DailyDirt: Drink No Wine Before It's Time?

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

Some folks are really into aged spirits -- as in old alcohol, not ancient ghosts. But if we can't really trust our tastebuds, will anyone really know if an aged wine is really aged? More importantly, though, does it really matter if no one can taste the difference between a day-old beverage and one that's 15 years old? Maybe some wine/scotch snobs will care, but most drinkers probably won't. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: alcohol, beverages, brandy, drinks, rum, scotch, taste

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2015 @ 6:34pm


    Oh, I meant to mention wine. Most wine is sold long before it has been properly aged, due mostly to the cost of holding it (called cellaring in the trade and requires consistent temperature and humidity), and then the risk of not selling it within the window of being 'ripe'.

    You can taste this in any wine you drink. If the front of your tongue has a stronger sensation than the middle or back of your tongue the wine is young. If the back of your tongue has a stronger sensation than the front or middle, the wine is past its 'time' and well on its way to vinegar. If the middle of your tongue is the strongest sensation (or if you will, the front and back are equal), then it is well balanced and 'ripe' for drinking. Front acidic, back acerbic. Not being 'ripe' does not mean the wine is bad or that you are being ripped off in any way, but as ones gets to know more and more about wines, tasting a young wine that you like in a restaurant might just send you to a wine merchant with the intent of buying several bottles, or a case, or several cases to hold for its time (some people open one bottle per year until it is ready, wish I had that kind of money).

    Different wines have different expected longevity. I have had 35 year old Bordeaux's and Burgundies that were just fabulous. They were red wines and produced in a manner expected to gently appreciate to their proper state after many years in proper conditions. White wines tend to have a shorter life span, as well as some reds. I have not had an opportunity to taste older (meant to be older) American wines, though they do exist and command a high price, though that price is a function of the cost of ageing and what the market will bear.

    Those old wines I had opportunity to taste...I did not pay for, they were part of a very special tasting I was a participant of.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Sponsored Promotion
Public Money, Public Code - Sign The Open Letter at publiccode.eu
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.