A Plan For The Perfect Bottle

Happy Friday,

Life is short. So, stop waiting and drink that special bottle.

Consider this email your permission to splurge and crack open the bottle you’ve been saving.

But, opening expensive or sought-after wine comes with challenges. So, how do you avoid being disappointed by a wine you’ve hyped so much?

Make It About The Wine

Many great bottles have been overshadowed by big events.

Instead of trying to combine the perfect bottle with the perfect evening, opt for Dom and a Thursday.

Pair your 20th wedding anniversary wine with something humble like the table wine you drank in Italy on your honeymoon.

If you’re saving that wine, reserve a space for it to shine.

Remember, Bad Things Happen To Good Wine

We’ve lost a lot of good bottle over the years.

The biggest culprits:

  1. Poor storage conditions
  2. Bad corks
  3. Waiting too long

Remember, life is short! You can always drink wine too early, but you can never drink it too late. Pop that cork.

Have A Back Up Plan

Like I said, something could go wrong with your beloved bottle.

But there’s two things you can do to ease the pain.

1. Buy an extra “insurance” bottle to give you another shot at a great wine. If available, you could buy a large format (1.5L or 3L) which will help wine age slower.

2. Keep some bubbles in the fridge. Inexpensive Champagne. Prosecco. Gin and Tonic. Hell, even a beer, can be the cure all for wine that falls flat.

This Week’s Free-Run Juice

*free-run juice is a wine term for the grape juice that comes from their own weight prior to pressing. These are weekly tidbits that came out from my own wine reading.

If you can’t drink Rosé, you might as well watch someone drink it.

Konstantin Baum is a Master of Wine and runs a heck of a YouTube channel. I really enjoyed his review of this bouquet of Rosés.

And iff you haven’t had Domaine Tempier Rosé, find it and drink it. It’s a splurge-worthy experience.

Through The Glass of Edward Hopper

Speaking of expensive stuff, I’m an absolute sucker for art and wine. But, I try to avoid the snobbery with both.

Edward Hopper is one of my all-time favorite artists. So, I flipped when I saw this tweet.

I was transfixed when I saw how Nighthawks for the first time at the Art Institute. I marveled at how Hopper painted the glass windows.

Hopper and glass…we meet again. But, it looks like I’ll have to settle for the print.

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