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Martin's Inventory Reduction

Posted by Admin on 2004-08-05 18:03:03 (13224 views)

[New Orleans-area]
From David Kenney at Martin's Wine Cellar: "I wanted to let you know about many wines we have on sale this month. There are some higher priced items as well as some lower priced items. Germans, Italians, and others are all on sale. We also have plenty of Burgundy, especially Lucien Lemoine wines. The L.L. 2000's have been reduced to clear-out prices, and the 2001's have been cut to cost almost." Click read more for complete listings.

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The Elements of Tasting Wine

Posted by miles on 2005-05-02 09:31:50 (6054 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
Taste. It seems like such a simple thing. But as we discussed last time, though it is perhaps the simplest sense, it's not simple. What we generally refer to as "taste" is a combination of several intertwined and intermingling factors. Sometimes the combination is really quite simple—just add smoke flavoring and salt in the right proportions to texturized vegetable protein, and voila! --fake bacon bits for your salad. Other flavors, luckily (or unluckily, if you love food a little TOO much), can be a complex and wonderful combination so multifaceted, the conscious mind gives up on distinguishing them and just squeals with delight. Such is the case with wine.

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Some TNs for Champagne

Posted by perle0 on 2005-12-30 11:50:06 (3557 views)

[Sparkling]
[Champagne]
In celebration of the New Year, you might want to check out a few tasting notes for Champagne and other sparkling wines.

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An Italian Prince's Cellar Rediscovered

Posted by perle0 on 2004-12-29 12:08:15 (2983 views)

[Wine talk online]
An eccentric Italian prince made amazing wine from humble grapes from just after WWII until 1995, when he ordered his vines pulled up.

Recently his cellar of 14,000 bottles was given to an Italian wine writer on the condition that he make sure they were dispersed properly, and the world rediscovered Fiorano wine only after it had stopped being made.

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Wine Porn

Posted by perle0 on 2004-09-03 00:02:05 (3209 views)

[Web Links]
[Wine talk online]
Don't worry, it's okay for the kids...I think. What is wine porn? Why, a visual sharing of your wine fantasies and desires, of course. Especially the ideal...the unattainable...that beauty you may never actually be able to possess in real life.

You, too, can create your own amateur efforts and post a link here. Do it! You know you want to....

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How Does It Smell?

Posted by perle0 on 2007-07-03 12:42:35 (2784 views)

[Wine talk online]
[USA]
A new TV show, Creature Comforts, by the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, takes interviews with regular people across America, then pairs the audio with its claymation animals and insects for humorous effect (and the occasional touching moment).

What does this have to do with wine, you say? You'll have to watch the video to find out. Let's just say you may look at the either wine tasting or dog's butts in a new way.

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Removing a cork from a bottle?

Posted by Mike P. on 2009-03-25 10:29:02 (5243 views)

[Wine talk online]
Ever wondered if you could remove a stuck cork inside a wine bottle easily? The answer is yes and there's a neat trick to it.

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Water with Your Wine?

Posted by perle0 on 2005-10-03 18:20:59 (39364 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
[USA]
Adding water to your wine is almost as old as wine itself. The Romans and Greeks would have never considered drinking wine without adding water first; in fact, they considered it guache behavior on a par today with chugging Night Train out of a paper bag. Even in mediterranean countries today, wine mixed with water is considered a proper beverage for the family's children, with less water being added as the child grows older. Few of us in the U.S. want water in our wine, though. What we don't know is that much of the time, we're getting it anyway. And yet we should probably be thankful that we're getting our wine watered down for us.

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The Miracle of Fermentation

Posted by perle0 on 2007-01-23 12:55:07 (4678 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
In the early days of human existence, food was a daily challenge. When one meal ended, the search for the next was immediately underway. The most reliable form of food preservation, in those days, was eating as much as you could when food was available, in hopes of storing up a bit of fat for the lean times. (Sadly, our instincts remain the same even when the fat storage has become less of a benefit and more of a health hazard.) Food, especially animal products like milk or meat, could be kept for only the shortest period of time before spoiling. Under those circumstances, the constant daily struggle for nourishment kept people occupied pretty much 100% of the time. The few windows--for example, the few hours after gorging on a fresh kill--might be devoted to little luxuries like storytelling or dancing, but then again, they might be devoted to sharpening the spears for the next go-round.

The key to more leisure time--and all the things that leisure time allows, such as invention, culture, art, literature, settlement--rested in two vital developments. First, domestication of animals and cultivation of crops gave humans a more steady, reliable food source. But even that steady food source was subject to the need for long-term storage. If you harvest your grain once a year, you need a way to keep it edible during the rest of the year, or you’re pretty much right back where you started.

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The Neglected Senses of Wine-Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2005-02-09 23:53:57 (5023 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
If you enjoy every sensory aspect of a wine, it's that much more enjoyable. So strive to appreciate wine with all your senses…sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Sound is the only one that rarely makes it into a tasting note, because wines generally sound the same as each other. But you should still make sure to appreciate that gleeful gurgle in a pour, that almost inaudible drip of the last drop going into a glass, that faint swish as you twirl a red in need of breath around in your decanter to aerate it better, and for sparkling wines, that delicate hiss of the bubbles streaming to the surface. It will enhance your experience, and prime your ears for the witty conversation or lovely music that will hopefully follow the sounds of wine.

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Posted by miles on 2004-09-16 21:36:48 (11648 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
One of the first things to consider when tasting a wine is its appearance. It's rare nowadays to find a wine whose looks tell you much. At one time, a dull, cloudy wine might reveal a badly-made wine; now most winemakers use modern techniques that prevent visible problems. But it could happen, so we keep considering it as a factor. Besides, it's fun. Wine is pretty, so it's pleasant to look at, especially if the color is one of your favorites. And you can get clues about the grapes and the wine from the color, although those clues tend to be read mainly by people with more wine experience than your humble narrator.

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Making Wine the Old-Fashioned Way

Posted by perle0 on 2004-10-22 00:45:46 (6553 views)

[Wine talk online]
A winemaker in California makes his wines the old-fashioned way--like the ancient Greeks, Romans, and medieval Europeans.

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Kermit Lynch Wine Tasting June 1

Posted by perle0 on 2006-05-11 11:13:10 (3538 views)

[New World]
[New Orleans]
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Tasting
Thursday, June 1, 2006
6:30pm
$35.00 per person

At Purveyor of Fine Wines
1040 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

This one sounds like a good one...check out the list of wines!

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On Wine and Hurricanes

Posted by perle0 on 2006-01-19 13:07:10 (5217 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
[Louisiana]
(or, A Tale of Two Cellars)

How are wine and hurricanes related? Well, for openers, hurricanes are A LOT stronger. You can easily drink two glasses of wine, but drink two hurricanes, and you're in danger of passing out. Oh, you meant the storm, not the Pat O'Brien's drink?

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Introducing the Pedestrian Wine-Drinker

Posted by perle0 on 2004-08-28 20:17:40 (5462 views)

[The Pedestrian Wine Drinker]
First let's clear something up right away. This column is NOT about drinking pedestrian wines. Life's too short to drink pedestrian wine. No, it's the wine-drinker who is pedestrian. The Pedestrian Wine-Drinker (PWD for short) is just a commonplace wine-lover, an ordinary peon, one who slogs through the wine world on foot, rather than soaring above the crowd on wings of special wine knowledge and ability.

The PWD is a column devoted to wine. It appears regularly on LaWineClub.com, a local community website devoted primariy to wine tasting notes written by you and me--the only real experts on wine as far as you and I are concerned.

Let's dive right in then, shall we? Perhaps the best place to start is to answer the question, what the heck is a tasting note, anyway?

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