OUT THE SPEC!
commented about The Spec in a while.
Itís just too darned difficult to read them when youíre sitting at a
sporting event. Anyhow, with a
brief lapse between the British Open and PGA, I figured I should sit down and
wade through the pile and see if there were any good tidbits.
The following are important for our readers to review and see if they
want to subscribe to The Spec:
the Better (July 31, 2004)
With a title
like this, you might think that Wino Bob was the guest writer for this article.
Anyhow, the article is a great read on big bottles of wine. For the average wino, we donít care about big bottles of
wine. They cost too much money and
weíre not going to waste our money by having to pour wine down the drain when
we donít finish the bottle (note: Wino
Bob has never met a bottle that he couldnít finish). However, in talking to some collectors of big bottles, The
Spec claims that due to the bottle thickness and larger quantity of wine,
the wine can age for decades longer than its 750 ml counterpart.
One collector was quoted as saying that for every pre-1982 Imperial, he
lets the wine breathe for half an hour for every year of its age (22 years times
30 minutes would be 11 hours minimum, Bob).
Just to refresh our readers on the designations of the big bottles, they
1.5 liters (thatís normally two bottles, WB!)
3.0 liters (Bordeaux and Port)
3.0 liters (Burgundy and Champagne)
4.5 liters (Champagne)
6.0 liters (Bordeaux)
6.0 liters (Burgundy and Champagne)
9.0 liters (Champagne)
12.0 liters (Champagne)
15.0 liters (Champagne)
If you memorize
this list, you would know that any size beyond Imperial is not a Bordeaux.
So when Bobby tells you that he and his neighbors consumed a Balthazar of
first growth Bordeaux, you can say ďHey, Bob, that must have been a big bottle
of sparkling Ripple that you chugged!Ē.
Winners Ė 2004 Restaurant Awards (August 31, 2004)
If you can
still find this issue, buy it. I
use it as a reference every time I travel out of town (work or pleasure, it
doesnít matter, I just want to find a place with a great wine list).
I believe this is the best single source for finding a restaurant with a
decent wine list. However, that
doesnít mean there arenít restaurants with decent wine lists that have been
left off the list. I look at the
ones listed for Maryland, most of which Iíve visited, and note several
restaurants with great lists and great food who arenít on the list, and others
who are on the list and donít exactly provide notable food to go with the wine
(you know who you are!). Thereís
only one Grand Award Winner in New Jersey (The Park and Orchard) and there are
none in Maryland and only one in Virginia (The Inn at Little Washington). However, rip out this issue and put it in your briefcase in
case you need a quick pick for the client/boss when youíre out of town.