Let It Breath.

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Drinks

Last night we had a friend over for dinner and my wife bought the wine when she went shopping for the food.  My wife would be the first to admt that she knows very little about wine, so she played it safe and bought a bottle of Cotes Du Rhone (picture below).

When she got home at about 4pm for some reason she decided to decant the wine into a large wine decanter we have to let it breathe.  Whilst decanting it she poured a mouthful into a glass to try it. She didn’t like it, she said it tasted acidic.

Our friend arrived and we sat down to eat at about 7.30. My wife had a sip of the wine and was amazed at how different it tasted. The acidic taste had gone and it was much, much smoother.

As I said, the wine in question was a French Cotes Du Rhone. It was from Morrisons, half price at £4.99. It has the very uninspiring name of Ramparts, which definitely would have out me off buying it, but that was two lessons learnt. One, let the wine breath for as long as possible in a proper decanter and, two, never judge a wine by its name.

Yet again, these half price wines from Morrisons are proving to be very tasty and if they do truly retail for £9.99 then they are a bargain at £4.99, but to be honest I am a little suspicious of their true retail value and I am looking into it a little further and will keep you updated on any news.

As usual, here is a picture of the poor little bugger after we’d finished with him.

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