The best place to store wine is….not under the oven!

…Say no more:

212-30 27-2-04 Jaisalmer

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A few quick reviews today from Le Vigne and Wine Exchange Asia (great new website by the way!)

2007 / PlanB! / Frankland River / Tempranillo Viognier / $35.90 cash & carry at Le Vigne – Gets 86 pts from Wine Advocate which translates to “very good” in their lingo and they say you can safely drink until next year. Retails at A$21 so it’s a good price. ♥♥♥♥

2009 / Brygon Estate / Bin 888 / Margaret River / Cabernet Sauvignon / $45 or $40 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – Gold at the 2010 Qantas Wine Show and 94 pts from James Halliday, drinking for another 8 years. RRP of A$17 so the price is fair. ♥♥♥♥

2001 / Katnook / Odyssey / Coonawarra / Cabernet Sauvignon / $85 at Wine Exchange Asia – I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of this wine. There are some wines (Grant Burge Meshach for example) that fall outside my palate zone despite being highly rated by others, and the Odyssey is one of those wines. Rated 96 by Halliday (but 90 by Jeremy Oliver), I’d drink it now rather than sit on it any longer. Buy a bottle, try it, and if it sings for you, you know where to find it. Initially retailed for A$100 but S$85 looks about right for this wine right now. ♥♥♥♥♥

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WINE STORAGE 101 – er, how not to do it (unless it’s cooking wine)

Wine storage

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“…vignerons agree that the place for wine is deep in the mouth, not on the vintage charts. When the verbal tilts are over, and the adjectives unscrambled, any man with normal tastebuds must concede that the wines of Australia are among the purest forms of liquid pleasure in the world.” – Wine Talk, by Mrs Rada Penfold Russell, Penfolds Advertising Director approx 1978

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Wine quotations

"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

“The unexacting palates of the masses…are content to ask no question [on origin] so long as a florin or half-a-crown will purchase a roomy flagon of strong , full-bodied, fruity wine” – CE Hawker writing in 1907

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