Decanting Perfection: How and When to Decant Wine

The yips are by no means confined to the throwing of a baseball.  They manifest in all arenas where people feel the weight of opportunity, be it in sports, art, writing, or even wine.  With wine, the repercussions may be less significant, but thinking too much can undermine what should otherwise be a simple pleasure.  One such point of potential paralysis is the quest for the perfect pairing.  Another area of fixation that can trip up those looking to maximize their enjoyment of wine is the question of whether to decant.

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Bottled Poetry: Wine's Interplay with Emotion

Not every wine, just like not every poem, is worthy of this much consideration.  There are many more hallmark card writers than poet laureates. And that’s a good thing, because constantly contemplating the incomprehensible nature of existence would be exhausting.  Sometimes, probably most of the time, you need wine to pair with mindless TV, not an existential discussion.

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Beauty in a Discarded Knife: Appreciating the Winemaker as Artisan

Most wine is a paint-by-number affair.  Flowcharts are created and followed to ensure palatable and predictable results.  Small mistakes are avoided or covered, and out the door it goes.  There is nothing wrong with this kind wine, and much of it is reasonably-priced, good quality and enjoyable.  But there are also those winemakers who are not driven primarily by what wine quickly moves off the shelves.

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Life's A Party: How Yeast Works to Create Wine

Notwithstanding their seeming simplicity, yeasts, specifically Saccharomyces, has become something of an unlikely scientific superstar.  It was one of the first organisms to have its entire genetic code sequenced, and has more recently been selected for interplanetary travel.  Geneticists even believe that Saccharomyces may someday unlock the secret to aging itself, dramatically extending the human lifespan.

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