Posts Tagged ‘box wine’

Drunken Badger & boxed wine part III

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

In what has to be one of the funniest/most bizarre alcohol related news stories I have read in a WHILE, a drunken badger was passed out DRUNK in the middle of a road in Germany.

(who knew badgers were substance abusers?)

Apparently the badger got his paws on a batch of overripe cherries that had begun to ferment, turning its natural sugars into alcohol. I wonder what Mr.  badger thought of  the Cherry wine.  I’ll have to get his tasting note 😉

On an unrelated note, as promised, I revisited the boxed Chardonnay tonight for the 3rd time, 15 days after opening it for the first time.

Folks, it is real simple, oxygen can be a wine’s best friend and worst enemy.  A just opened bottle of wine can benefit from some (controlled) exposure to oxygen.  Decant it, swirl it in your glass…whatever – it helps!

But, PROLONGED exposure to oxygen and your wine will oxidize and become unpleasant & medicinal.

The Andes Peak Chardonnay, 15 days after being opened, and stored in its oxygen free packaging in the refrigerator, is still ALIVE & WELL!

It seems to have lost some of its youthful freshness.  And this was not the most complex/exciting wine to begin with.  But it is STILL drinking very nicely, showing toasty, citrus & melon aromas and flavors.

Part IV to follow next week.

Coming soon, my review of the William Fevre Chablis tasting I enjoyed with my wine tasting group last night.

Beware of drunken badgers & Happy 2 week old boxed wine tasting!


Andes Peak boxed wine – part II

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

It is one week since I opened up this boxed wine and I went in for wine tasting #2.  My mini-Manhattan style refrigerator is space-challenged, so while it was kept in the fridge, it was not kept in the vertical position as instructed on the side of the box.  But hey, to heck with instructions.

So, what did I think of the wine???…

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It was pretty darned good.  As a matter of fact, looking at my old tasting notes I think I found it to be an EVEN BETTER wine tonight.

The nose opened up a bit showing toasty & citrus notes.  While on the palate I found that the tart-bitterness mellowed a bit and it had nice vanilla and melon flavors.  Same crisp, pleasant finish.  And NO SIGNS OF OXIDATION.

Nice job!

Part III, coming soon…

Happy week old boxed wine tasting!