Bien shares her wines stories–from “Drinking Alone” to
“Zinfandel”–highlighting the highs and lows of Alicia’s own evolution
as a wine drinker from novice to—many bottles later—an expert wine
looked at me as if I’d turned into Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and
Frankenstein, simultaneously. My spouse deserved an explanation as to
why I wanted one young bottle of wine, an eye of newt and toe of frog.
But there wasn’t time to explain, I had to begin my experiment.
in the Middle Ages people believed in vampires, dragons and alchemy.
Alchemy, in case your pre-Renaissance history is a little rusty, is the
proto-science of transforming everyday objects into super fabulous
things. Alchemist experiments included turning nickel into gold, turning
liquid gold into the fountain of youth and turning $5 on Kickstarter
into a million bucks. While our Middle Ages’ brethren were unsuccessful
with their gold and fountain of youth projects, their descendants are
making a mint on Kickstarter.
to say that I, too, was taking a page from our culture’s collective
alchemist past to turn something ho-hum into something howdy doody
dandy! My experiment specifically entailed turning a young bottle of Cab
into an older, refined bouteille of Cabernet Sauvignon, s’il vous plait.
I opened the recently purchased bottle of Cab and grabbed my empty decanter. Decanting a young wine is a one-step process.
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