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Snooth User: HerrHexenmeister

To the West, where the fire sets...

Posted by HerrHexenmeister, Aug 3, 2008.

A wondrous morning to all!

Though this is my first time posting in the forums, I have been on Snooth for a little while, now, slowly reviewing wines to the best of my limited ability.

I enjoy wine quite a bit, though my palette is uneducated in the art of wine. Also, living behind the Zion Curtain in Utah can make it a challenge to find good wine. You can only buy it at the state-run liquor stores, most of which are staffed by people who know little, if anything, about wine. I once asked where the prosecco was and the lady gave me this dumb look of confusion. Another time I was in search of vermouth and the guy yells across the store, "Hey Bill, do we have bermoof?" The most any of them can do is point out the red and the whites, and forget about discussing food pairings...not gonna happen there.

In spite of all this, however, I keep moving forward and trying what wines I can afford, which is usually limited to those in the under $15 range. The problem is, though, that I'm the only person here who drinks wine. No one else will touch it, and my dad's afraid of it. Thus, a bottle usually goes south before I can finish it, and that's even if I use a vacuum pump thingy to preserve it.

As for my attitude about wine, I'm pretty easy to please. In fact, I'm a lot more picky and even snooty about beer than I am wine. I enjoy tasting beers much as one does wine. They both have such complex flavors, histories, cultures, and communities surrounding them. Just keep the likes of Millers, Coors, Bud, Keystone, or any of those other "beers" away from me. If you're going to drink a beer, *drink a BEER,* none of that over-carbonated water with a hint of flavor. (Bud Light is not beer, it's clydesdale urine!)

What else...oh! I also have a food blog where I like to post my more interesting food creations, thoughts, and photos. Check it out at, or just follow the link in my profile. ^_^

So there you have it, c'est moi!


Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

Tom - welcome!

Its not cheap, but the absolute best way to preserve your wine would be to use one that replaces the oxygen in the bottle with an inert gas (like argon, or nitrogen):

Its $100, and gas refills are $10, but it might make sense, depending on how many bottles go sour on you.

It looks pretty cool too:

Reply by Chris Carpita, Aug 4, 2008.

It appears that the machine works by launching your wine into outer space, where the near absolute zero temperatures keep your wine in suspended animation.

Welcome, Tom! I agree with what you say about beers, although I will drink bud out of a can if it's a party, as opposed to taking a friend's good beers.

Is your pops afraid of all wines, or can you trojan horse a riesling or rose? Summer is a good time for refreshing wine drinks, maybe throw some 2-buck with simple syrup/oj for sangria, and transcend the snooty.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 4, 2008.

Good intro post, Tom -- welcome! Wine has a bit of a head start on beer in terms of pickiness (snootiness?). Is it easier to find fine beer in Utah than wine?

@Philip, that is a hell of a device. Don't know that it would be worth discharging $10 in gas to save a $15 dollar wine, but for high end collectors that's a bargain.

Reply by John Andrews, Aug 4, 2008.

@Philip ... I need one of those ... someone willing to buy me one?

@Tom ... welcome!

@Chris ... ummmm ... Bud!

Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

I dont think you need to use a whole canister per bottle, but perhaps i should check that

Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

120 uses per can - apparently...

You can do the cheap way and just spray the gas into the bottle without the fancy dispenser:

Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 4, 2008.

The Private Preserve stuff works pretty well for the money. It's kind of confusing when you buy it, though, because the gas and can are so light (lighter than air) that it feels empty. It's not, though.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 4, 2008.

120 uses -- At just over 8 cents a bottle that's a pretty sound investment.

Reply by WineGent, Aug 4, 2008.

I would say to pay the small premium and go with some 375ml (Half Bottles). They can usually be special ordered at most stores, or better yet, go on line to find them and have them shipped.. Something very cool about half bottles....even though they are more expensive....

Although the gas works well....i find the canisters seem to leak. Never got 120 uses per can....maybe a third of that....

Half bottles for me....or......single serve the bottle..... Great Blog Tom! Gerry WineGent

Reply by oceank8, Aug 5, 2008.

Welcome! It's hard to be the only one into your beer and wine, that used to be me! Although my family is really into it, my friends were not (heck, my husband didn't drink when we met - he was Mormon). But after hanging with me for awhile, they all drink and have learned to actually enjoy wine. They all ask me to take them with me on my tasting trips each year and my annual trip to Paso in January has gone from just myself to including 8 people for this coming January. Just keep sharing and maybe they will come around

Reply by John Andrews, Aug 5, 2008.

@Oceank8 ... hmmm, maybe I should join you on Paso trip! Sounds like a good time to go!

Reply by oceank8, Aug 5, 2008.

Come on down. It's a great time - not too crowded.

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