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Index of Posts

The list below contains a link to all posts on this site.

Last update 24 June 2017.

General Posts Index

Discussions Upgraded

Facebook Launch

John Baruzzi Interview

How to Build A Wine Rack

Index of Posts

Invitation to join or contribute to the Discussions forum

New Blog Wine Rack Site discussion forum commenced

Semillon added to Wine Guide

Why Store Horizontally

Wine Rack – How to Build

Wineries

Wine Reviews

Wine Variety Guide

Wine Reviews

Fox Creek Vixen

Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Wineries

Australian Boutique Premium Wines

Wine Supply Australia

 

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Corked Wine

What does it mean when your wine is ‘corked’?

Wine Rack Site discusses what cork is and what it means when a wine is corkedWe were asked recently, what it means if a wine is “Corked”.  So lets just run through the basics first.

We all know why we use a cork in traditional wine bottling.  Put simply, it’s a cost effective way of sealing in the fermented goodness of the  grapes.  Cork wood is a flexible and malleable wood that is still very strong.  If you want to know more about cork, both the tree and how the product is made, click the picture at right for the Wikipedia explanation.

Cork can be squeezed and compacted but then re-expanded when it is released.  This is how to create the vital seal that will keep the precious wine in and unwanted oxygen out.  When the cork has been squeezed into the nect of the bottle the wine can then be allowed to age further inside the bottle.  One this is done and you lay the bottle down FLAT, you will have a good seal.  As you read this you may have wondered why the word FLAT is in capitals and made bold.  That is to remind you of a new post coming in July 2017 about the FLAT storage system that is a creation of the Wine Rack Site and explains how to store wine and why.

Wine Rack Site show how to insert a corkscrewThe ability to unscrew or remove a cork is also a social measure and often a source of entertainment when one witnesses someone trying to open their bottle in vain.  The key is to start by very carefully inserting the corkscrew into the very centre of the cork.  Gently screw in until as much of the screw as possible is in the cork, making sure never to go all the way through or let the screw touch the glass.  Now pull the cork out gently and particularly for bubbly wines, slowly.

So what does it mean when someone refers to a bottle of wine as being corked?

Simply described, it is a term used to describe a wine that has been contaminated with the taste of cork.  Essentially, the proper flavour of the wine is spoiled and most wine drinkers would consider the wine completely ruined and useless at this point.  For those looking for a more technical answer, the term ‘corked’ or ‘cork tainted’ refers to the taste and odour caused by the introduction of a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) that is found in many corks.

This scenario can occur during bottling, during storage and also during the opening of a wine.  Some experts put the percentage of wine bottles contaminated with cork taint as high as 5 percent.  The two parts of the process we (the consumer) can control is the correct and safe storage of wine as well as correctly opening the bottle.

Practice with opening a bottle will help with this side of things.  Most important, as mentioned above, is not to let the corkscrew go all the way through the cork.  Every time you open a new bottle, take a little smell the aroma from the bottle as well as the glass.  A mouldy aroma will be a give away sign that your wine has become tainted.

With the storage, taking a look at the offering the Wine Rack Site has available will help you avoid the most common problems with storage causing cork tainting.  Keeping your wine store laying FLAT will help more than any other single factor.  The other principles will be explained next month will reduce the chances of your wine being spoiled. 

Wine Rack Site Go Shopping

12 Bottle DIY Wine Rack Kit
The Wine Rack Store advises that you Store Your Wine FLAT

Good luck wine lovers and keep reading.

The FLAT system is well worth reading and will appear July 2017.

 

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Semillon added to Wine Guide

Sémillon added to our “Basic Guide to Wine Varieties

The Wine Rack Site presents - Pokolbin Estate Semillon, Hunter ValleySemillon is a grape with golden skin colour and is used to make both dry and sweet white wines.

The grape is common in France and Australia with some Australian plantations believed to date back to 1840. 

Many fine wine experts rate  the Hunter Valley as the world leading production area for Semillon.  Continue reading “Semillon added to Wine Guide” »

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Wine Variety Guide

The Wine Rack Site logoThe Wine Rack Site is creating a new

“Basic Guide to Wine Varieties”

to help you gain an understanding of wine. 

Next week, on Saturday 27 May 2017, you will be able to be able follow this link to the guide:

“Basic Guide to Wine Varieties”

The guide will list some of  the common wine types and have a description for each.

Over coming months, we will add new wines to the list to expand your knowledge.  When the more common wines have been added, we will then expand into some of the more exotic varieties.

We have included below, a sample of what to expect:-

A Wine Rack Site favourite - Fox Creek Shadow's Run Unwooded Chardonnay

Chardonnay

This is a green skinned grape used to produce white wine.  

Chardonnay is sometimes overlooked when a person is seeking a nice wine.  It is often forgotten that Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines including Champagne.

Chardonnay is planted throughout the world.  The Fox Creek Shadow’s Run Unwooded Chardonnay is a Wine Rack Site Favourite.

It is usually had a light to medium body with the common flavours having a hint of apple, pear or green plums.  In some warmer regions (including McLaren Vale, South Australia, home of Fox Creek) you will find peach and melon citrus flavours.   

Chardonnay was first produced in the Burgundy wine region of France and is now common in Australia and New Zealand. 

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Why Store Horizontally

  1. Today the Wine Rack Site explores the wisdom of

storing wine laying on its side or standing up.

Counter Display for 30 Bottles
Counter Display for 30 Bottles

The Wine Rack Site says,

“Store your wine horizontally.  Storing your wine laying on its side allows appropriate control of oxygen exchange between the air and your precious wine.”

You may think that the Wine Rack Site, in the business of selling wine racks to allow you to store wine laying on its side, is somewhat biased.  Keep in mind though, that the original designer of the wine racks featured on this site, had wine stored laying down in mind during his inventive process.  Keep watching this blog to hear directly from him in the coming months.

Let us also look then, to the opinion of someone not connected with the Wine Rack Site at all.  Decanter started as a wine and lifestyle magazine in 1975 and is available now online at www.decanter.com and is published in 90 countries.  They publish wine industry news, vintage guides and wine and spirits recommendations.  Decanter also runs the annual Decanter World Wine Awards.  Columnists and regular contributors include several Masters of Wine. Do you agree that this establishes the expertise of Decanter? Continue reading “Why Store Horizontally” »

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John Baruzzi Interview

Wine Supply Australia

John Baruzzi is a Wine Making Artisan, a talented craftsman using his formal training and multi-national wine making experience to bear on his personal creations, available now at Wine Supply Australia

John says he was called to wine-making and since graduating in this art form from Adelaide University, he has spent 40 years seeking to perfect his art.  He got a great start working for Penfolds Wines Australia and New Zealand, and Orlando Wyndham Wines in South Australia and supplementing this with experience in Italy and California. Continue reading “John Baruzzi Interview” »

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Discussions Upgraded

 

Cowboy Studio Light Box Set for use with Wine Rack Site "Discussions"The Wine Rack Site is quite new to blogging.  We created our “Discussions” page  and forum as a place to discuss wine racks and all things related to wine racks.

Followers of the Wine Rack Site will notice over the  next few months, quite a few changes in the look and feel of the Discussions pages.  Most of the changes will be because our team are learning about blogging and working to do a better job of it.

We will be creating video blogs in the near future.  These will include video reviews on wine racks, wines, wineries and the people we are associated with the Wine Rack Site.  They will also include “How To” videos.  Our first video production related to blogging was to create a video to  show our valued clients, how easy it is to build one of our wine rack kits.  Head one over toHow to Build a Wine Rackto see Brad explain it all in a simple, video instruction.  Continue reading “Discussions Upgraded” »

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Invitation

Wine Rack Site Woman BloggingThe Wine Rack Site recently commenced a blog on our site, entitled “Discussions“. 

The Wine Rack Site will open up the Discussions blog to any topic related to wine racks.  We have already added a couple of posts to the site and invite our friends and clients to check them out.  They are listed at the end of this post.

Some of the categories we will be discussing include:

  • Wineries
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine Rack Construction
  • Wine Rack Use
  • Wine Storage Options ……

Continue reading “Invitation” »

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Langehorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Fabal Wines Vineyard Road Reserve ShirazThis week I deliberately set out to find a wine that would go well with a pre planned lamb shank meal. The natural inclination is of course for one to look towards a smooth Cabernet Savignon to compliment the meal.  One of the great blessings and also a curse of living in a State near one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World (Adelaide) is the issue of too much choice.  Here lies the dilemma, the challenge and the fun…

Ultimately I came to rest upon an an offering from Fabal Wines 2013 Vineyard Road Reserve –  Langehorne Creek Cabernet Savignon.  Fabal Wines have wide range of good of wines that includes the following offerings in their Vineyard Road range:

  • Vineyard Road Reserve Shiraz
  • Vineyard Road Road Premium Sangiovese …..
  • Vineyard Road Premium Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vineyard Road Premium Shiraz Rose
  • Vineyard Road Premium Brut Cuvee
  • Vineyard Road Premium Chardonnay 2015
  • Vineyard Road Premium Moscato
  • Vineyard Road Pinot Grigio 2016
  • Vineyard Road Heathcote Ridge Estate Tempranillo 2015

Continue reading “Langehorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon” »

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Australian Boutique Premium Wines

Australian Boutique Premium Wines - McLaren Flat - South AustraliaThe Wine Rack Site recently had the pleasure of meeting Bob Harrison at Australian Boutique Premium Wines in McLaren Flat, South Australia.

McLaren Flat is nestled in the Southern Hills of Adelaide, a part of the famous McLaren Vale Wine Region.  This region is located some 35 kilometres South of Adelaide City and is internationally renowned for the wines it produces.   When  the Wine Rack Site did a bit of checking, we found there were almost 100 cellar doors in the McLaren Vale district.  Today we are focusing on one with a few unique characteristics worthy of your consideration……..
Continue reading “Australian Boutique Premium Wines” »

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New Blog

Wine Rack Site BloggingThe Wine Rack Site is commencing a blog on all things connected with Wine Racks.  Topics may include:

  • Wineries
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine Rack Construction
  • Wine Rack Use
  • Wine Storage Options

The Wine Rack Site will definitely be doing wine reviews.  The site will be reviewing a select number of wines in the coming months.  To be reviewed on this site, a wine will need to be one either that is either: Read More Now

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Fox Creek Vixen

Wine Rack Site Review Wine | Fox Creek VixenToday, I am presenting to you, my very first Wine Review for the Wine Rack Site.  This review and others to follow, will be a personal review intended give you a feeling for a wine that I enjoy.

What better way to start then, than with this notable wine from the Fox Creek Winery in McLaren Vale.  Fox creek is the home to my own, number one favourite wine in any category, the Shadow’s Run Unwooded ChardonnayI will no doubt, review that one at some time.  It was on a trip to their cellar door to pick up some Shadow’s Run, that the staff pointed at the new wine in their range, the Fox Creek Arctic Fox Cuvee.

I bought one for a friend and one to try myself.  I am so glad I did. Continue reading “Fox Creek Vixen” »

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Facebook Launch

faccebook-launchThe Wine Rack Site held an official launch for our Facebook page on Friday 21 October 2016.

Click on the picture to go straight there.

The main thing to know here though, is that if you are looking to buy any of the wooden wine racks featured on this site, put Facebook Launch in the coupon code and you will get a 10% discount of all products as part of our celebrations. READ MORE

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Launch

wineracksite logoThe Wine Rack Site has its official launch

Shortly

The site is ready NOW to process your order.

The National Wine Centre

We will make press releases and be running a social media program based out of this site.

We will be promoting Bordex Wine Racks, Australian Invented, Australia Made to showcase South Australian pride. 

This is the place where you will learn all about the world’s best wine 12 Bottle wine rack kitrack system.

A place to store you prized collection.