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YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER!
In Vino Veritas [ In wine is truth ]. Proverb quoted by PLATO - Symposium 217
Temperature Can Affect The Rate Of Aging of Wine
IN RATE OF AGING ASSUMING
ENERGY BARRIERS TO REACTION ARE:
I have to confess that whenever I heard the words "bottle shock" or "bottle sickness," I always thought it was a great excuse for the winery rep to use when he opened a bottle that was a real clunker. Well, if cork taint and oxidation are not enough, here's a new one to add to the list of the bad things that can happen to wine. Wine Spectator defines "Bottle Shock" or "Bottle Sickness" as:
BOTTLE SICKNESS: A temporary condition characterized by muted or disjointed fruit flavors. It often occurs immediately after bottling or when wines (usually fragile wines) are shaken in travel. Also called bottle shock. A few days of rest is the cure.
Trust me when I say it takes more than a few days! Back in November we discovered the 1999 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cabernet. Fabulous stuff, for only $13.99! I grabbed all 19 cases the distributor had and ordered more. When it showed up, I was all prepared to send out an email touting this great stuff. Luckily, I took a bottle home first. Uck! The bright ruby color was gone and the wine was cloudy, acidic and lacking the rich dark fruit it had displayed before. Fortunately, one of the guys had a bottle from the first sold out batch. We did a side by side tasting with the same disappointing, good wine/bad wine, result. The distributor suggested we quarantine the wine for a month and taste it again before demanding the winery take it back. So, we held on to another bottle from the old batch and waited.
A month later the brand manager, our sales rep and Tom and I conducted a blind tasting and the two wines were indistinguishable. Bright color, rich fruit, low acidity and great structure! I sent a notice to our "Case Buyers" email list and we immediately sold out... leaving me with a dilemma. The winery had some left, do we reorder it? Well, we did and it arrived last week in perfect condition. What happened to the first batch? Who knows... most of today's wines are not, or are very lightly, filtered and fined. This leaves a lot of sediment in the bottle that if shaken enough could disperse in the wine and cause the cloudiness and off flavors we experienced... I think? I was out on the Interstate the other day and as I passed a semi, I noticed that the bed of the trailer was visibly vibrating, probably from a wheel out of balance. Perhaps our Pedroncelii experienced the equivalent of a 2,000 mile ride in vibrating bed.
February 5, 2003
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Court Lets Wine Lovers to Buy Out-Of-State
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer 24 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Wine lovers may buy directly from out-of-state vineyards, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, striking down laws banning a practice that has flourished because of the Internet and growing popularity of winery tours.
The 5-4 decision overturns laws in New York and Michigan, which supporters said were aimed at protecting local wineries and limiting underage drinkers from purchasing wine without showing proof of age. In all, 24 states have laws barring interstate shipments.
The court said the state bans are discriminatory and anticompetitive.
"States have broad power to regulate liquor," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. "This power, however, does not allow states to ban, or severely limit, the direct shipment of out-of-state wine while simultaneously authorizing direct shipment by in-state producers."
"If a state chooses to allow direct shipments of wine, it must do so on evenhanded terms," he wrote in an opinion joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.
The wine industry is booming, with an estimated $21.6 billion in sales and tourists flocking to wineries for tastings and tours. The recent hit movie "Sideways" took a lighthearted look at California's love affair with the grape.
While wineries have proliferated, there also has been consolidation. Smaller wineries say they can't compete with huge companies unless they can sell directly to customers over the Internet or by allowing visitors to their wineries to ship bottles home.
The Supreme Court case centered on the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition in 1933 and granted states authority to regulate alcohol sales. Nearly half the states subsequently passed laws requiring outside wineries to sell their products through licensed wholesalers within the state, allowing state governments to collect millions in alcohol taxes.
But the Constitution also prohibits states from passing laws that discriminate against out-of-state businesses. That led to a challenge to the Michigan and New York laws.
In a dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas argued the ruling needlessly overturns long-established regulations aimed partly at protecting minors. State regulators under the 21st Amendment have clear authority to regulate alcohol as the see fit, he wrote.
"The court does this nation no service by ignoring the textual commands of the Constitution and acts of Congress," Thomas wrote. He was joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices
While the ruling only involves wine sales, industry groups expect that it will soon apply to beer and other alcoholic beverages currently regulated through state-licensed wholesalers and retailers.
In the ruling, Kennedy wrote that states do not have the authority to regulate liquor simply to protect their economic interests.
The decision puts in doubt laws in 24 states that ban out-of-state shipments, although the opinion suggests the laws will be upheld so long as in-state and out-of-state wineries are treated equally.
The Washington-based Institute for Justice says the 24 states that ban direct shipments from out-of-state wineries are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.
The cases are Granholm v. Heald, 03-1116; Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association v. Heald, 03-1120; and Swedenburg v. Kelly, 03-1274.