More thoughts on boxed wine and other things
I can't do it. I just can't. I am not a wine snob. A friend of mine just graduated from CIA and has brought me awesome cheap wines. My favorite red costs $10 for the big bottle. I just can't do wine in a box. Or wine with a screw cap. I just can't.
This comment by Carey Hughes under the Wine in a Box entry got me thinking some more about how I feel about boxed wine:
I'm not a wine snob either, but I am a design snob and ritual snob. These aren't qualities I'm proud of because given a slightly better wine in a box and one slightly less good in a bottle with a beautiful label and a cork, ...
...I'd enjoy the one in the bottle more. Just as I'd enjoy it more in a beautiful wine glass than a jelly glass. (And believe me, I've drunk my share of wine from jelly glasses.) So the reality is I'm not going to switch any time soon to a box for my sippin' wine, although its longevity would be a real plus for me.
I also wanted to bring up Dahlink's comment, which I noticed nobody got near:
About a wine throw down--I have read that a majority of tasters can't distinguish a red from a white wine if they are blindfolded. Makes me wonder ...
Someone told me that Calvin Trillin wrote about this in one of his books, but I haven't had the time to track it down. As it was told to me third hand, he was referring to a study involving, I think, the Stanford Wine Program, in which blindfolded participants couldn't tell the difference between red and white. If anyone has more details, please post below.
It would be fun to try this out on your wine connoisseur friends. Blindfold them and try, say, three reds and three whites at room temperature. Then report back here. I'm not going to ask you to try it yourself and then report back, because you'd probably lie. Ha ha, just kidding.
("In this photo illustration, a cork is often the culprit when wine goes bad." Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT)