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(Reuters)   *sips, swishes* "Hmmm, hints of Marlboro Reds with an undertone of Winstons and Salems and just the slightest hint of Camel. Almost like kissing your great aunt"   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Wine, Heavy ground smoke, much smoke, tons of grapes, Fear of reputational risk, Hanson Vineyards, Viticulture, Poor air quality  
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646 clicks; posted to Food » on 22 Sep 2020 at 2:40 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2020-09-22 10:42:44 PM  
3 votes:

NINEv2: So maybe some of you winos can help out a non wine person... Smokey beers and whiskys have been enjoyed for centuries. Surely some winemaker has come up with some libatious use for smoked out grapes. I'd think a smokey brandy could be quite amazing if done right.

Some varietals handle smoke better than others. I've had some smoke tainted Syrah that was amazing after putting down for 5+ years. Syrah already contains some of the compounds that are associated with smoke taint, so it's better equipped to handle the volatile reactions caused after smoke has penetrated the cell walls of the grapes.

Regarding a smokey brandy, the problem is that these volatile reactions don't necessarily create what you would recognize as a smokey flavor or aroma. The wine just tastes off. And by the time you've distilled it into brandy, there would be hardly any of that character left anyway, and you would have dumped a tremendous amount of time and resources into it that most wineries don't have.

/former winery worker
//this year sucks
///drink up
2020-09-22 2:55:28 PM  
2 votes:
This was at a winery in Chelan, WA on Labor Day:

*Hack cough wheeze*

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2020-09-22 11:29:50 PM  
1 vote:
Child. Cowboy killers, the taste of last night's booze and fresh coffee is the breakfast of champion
2020-09-22 4:15:06 PM  
1 vote:
Not wine but whisky.

A friend of mine studied abroad at Edinburgh, and acquired a taste for Single Cask whisky.

Even single malts are blended from different casks of the same vintage to adjust for flavor and proof, but single casks are just that... straight from the aging cask to the bottle.  And each cask has its own distinct flavor and aroma.  So they name these casks based on the "personality" of the whisky inside.

He brought me a bottle with the name "Wet Chimney Sweep.  82 proof."

"Hahaha lol, let's try it and see..."

It was.  It had the distinct finish of the smell of pitch cleaned out of a chimney.

/we finished it
2020-09-22 3:03:16 PM  
1 vote:
I'm only an hour or so from America's oldest winery, and there are more than a dozen even closer than that.

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