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Snooth User: Mia B Wenzel-Hill

Gifting 20 year old bottle of wine - dust before i place in bag or leave?

Posted by Mia B Wenzel-Hill, Oct 4, 2013.

thoughts?

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Reply by outthere, Oct 4, 2013.

I guess it depends on now geeky your giftee is. Personally I would dig a layer of dust on the bottle. Shows it's been sitting undisturbed for many years.

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Reply by EMark, Oct 4, 2013.

If I was the recipient, I would graciously accept what sounds like a very thoughtful gift any way it was presented.  I have to say, though, that my preference would be for it to be dust free.  If it was dust covered, I would stick it under running water from the kitchen sink once I could do so privately.  It's not patina, it's dust, or, to pick another name for it, dirt.

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Reply by EMark, Oct 4, 2013.

That's what you get, Mia.  Two equally honest answers that seem opposite.

:-)

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 4, 2013.

The dust is certainly a sign it hasn't been moved, although it's no guarantee that it was otherwise stored properly.  I wouldn't run it under water, but I usually wipe my bottles with a cloth (rag, really, but it's wine talk here--everything is elevated, even a humble rag) before bringing them into the house because I don't want dust in the wine.  Here's an idea: Take a picture of it in dusty state and print that or send it at the same time you give the bottle. 

Three posts, three answers!

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Reply by GregT, Oct 4, 2013.

Would you give anything else covered with dust? Maybe if the wine came out of a cave or ancient cellar, that would be something but if it's just from a basement cellar that got dusty I'd clean it. In the same way, I'd offer a guest a clean plate if I served dinner, rather than take one out of the sink.

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Reply by edwilley3, Oct 4, 2013.

Dust free, here. If I were **selling** some rare old wine I might leave the dust on it before the sale. But once it's home, get rid of it. Think about it this way: The donee might think you were just a cheap jerk who grabbed the oldest wine off the remotest shelf.

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Reply by jamessulis, Oct 10, 2013.

Clean it up, the label should speak for itself


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