Originally posted by gigabit:
Originally posted by GregT:
Here are some recent items:
"Corks are the only way to seal really good wine because the wine breathes through the cork."
"California is so hot that all the wines are sweet. You can't drink them with food."
"Have you ever had Edmund St. John's wines?" "No! I'm not going to drink some over-ripe, over-extracted crap from California."
"France makes the best wine. Don't get anything else."
"Shiraz was brought to France by the Crusaders. It's originally from Persia and the Persian kings used to drink it."
"Grenache is native to France. They try to grow it other places too, but it doesn't do very well."
"Never store wine in the fridge for more than a day or so. You'll dry out the cork."
"You'll be surprised at how different your wine will taste from different glasses."
I would now like you to edit in your replies to each of these statements. Please feel free to use sarcasm.
Hah!! No joke, this happened to me today:
I found a pretty good price on some bottles of '07 Pontet-Canet last night at a large retailer, so I scooped up a few. I popped one not long after I got home, with the intentions of following the wine over a couple of days. I could tell immediately that the wine was badly corked. Just for my own piece of mind, I left it in the decanter in case it was a funk that would blow off. Low and behold, nope...corked.
Today, I brought the bottle & its contents back to the store to swap it out. Keep in mind, by this point, the wine smells like a piece of wet newspaper that was used to clean a moldy shower. I kid you not, this is conversation that followed.
Me: "Hi, I just spoke to you on the phone about swapping out this corked wine."
Sales Dude: "How do you know it's corked?"
Me: "Smell it. Doesn't it smell like a musty, wet newspaper to you?"
Sales Dude: "That's how Pontet smells. If you swap another bottle, it'll smell the same."
Me: "No. That's how a corked bottle of Pontet smells. I'm a big fan of the producer, and have enjoyed quite a few bottles."
Sales Dude: "Well, every bottle of French wine I have had, has that smell."
Me: "Have you ever had a bottle of Pontet-Canet?"
Sales Dude: "Well...no. But, they all smell about the same."
Me: "So, you're saying that every French wine you have had, and even the one's you haven't tried smell like a musty newspaper?"
Sales Dude: "Well, I'm not sure..."
Me: "Right...I'm sorry that every French wine you have tried has been corked. Can I switch this Pontet out for a new one?"
Sales Dude: "Sure."