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"Most wine headaches are due to dehydration, not sulfites."
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

May 21, 2021

Happy Friday! Time to wrap up this week and get ready for the next! Take a deep breath and kick off the weekend on a positive note. Let's consider where we have been, improve it, and move forward next week. Packing the most content into the least words and trying to change the world, one glass at a time.

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3 - Wine Terms - Capsules

1. Heat Shrink: The most inexpensive capsule available. When heated the capsule shrinks in diameter conforming to the neck of the bottle. Often these capsules will have a little pull tab to assist in opening otherwise very difficult to remove.

2. Polylaminate: The most popular type of capsule on the market. Comprised of a sandwich of two layers of polyethylene and one layer of aluminum. You can identify these by a small ridge running top to bottom of the capsule. The application requires a specialized piece of machinery that uses spinning rollers to compress the capsule to the neck of the bottle. We referee to it as a spinner.

3. Tin: The most expensive type of capsule and the thickest. Unlike polylaminate capsules these are smooth and created by forcing tin through a die without a seam. They are often used on more expensive wines to suggest quality but be careful, the rough edges when the capsule is cut can severely cut you and nobody likes blood in their wine.

Geek Zone: The original purpose of a capsule is unknown with many wild stories about the original intent. One theory was to keep rats from chewing the corks - but rats can eat through steel and concrete, a small piece of tin wouldn't stop them. Another theory is to hide the differences between the fill lines of each bottle and make the bottles more attractive on the shelf - I personally don't think is was the original reason and is a modern construct. The theory I most believe in is as a tamper evident device. Scrupulous wine merchants would gather empty bottles of expensive wine, refill them with plunk and resell them at a premium.

An interesting movie to watch about wine counterfeit is called "Sour Grapes" about Rudy Kuriawan who was arrested in 2012 for selling millions of dollars worth of fake wine. In 2006 he sold a whopping $24.7 million at a single auction to one consignee. Police also found over 16,000 fake wine labels in his house when he was arrested. As of a few weeks ago, he was deported to his homeland of Indonesia.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Your true self is not what people see in public - it is who you are in private" ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "Wine people are good people" ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

It is easy to look at the stars and feel small or isolated, but this is not true. The atoms that form the universe have existed since the beginning of time and are continually 'reconfigured' into different things. And all of these things are connected in a timeless way.

Quickly look at an object and ask
"where did this come from?"

Now take a moment and reflect on how this thing came to be. Who made it, who stocked it, who thought of it, what was their life like, where did the parts come from, how did they get there, who drove the truck, who made the gasoline to power the truck, who designed the truck, etc....

And after some refection, you might note that you have a part in this dialog and myriad other dialogs -- for you bought that product whose proceeds help pay a wage, which put food on a table and improved some lives. This web of interconnections is pervasive, universal and you are intertwined and the most fundamental level.

In reality, you are not isolated, you are the glue to society. Act responsibly.

~~ Notice ~~

One man's empty barrel is another man's table (only $60)

Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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