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Just press the “Winebreather” onto the top of an open bottle of wine and flip it over so that the wine pours into the decanter.  Then you can either serve the wine from the decanter, or flip it back over and pour the wine back into the original bottle.

Those Danes are certainly creative.

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A lovely narrative and a thorough description of how to decant. <link>

So what is decanting? Decanting is a process of carefully moving (pouring) wine from its vessel (typically the bottle) into a decanter. A decanter can be a glass pitcher or carafe. Many wine masters believe the best decanter has a long neck and wide bottom surface area, almost the opposite of a wine bottle. These features better allow oxygen to reach the wine for a more smooth, mellow finish.

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Cocaine

Decanter is reporting that liquid cocaine has been found in Bolivian wine <link>. That’s an aftertaste that will last on the tongue.

“The discovery of liquid cocaine in bottles of Bodegas Kohlberg wine has shocked the owners of the 40-year-old winery in northern Bolivia. The narcotic was found during a drugs inspection by customs officers in Bulgaria, at the port of Varna-West.

Wines from Vinos Kohlberg are normally exported from Bolivia via the Chilean port of Arica. The discovery of liquid cocaine in bottles of Bodegas Kohlberg wine has shocked the owners of the 40-year-old winery in northern Bolivia. ”

Not as shocked as the unsuspecting drinker.

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Missed this tasting. Darn. Here are the wines <link>:

SPARKLING & WHITES
1. Taittinger, Prélude Grands Cru NV
2. Taittinger, Brut 2002
3. Heidsieck & Co Monopole Silver Top 2002
4. Veuve Clicquot 2002
5. Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Millésimé 1999
6. Domaine Sigalas, Barrel Fermenented, Santorini 2007
7. Biblia Chora Estate, Ovilos, Pangeon 2007
8. Rabl, Schenkenbichl Riesling, Kamptal 2007
9. Pazo de Señorans, Selección Añada, Rias Baixas 2003
10. Terredora, Greco di Tufo ‘Terre degli Angeli’, Campania 2007
11. Spy Valley Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2007
12. Viña San Pedro, Reserva Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2007
13. Lomond, Pincushion Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2007
14. Elgin Vintners, Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin 2007
15. Tokara, Stellenbosch 2006
16. Glen Carlou, Chardonnay, Paarl 2007
17. Peter Lehmann, Reserve Riesling, Eden Valley 2002
18. Peter Lehmann, Margaret Semillon, Barossa Valley 2002

REDS
19. La Châsse du Pape, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2007
20. Domaine de le Baume, La Jeunesse, Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2007
21. Domaine Arguti, Le Grand A d’Arguti, Côtes Du Roussillon Villages 2006
22. Château Rouquette sur Mer, L’Absolu, Coteaux du Languedoc 2007
23. Château Estoublon, Cuvée Mogador, Baux-de-Provence 2005
24. Cave de Tain, Marks and Spencer, Hermitage 2005
25. Marchesi di Gresy, Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2001
26. Cascina Bongiovanni, Pernanno, Barolo 2004
27. Michele Chiarlo, Cerequio, Barolo 2004
28. Tenuta L’Illuminata – La Morra, Tebavio, Barolo 2004
29. Podere Sapaio 2005
30. La Spinosa, Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2005
31. Bodegas Peique, Seleccion Familiar 2004
32. Iñaki Nuñez, Pago de Cirsus Selección, Navarra 2003
33. Bodegas Pinord, 7, Priorat 2005
34. Bodegas Castillo de Sajazarra, Digma, Rioja 2004
35. Kanonkop, Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2004
36. Engelbrecht Els, Proprietor’s Blend, Stellenbosch 2005
37. Kanonkop, Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch 2004
38. Buitenverwachting, Christine, Constantia 2003
39. Elgin Vintners, Shiraz, Elgin 2006
40. Cederberg, Shiraz 2006
41. Viña Falernia, Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley 2006
42. Philip Shaw Wines, No 17 Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange 2006
43. Philip Shaw Wines, No 5 Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange 2006
44. Vasse Felix, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2005
45. Glaetzer Wines, Anaperenna, Barossa Valley 2006

SWEET WINES
46. Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia 2002
47. Patricius Winery, Tokaj 5 Puttonyos, Aszú 2002
48. Harveys Fine Old Amontillado Sherry
49. Bodegas Hidalgo, Palo Cortado Wellington (Vos), Sherry
50. Carlo Pellegrino, Passito Di Pantelleria, Sicily 2007
51. Bodegas Hidalgo, Pedro Ximénez Triana, Sherry
52. Cockburn’s, 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV
53. Ramos Pinto, 30 Year Old Tawny Port NV
54. Taylor’s 40 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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This appeared in my RSS reader from SwissMiss and Bad Banana. Thanks.

A very classy way to aerate a red wine. Here’s the designer and you can buy one here.

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Just cos I could I decided to run a third experiment using RSS – it’s simply brilliant (RSS that is). I set out to see how much wine-related information I could aggregate from around t’Internet.

I got the idea from del.icio.us (which I think is fabulous). You see I have a “wine” subscription on del.icio.us which sends me all the links that people tag with “wine”. So I took an RSS feed and put it into wordpress. Then I went off into the wine world to see what feeds I could find. Heaps or should that be vats.

  • eRobert Parker wine of the day
  • Wine Spectator – Headlines, Daily Picks, Blog Posts
  • Decanter News
  • Berry Bros & Rudd Fine Wine Blog
  • Cork’d’s most popular

I also got a feed out of Flickr of all the photos tagged “wine”.

Separately I have Google alerts for wine. I don’t think they offer RSS. I’ll check. Maybe I’ll use them as a link blog in the body of the page along with my own thoughts on wine (currently on The Displaced Kiwi) . Watch this space.

I suspect I have just created another Internet backwater. But as before I’m having fun. If wordpress would let me have more that nine RSS feeds I’d fill it up; there is heaps of content just waiting to be aggregated. (I’m becoming Newsgator)

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