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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.



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.

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.

Reply by EMark, Oct 4, 2013.

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


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!

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.

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.

Reply by jamessulis, Oct 10, 2013.

Clean it up, the label should speak for itself

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