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procrastinating (verb)

By Michael "Ty, the Wine Guy" Taiani

1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost. verb (used with object) 2. to put off til another day or time; defer; delay.

If I had a dollar for every time I asked a client So how was the wine I got for you? and their response was Havent tried it yet because Im saving it, I could open a bank or better yet, a winery! Funny, but its nearly true. HELLLOO . . . isnt wine a perishable food product made from fermented grape juice? Question: Are you currently saving a gallon of milk since the New Years eve of 1993? Absolutely not! So then why havent you uncorked that bottle of Hudson Valley wine that you bought last fall? Hmm . . . procrastinating are we? FYI, more than nine out of ten Hudson Valley-produced wines are ready to consume and enjoy upon release.

As for myself, I will exceed the uncorking, unscrewing, and corkpopping of over 500 bottles this year no procrastinating here! Besides, wine, like milk, does have an expiration date naturally its just a longer one. And to complicate the matter further, the expiration dates arent always the same, due in part to many variables the type of wine, producer or winemaker involved, region, vintage, and the newest one, the type of closure used (synthetic vs. real cork or a screw cap).

And lets not forget about all of those countless health benefits associated with the consumption of one to two glasses of wine per day especially reds, which contain resveratrol or what might be the next cure-all. All the more reason not to hoard that wine!

My advocating for now consumption hasnt changed over the years. I often recall my days as a wine salesman when one task undertaken was to choose that right wine for that right occasion. After doing so, Id usually suggest to the customer to try persuading the recipient to open it at the time of receiving it. Granted, a somewhat pushy notion, but with the right tact the results were often successful. Why should a perfectly good bottle of vino be placed in a dark closet, or worse, atop the refrigerator? Furthermore (and for the record) I am not a wine collector never have been, never will be.

Since were in the consume now mode, lets go beyond the receipt and (almost) immediate gratification of a bottle of wine to another area which should be addressed. Im referring to the term buyer beware, i.e., not purchasing an outdated wine, a wine which has exceeded its expiration (drinkability) and thus is insipid so awful that you need to spit it out. One, including yours truly, must be very cautious while walking the aisles of a wine shop, here or abroad. Recently, my fiance and I explored a shop wed never visited before, only to discover that nearly all the wines were outdated. What if we were not wine aficionados, would we have unknowingly purchased some of them? Yes, indeed.

So, my basic advice to follow:
1. Drink em young whites and ross, one-to-three years old; reds, two-to-four years old;
2. Price point inexpensive to moderately priced wines, $12$25, are (nearly) all ready to consume and enjoy now; and
3. Avoid outdated wines unless guided by a knowledgeable and trustworthy wine salesman and/or wine consultant (like yours truly).


Michael Taiani Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), aka Ty the Wine Guy, is a food and wine consultant and marketer. Assisting people with food and wine is his passion.

Hudson Valley Wine magazine Summer 2014 issue

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