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The Rage to Age (August 20, 2002)

In this age of Attention Deficit Disorder, we can't sit around waiting for years for those tannin-laden Cabernets and Barolos to soften up. The question is, how to speed up the process of maturing the wine?

There are producers who believe – Summerhill in BC's Okanagan Valley is one – that if you store your wine in a pyramid the wine ages faster.

But not fast enough for Long Island resident Jacqueline Peiffer, who worked in the wine trade in New York for many years. She discovered that using a magnet on a bottle of wine will soften its tannins dramatically.

She created the Wine Cellar Express. It's a magnet coaster that looks like a hockey puck with a lip, and if you stand your bottle on it for 30 minutes the results are amazing.

I know this sounds like voodoo science, but it actually seems to work. The magnetic field somehow alters the molecular structure of the tannins and makes the wine taste mellower.

I conducted an experiment, taking a highly tannic red Bordeaux and pouring half the bottle into an empty clean bottle. I placed one half on the magnet, the other I stood on the far side of the room so that the temperature was the same but there could be no influence of the magnet.

After thirty minutes my wife Deborah poured equal amounts into two ISO tasting glasses and put them down in front of me blind. I immediately identified one wine as much softer and less astringent than the other. The softer glass came from the magnetized bottle.

I repeated the experiment with another red with the same results. So now I'm a believer.

The Wine Cellar Express costs about $60 and is available in most kitchen stores, Ashley's, wine-making shops or through B & M Marketing (Canada) Inc. Phone 1-877-AGE.WINE or email info@winecellarexpress.com.

 

 

 

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