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Friday, April 07, 2006 

Debunking wine myths

In an article in the Chicago Sun-Times this week, Brian Duncan takes some time to debunk a few common wine myths.

Among the myths on the list is the commonly held one that screw-off caps are automatically a sign of a low-class wine.

The makers of Screw|Kappa|Napa (pictured to the left) will no doubt be happy that Duncan debunks that myth, noting that more and more winemakers are moving the screw caps, because among other things you avoid potentially tainted corks.

By the way, I have an open bottle of their 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon. Good stuff.

Among the other myths debunked on the list:
  • You need to decant every wine before you drink it -- or at least open the bottle an hour before serving.

    "Not every wine. The act of pouring a wine begins the process of aerating the wine. Therefore, pouring it into a glass does the same thing that a decanter would do."

  • You should NEVER place red wine in a refrigerator or cooler, but always drink it at room temperature.

    "Red wines are at a disadvantage when served at room temperature. Alcohol is exaggerated at room temperature and makes the wine 'hot,' causing an unpleasant harshness in the throat. Lighter red wines like Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Beaujolais benefit from being served at slightly cooler temperatures."

  • If you can't finish a bottle of white wine the next day or red wine within two or three, you might as well pour it out.

    "Never just pour it out! Buy an inexpensive Vacu-Vin pump & stopper."
Good tips to keep in mind...