Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Keep Those Foods Fresh

Well folks, my post today isn't really about wine but it's about a wine accessory that you can use as an economical tool to keep your foods fresh, as well as your wine!

Most of you are probably familiar with the Vacu Vin, the device that is designed to keep the remainder portion of wine in the bottle fresh by pumping out the air and then sealing the bottle with a rubber stopper. There's a lot of controversy over it, some saying it works and some saying it doesn't.

Me, it seemed to work when I used to use it, but I don't use it anymore. I simply pour my wine into 187 ml sized bottles for individual portions, and that keeps the air out because the bottle is just the right size for one serving.

You've seen those food-saving bags, haven't you? The ones in which you place food, then use a vacuum device to pump out the air to keep the food fresh? Some have a motorized vacuum and some have a hand pump. Well all you really need is to buy some of these bags and then use a Vacu Vin for the pump. It fits and works perfectly!

I originally bought the one made by Reynolds, which had a battery-operated vacuum. The problem with that is the batteries wear out fast, it is noisy, and you have to position the device just so on the bag in order for it to suck out the air. You can do the same thing in less time and with more ease by just placing the Vacu Vin over the little area of the bag where the vacuum goes, then with a few pumps the air is gone!

It's great for keeping sliced deli meats and other things that are sensitive to air - just use a portion then seal the bag and pump out the air again. You can tell it works by looking at the bag.

Now, many of you are probably saying "duh" because you knew this already, but just in case you didn't.. use that Vacu Vin for double duty!

Okay, that's it for now, see you in another short while.. or long while.. or whenever the urge to write strikes.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Not a Pinot

Hey I am back but only briefly! I've been drinking wines consistently since my last post ages ago but have just been too lazy to write about them.

I felt I needed to do this short review as a public service, though. I bought a bottle of 2006 Cherry Hill Pinot Noir Papillon from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago. It's an Oregon wine.

Pouring it in the glass, it doesn't look like a Pinot Noir. It is too dark and too purple. It doesn't smell like a Pinot Noir. And it doesn't taste like a Pinot Noir, either. It is too heavy and textured, and tastes more like a Cab/Syrah mix.

To be fair, the wine buyer at the TJ's where I purchased it told me this was a "heavy" and "darker" Pinot Noir, and he was right. The VINTJS that they were selling is better than this one, if you are looking for a Pinot Noir with a more authentic character.

If you just want a decent red wine and don't care if it particularly tastes like the grapes it is made of, then this isn't a bad deal for $9.99 but if you're expecting a Pinot Noir, I'd say go elsewhere.

Okay, back to my hibernation now..