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How Many Bubbles are in your Sparkling Wine and Champagne?

“Whilst I enjoy nothing more than a crisp cool Champagne, never have I looked at the bottle and wondered how many sweet little bubbles exist inside. After reading this article by bottlenotes.com, I will never look at my bottle of sparkling the same way…. Have a read and see if you feel the urgent need to open bottles and start counting?” Lynda Walsh Kennards Wine Cellaring BDM

A Champagne Cheers!How one scientist made our head hurt more than a Champagne hangover

Alright, wine nerds. We know you geeked out on the trivia in our August 10 Sip, “Do You Know Wine?” The factoid about the number of bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine — about 44 million — particularly got your juices flowing. Yes, pun intended.

We got that tidbit from The California Wine Institute. They got it from Napa’s Domaine Chandon. It also appears in Wine Review Magazine, along with the slightly higher bubble count in a bottle of Champagne (49 million).

So, what’s the source? All sources seem to point to the research of scientist Bill Lembeck, who calculated the volume of CO2 in a 750 milliliter bottle of Champagne and divided that number by the volume of an average bubble.

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How Long Does Wine Last Opened?

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Sparkling Wine

1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper.

Sparkling wines lose their carbonation quickly after opening. For your information, a traditional method sparkling wine, such as Cava or Champagne, will last a little longer than a tank method sparkling wine such as Prosecco.

Light White, Sweet White and Rosé Wine

5–7 days in fridge with a cork.

Most light white and rosé wines will be drinkable for up to a week when stored your refrigerator. You’ll notice the taste will change subtly after the first day as the wine oxidizes. Some wines will even taste better after the first day, including minerally cool-climate wines (think Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, French Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc).

Full-Bodied White Wine

3–5 days in fridge with a cork.

Full-bodied white wines like oaked Chardonnay and Viognier tend to have much less acidity which will cause them to ruin more quickly than light white wines. Be certain to always keep them corked and in the fridge. If you drink a lot of this type of wine, it’s a really smart idea to invest in vacuum caps.

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What Type of Stemware is Right for You?

There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy? Discover what glassware fits your wine drinking habits and what the best options are to build a proper wine glass set.

Check out this cool chart on the different types of wine glasses. Identify the different styles so that you can better decide what to buy based on your needs.

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The Difference Between Crystal and Glass Stemware

Crystal is glass with lead monoxide in it and, depending on what country you live in, can vary from 1% (in the US) to 30% (in Europe). Many glassware manufacturers also make lead-free crystal glassware with zinc and magnesium oxide which also refracts light. Using lead or lead-free crystal for wine glasses is popular for two reasons. For one, the minerals cause the glass to have light refraction which gives stemware a sparkle. Secondly, the inclusion of minerals in glass makes it sturdy enough to be spun very thin.

Regular glass doesn’t shine the same way as crystal but it is more affordable and also tends to be more durable.

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Storing Open Red Wine

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Why Open Red Wine Goes Bad

Oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. Thus the key is to reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface when storing open red wine. There are a few methods used to prolong shelf life, all based on minimizing exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of the wine. With the necessary TLC some red wines can be stored open for up to a week.

Basics After Opening

Re-cork the wine after every glass pour. Keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature. In most cases a refrigerator goes a long way to keeping wine fresh longer; even red wines. When stored at colder temperatures the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when wine is exposed to oxygen. Wine stored by cork inside the fridge will stay relatively fresh for up to 3-5 days. This is a good start, but I think we can do better!

Freshness Tips

• For best results, store the wine upright to minimize surface area exposed to oxygen.

• Prevent dramatic temperature changes which can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.

• You can warm up a red wine bottle in luke warm water. Be careful not to use hot water, it should only be slightly warmer than room temperature.

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The Art of Wine

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Did you know: Not all wines are meant to be cellared for long periods of time. 90% of wine is made to drink now, while it retains its freshness. While cellaring your wine, bottles should be kept on their side to allow for sedimentation, this also keeps the cork wet.

Wine making is a complex process: Starting with the long wait of 5 to 7 months to grow a harvest, after this the actual process takes a few weeks to produce. The three components of wine are grapes, water and yeast. The yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them to alcohol. One bottle of wine contains 1.3 kilos of grapes!

The perfect temperature: Most white wines are best served at 7ºC; Sauvignon Blancs, Rieslings and Chardonnays. Full bodied white wines should be served at 10ºC: Rich White Burgundies and Light Reds such as Beaujolais. Most red wines will be best consumed at 15 to16ºC; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bordeaux, Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

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World’s Weirdest Wines

Glasses are filled every day, all over the world, with natural elixirs made with some of the most unlikely ingredients, like pumpkins, lizards and tree sap. Each reflects what’s locally available and honored—its particular, and often peculiar, terroir—and they make wine tasting an adventure.

Snake Bile Wine (Ruou Mat Ran)

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As if Vietnamese snake wine—prepared by steeping a snake (preferably a venomous one) in rice wine—weren’t disconcerting enough, there’s snake bile wine. The forbidding drink is prepared by mixing rice wine with the greenish-black bile taken from the gallbladder of a freshly sliced cobra.

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World’s Oldest Wine and Beer Finally Drunk After 200 Years

wineWhat a find! Imagine sipping on champagne or downing a beer that is nearly two centuries old! That’s exactly what these experts did when divers found a ship wreck dating back to around the second quarter of the 19th century, with 168 bottles of champagne and an undisclosed amount of bottled beer on board.

This well preserved alcohol would have been the oldest in existence. Champagne expert Richard Juhlin explained that bottles kept at the bottom of the sea are better kept than in the finest wine cellars.

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A Natural Pair – Wine and Cheese

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Enjoying a good wine and a good cheese can enhance the flavors and complexities of both. Yet not all wines and cheeses go together. Make sure you pick a wine that complements the flavors in your favorite cheese. The “keep it simple” approach applies here. These suggestions will help you plan the perfect partner list.

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While Every Bottle Tells a Story – Wine Cellaring Now Means the Story Also Improves With Age

Pouring-red-into-glasses-KSSWine collectors are passionate people who often collect wine in unusual ways, so each bottle often comes with fond memories – every bottle tells a story.

After entering the wine cellaring service in 2,000 with the opening of a climate controlled wine cellaring facility in Camperdown, Kennard’s now boasts 16 locations and over 3,000 cellars.

Kennard’s Self Storage development of a specialist wine cellaring niche has grown to entrench the company as a clear leader in this area.

The delicate nature of wine means highly specific conditions are required for good cellaring and to enable its optimum development.

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5 Minutes with Stuart Pym – Flowstone Wines

flowstone3Stuart Pym is a wine maker from the Margaret River region. He previously worked for Voyager Estate, Devils Lair and Stella Bella, before establishing his own winery with good friend Phil Giglia.

Last night Flowstone Winery was announced as the winner of the James Halliday Wine Companion, New Winery of the Year.

Kennards Wine Storage is the proud sponsor of this trophy and we took some time out to talk to Stuart about his cellaring style, most memorable moments and the 50kg Irish Wolfhounds that feature prominently at Flowstone!

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