'They’ve been doing it in France for ten years. The idea started when a ship wreck was found in the English Channel and there were bottles of 100-year-old Piper Champagne that had aged perfectly in the cold, muddy bottom.'
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
On the Atlanta liquor store’s blog, the store’s manager recently responded in an interview to a popular news story about ageing wine under water. Last week, stories about Mira Winery in California experimenting with this technique were popping up around the web, including on CNN.com. The idea is an interesting one: that the underwater environment in some ways achieves much of the same conditions as the traditional style of aging, but may create a different flavor; however, Capital City Certified Wine Specialist Larry Kantrowitz is less than enthused about the idea.
“It’s just nothing new,” he said in an interview Friday, “they’ve been doing it in France for ten years. The idea started when a ship wreck was found in the English Channel and there were bottles of 100-year-old Piper Champagne that had aged perfectly in the cold, muddy bottom.”
While the winery owners have been quoted as saying that they feel they are being innovative, other commenters online have made it apparent that Kantrowitz is not alone in seeing the publicity surrounding the technique as a gimmick.
Ageing wine under water has been an increasingly popular practice in Europe for several years. Ageing wine under water as opposed to in a cellar supposedly creates variations in taste and aroma. Factors like oxygen exposure, temperature, salt exposure, and movement can affect how the wine ages. For sparkling wines, it can also affect size and persistence of bubbles. The results and growing popularity of the European practice is now leading some American winery’s to follow suit.
Larry Kantrowitz is manager and in-house certified wine specialist at Capital City Package in Atlanta, Ga. Capital City Package has been offering quality wine, beer, liquor, and cigars to Atlanta customers for over 50 years. For more information about the Atlanta liquor store and its wide range of products, visit http://www.capitalwineandliquor.com or visit at 784 Collier Road, NW, Atlanta, Ga 30318.