Putting a cork in fallacies about wine


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Marcel Morgenstern, administrator of sales and sommelier for PondView and Burnt-out Ship Bay estate wineries in River-on-the-Lake, Ont, is shown in a handout pic. Everyone who enjoys wine has an eye about what distinguishes a favorable wine from a bad, it isn’t the price tag, and if it should be aged or decanted. THE River PRESS/HO

TORONTO — Everyone who real enjoys wine seems to include an opinion about what tell the difference good from bad, if it should be aged or decanted, and how yet price matters in picking up a amiable bottle.

"There’s forever the one family member who drinks no bounteous than two bottles a year and so tells everybody else what they au fait," says Marcel Morgenstern, waiter and director of sales for PondView and Burnt-out Ship Bay Estate Winery in River-on-the-Lake, Ont., adding he’s amazed at the disinformation surrounding wine.

Here are any common wine allegory with advice from Morgenstern and Natalie MacLean, Algonquian-based editor of alcohol review site nataliemaclean.com:


Saga: The "legs" display the quality of the wine.

Reality: The legs, or tears, are the droplets that dribble down the inside of the glass when the text are swirled. The higher the alcohol volume, the longer it takes for them to slew down. This also connect to the sweetness, as more viscous wines Testament have slower droplets.

"I guessing if you determine that the more fuel in the wine the better it is, then that is set. But it does not tell you anything active the flavour profile or quality," hold Morgenstern.


Myth: Lag-bolt-cap wine is cheap.

Gospel: MacLean has sipped a wine-coloured that cost $200 that was bottled covered by a screw cap.

More wine-coloured makers are closing their award wines with screw head covering because there’s no risk of adulterate from a chemical compound titled 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole, or TCA, sometimes institute in the natural cork stopper.

Earliest screw caps were artless, but developments in technology gain made them besides reliable, says Morgenstern.

Boxed-in wine, too, has also been tarnished with the stain of cheapness, but it’s one of the fastest-growing variety in the liquor store.

"What’s impulsive the growth is not low-end wine. It’s premium creator putting their wines in boxes for comfort, for value, because you get a lot more wine-colored for your buck in a box," affirm MacLean.

The bag in the box has an airtight seal so thither’s no danger of oxidation.

"As you pelt it from the spigot, the bag is collapsing some the wine to give it that symbol — very good packaging," maintain MacLean. "Not elegant in any people’s mind, but actually also practical and lighter to carry than the similar 5.25 bottles. The four-l box is the standard."

Wine is furthermore being packaged more regularly in cans and Tetra Paks in that the unbreakable packaging is convenient for poolside or garden party, it’s lighter weight than flask, and leaves less environmental footmark.


Myth: All wine should be decanted.

Truth: The main reason to pour wine-colored into a carafe is to discover it to oxygen to smooth out the tannins, the counted on compounds in red wine that afford bitterness and astringency as well as complication.

Some older red wines and generation port may have Dregs — the natural particulate that can autumn out of wine from grape cutis and colour — and should be decanted cautiously to separate it.

But with young wines, the gall is desirable and there’s no benefit to decanting.

A of age red wine at its peak of drunkenness also doesn’t need to be decanted and aghast with more oxygen. It has already had the o it needs over its lifetime wound up the cork, says MacLean. "It could in truth dissipate and fall apart and you won’t get assorted aromas," she adds.

Morgenstern maintain you can also get the same result from an in-bottleful decanter, which strains Dregs and adds oxygen. It too allows you to pour honest one glass rather than evacuation the whole bottle into a big bottle.


Myth: The cork should be sniffed when the waiter opens the wine.

Fact: This doesn’t instruct a wine’s quality, says MacLean.

But property the cork to ensure it doesn’t fragment isn’t a bad idea. If the cork has Dried apricot out, the wine might be oxidized.


Allegory: Wine improves with age.

Detail: Only a very small portion of wines are crafted for ageing. The rest are meant for consumption near immediately or within the low two to three years of purchase, hold Morgenstern.


Myth: Red alcohol goes with meat and bloodless wine should be consumed with search.

Fact: "The styles of wine-coloured now are so broad, varied and so many wine-coloured-producing regions have advance on board that now we can break the Cud," says MacLean.

The area of food we eat has also changed, resulting in indefinite more combinations.

"I wouldn’t duet a robust Cabernet with a touchy Dover sole, it would conscientious clobber it, but if you’re talking about a River Pinot Noir that’s silklike and medium-bodied and a meaty search like grilled salmon or seared tunny, then absolutely because we’re conversation about weight and strength of savour. That last combination would activity," she says.

"Likewise white wine and meat — if I took a beefy, buttery, oaky California Vinifera and paired it with grilled appropriation chops I think that would effort really nicely."


Saga: Sparkling wine is only for cooking.

Fact: Sparkling wine can be served with any form and pairs with due about every dish.

"It’s got that stream of bubbles so it’s palate cleansing. It’s got counted on acidity that doesn’t sharpness you but still gets your lip watering. It’s not heavy in oak, it’s not heavy in fuel and it’s very refreshing — you upon it chilled," says MacLean.

Canada’s iv major wine regions — B.C., Lake, Quebec and Nova Scotia — shuffling terrific sparkling wine as of their cool climates, enjoy the Champagne region, but cost a splinter group of the French bubbly.

A non-year Champagne will start at almost $50, while top-score sparkling Canadian alcohol is half that, maintain MacLean. Fine specimen of Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Espana can also be had for $15 to $20 a container.


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