5 New Year's Resolutions

5 resolutions that we can try to keep this year


It’s time for some New Year’s resolutions folks, and I’m in the mood to make some for both you and I. Are you ready to start making an investment in wine appreciation in 2013?

Good, so am I, so let’s get at it.

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Taking the Time to Breathe

Well, we should always do that otherwise we’ll get lightheaded, pass out, hit our head on the coffee table, and then be told we must have a drinking problem because all injuries that occur to people who drink wine seem to be the result of some drinking problem. Thanks Mom.

OK, so we have our breathing under control, now let’s let the wine take a few breaths. Wine and oxygen are a match made in heaven. Much like ourselves, wines can gain energy with some deep breathing. Pranayama Yoga for wine, that’s what we need to start practicing. Let your wine breathe a bit, either in a decanter before service, ideal for younger wines, or in the bottle after double decanting.

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Do the Double

Double decant that is. My second resolution for us all is to decant our wines more often. The young ones for vigorous deep breaths, and the old ones to separate the wine from the sediment, which contrary to popular belief can add a muddy note to many wines. Isn’t that appealing?

So why double decant and what the hell is that anyway? Well, it simply means decanting your wine off it’s sediment into some container, then pouring it back in the bottle it came from, after rinsing out that bottle of course. Why do this you ask? Simply to trap some of the volatile compounds, that’s smells and flavors folks, in the bottle after feeding the wine the oxygen it needed to release those complex notes. When you a decant a wine you introduce oxygen, both by aerating it as you pour it into the decanter and through the large exposed surface area of the wine in the decanter. By pouring the wine back in the bottle, or in any bottle for that matter, you introduce the oxygen but minimize the release of the complex volatile compounds saving them for your later enjoyment at the table!

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Glasses, appropriate glasses; we will use appropriate glassware. Yes, there is some truth in the notion that certain glasses work better for certain wines than others, but we all can’t have a cupboard full of glasses. In truth you don’t need that many, one or two should suffice, but do yourself a favor and buy some decent glasses to really get the most out of your wine.

Glasses don’t have to be expensive! There are plenty of decent glasses that sell for between $5 and $10 a stem, just find glasses that are shaped to allow some swirling, have a generous bowl, and thinner lips are always better. Sounds like some freaky personal ad, all we need to add are long walks on the beach and honesty. We all are looking for some honesty.

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I’m going to treat you honestly this year, like I’ve been doing, but now I’m going to ask you to be honest, honest with yourselves. Stop questioning your palate when you buy a highly touted wine and you end up not enjoying it. Who cares? You learned a lesson; whoever was doing that touting maybe is an over-enthusiastic touter, but you're no lesser for it, except the cash you laid out on the bottle of over-rated junk.

We all like and enjoy different things and it’s rare for one person to align consistently with another person when it comes to sensual matters like art, food and wine. Celebrate your individuality, enjoy the diversity of your palate. Critics be damned! Being sometimes a wine critic I probably should not have said that. But we’re being honest right?

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No Mas

OK, here’s some more honesty for you. I’m going to stop buying wine for a year*. My cellar is full, and it’s a mess, so until I have that situation under control I’m out, leaving even more delicious wine for you to buy. But wait, there’s more.

I’m still going to be scouring the internet shopping for wine. After all, the hunt is almost as exciting as the kill. No, I know not really, but I’m coping here so give me some space, would ya? My loss will be someone’s gain as I intend to start publishing a new series of alerts: Wines I did not buy today. I’ll be sharing my best finds with anyone who is interested in listening, and hopefully the year will pass without incident as I work my way through enough bottles to make some room for some new pickups just as the 2010 Barolos are hitting the market. Conveniently my work with the 2010 Burgundy vintage is done so the timing could not have been better!

*I’ll only stop buying wines for the cellar, so don’t be shocked if I have to buy something this year.

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Happy and Healthy

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got. How about you all? Any good wine related resolutions for the new year. Going to learn about a specific region? Try something new? Share more with friends? Write more about wine? Record your notes on Snooth? Oh, I like that one.

Whatever 2013 may bring you, I hope it includes better wine, more fun, health and happiness than we probably deserve.

Drink well my friends!

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  • Snooth User: Honeybells
    214185 94

    I love these resolutions and I definitely need to add some... no ALL of them to my list! Except the cellar one... my supply is not impressive... but if anyone needs help making room in their's so they can buy new bottles, I'll send you my address. ;) Happy New Years Gregory, Snooth team, and fellow wine lovers!

    Jan 02, 2013 at 5:05 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 156

    My ladyfriend makes frothed half and half for her coffee drinks, and the frother, little battery operated device, will stir up a glass of wine and give it a 1/2 inch thick layer of bubbles .... the wine is oxygenated in 30 seconds rather than two hours.

    Jan 02, 2013 at 6:53 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Hey Honeybells. Happy New Year and good luck with everything. Things sound so exciting for you!

    Steve, an interesting idea. Aeration for the impatient!

    Jan 04, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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