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I have too many wine thoughts and questions tonight. Where to begin?

Here is a concrete one for @skibob : What is the smell that you get on a sponge or towel that's sat around damp for too long? It's obviously some kind of mildew-y thing, but it has a very specific odor. Does it have a name?

Unfortunately for me, I'm a "super smeller" when it comes to that one stench. I've been known to wash every single towel in the house in a weak bleach solution in an attempt to get rid of it, after picking up the third "clean" one in a row that reeks. No one else in the house can smell it.

Anyway, it's the thing that most often kills my first glass of wine - the smell is on the glass, but it only seems to be released with wine in it. Then it's too late. :(
I would imagine it is the "house mold". Your home no doubt has one or two preferred species that like to grow. I really don't know what to do about it other than buy a lot of cheap towels and don't reuse them.
 

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I have too many wine thoughts and questions tonight. Where to begin?

Here is a concrete one for @skibob : What is the smell that you get on a sponge or towel that's sat around damp for too long? It's obviously some kind of mildew-y thing, but it has a very specific odor. Does it have a name?

Unfortunately for me, I'm a "super smeller" when it comes to that one stench. I've been known to wash every single towel in the house in a weak bleach solution in an attempt to get rid of it, after picking up the third "clean" one in a row that reeks. No one else in the house can smell it.

Anyway, it's the thing that most often kills my first glass of wine - the smell is on the glass, but it only seems to be released with wine in it. Then it's too late. :(
One of the smells that bother me is when you pour wine in a glass and you get that dusty smell. Like the glass is clean but has not been used for a while and you take it out of the cabinet and just pour the wine and it is too late. That is the one that gets me annoyed, kills a nice wine for me.
 

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I would imagine it is the "house mold". Your home no doubt has one or two preferred species that like to grow. I really don't know what to do about it other than buy a lot of cheap towels and don't reuse them.
Sometimes you get a smell from a towel if it is washed and left in the washer for a while before putting it in the dryer. Especially if it is left over night before drying.
 
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I would imagine it is the "house mold". Your home no doubt has one or two preferred species that like to grow. I really don't know what to do about it other than buy a lot of cheap towels and don't reuse them.
It's not house mold in that sense. I've been sensitive to this exact smell for decades, across multiple residences,.while visiting others, etc. :huh:
 
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And finally we have this little number, showing its years in good ways.

What would I make of this in a blind tasting? I guess if I were lucky I might peg it as central or southern Italian. (Montepulciano, Aglianico, etc.) Otherwise maybe a very good, aging Barbera. Despite having visited Umbria, where this wine is from, it's unlikely I'd even think of it.

I made a risotto with some sujuk sausage and garden chard. The earthy flavors were met perfectly by this autumnal bottle. So satisfying. Do not hesitate.

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A special evening, deserves opening this:

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We had a toast and it was delicious. It is now decanting a little. The cork came out just fine (I was pretty gently and careful). Pop and pour it drinks like a great claret. Let's see how it develops as the evening goes ...
 

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Wow, this is good!
2010 Carignane from Clos du Bois that we brought back from a visit. Who'd have thought a place known for the mid-market would have stuff this good?
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Well this was certainly interesting and weird....just my second experience with Schiava and a very different one. First was pure fun gamay-like gulpable. This was sharp, soily, a touch bitter, with some elegant red fruit rounding it out.

 
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Well this was certainly interesting and weird....just my second experience with Schiava and a very different one. First was pure fun gamay-like gulpable. This was sharp, soily, a touch bitter, with some elegant red fruit rounding it out.

I've had both of those experiences, too. I really liked both!

PS: Best food-wine match I've had with (barely) seared tuna was a schiava - the Alois Lageder "Roemigberg" bottling. That one was kind of in-between the ones you describe, and was very very delicate. Almost a rose.

EDIT: https://aloislageder.eu/assets/lag_files/2018_ROEMIGBERG_Schiava_EN.pdf
 

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The magnums of ArPePe just showed up for the wedding :ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin:.

Now to design a vegetarian main dish around them....

Bulk orders going in soon too for daily wedding-week drinking:
- On the red side we're going with a lighter-style mencia from Bierzo and a juicy malbec from Cahors. - - Whites are a Muscadet and a southern Rhone white blend of viogner, roussanne and manseg.
- Champagne Sanger for our toast.
- Plenty of rose from Proveance right outside of Bandol for picnic and patio pounding.
- And cava for our daily bubbles.

And there there are the odd fun bottles from Guiberteau, Raj Parr, Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy, and a six pack of unknowns from my buddy who got a $200 surpise-us budget which goes a long way in his book.
 
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The magnums of ArPePe just showed up for the wedding :ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin::ogbiggrin:.

Now to design a vegetarian main dish around them....

Bulk orders going in soon too for daily wedding-week drinking:
- On the red side we're going with a lighter-style mencia from Bierzo and a juicy malbec from Cahors. - - Whites are a Muscadet and a southern Rhone white blend of viogner, roussanne and manseg.
- Champagne Sanger for our toast.
- Plenty of rose from Proveance right outside of Bandol for picnic and patio pounding.
- And cava for our daily bubbles.

And there there are the odd fun bottles from Guiberteau, Raj Parr, Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy, and a six pack of unknowns from my buddy who got a $200 surpise-us budget which goes a long way in his book.
When and where are the wedding? Asking for a friend. Not planning on crashing.
 

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