'open up' to express more character and aroma. Traditionally the way to aerate wine is to decant it into a glass or crystal decanter with a wide base, to expose the maximum surface area of wine to oxygen exchange.