How safe is your wine?

how safe is your wine

I love this cartoon by Tom Meyers –

The Napa earthquake got us thinking again about the “Big One.”  The USGS says there is a 90% chance of an earthquake in Northern California of at least 7.5 magnitude within the next 30 years. How safe is your wine from the “Big One?”

How is your earthquake kit and preparedness? Do you have enough food and water to last a week?  And like the cartoon, will your wine be safe in an earthquake, and will you have enough wine to get your nerves through at least a few days or weeks? In the Napa earthquake on Sunday, countless bottles of wine fell off shelves and shattered.

Wine, of course, is not the most important thing to worry about in earthquake protection, but you might as well put it on the list of things to check.  My garage happens to be the safest place in my home. We recently had our garage rebuilt and the city had us put in a huge foundation, anchor bolts, brace bolts, rafter bolts, and so much more.  With my wine cooler, I went one important step further. I anchored the unit to my wall studs. I have a considerable investment in my wine both in money and in nostalgia. I would hate for any of my special wines to be undrinkable from a fall or spoiled because of improper storage. Nothing is certain in a big quake; all you can do is prepare to the fullest.

So with the Napa earthquake fresh in mind, get that earthquake kit up-to-date and have a family plan for communication. Then fix that wine cellar of yours so you can sit back and toast to health and happiness when the big one hits. If you don’t have a wine cellar, maybe it’s time to jump up your wine hobby a few notches.  Here is a link on a quick “How To” on aging and storing wine.

Thanks to cartoonist Tom Meyers for giving me permission to use his cartoon. Could that be Vintage Wine Taster Ray with the spilled wine?


Two Trader Joe’s wine specials

Wine Picks of the Week

Last week I received my Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, which touted two wines with the TJ label. I found both of these Trader Joe’s wine specials at the Millbrae store, so I purchased both and tried them last week. I found them both very decent wines and worth a try. Both of the wines are 2012 vintage. This vintage in California was spectacular, and one of the best in terms of quality and quantity in years. Certainly there must be surplus juice out there and Trader Joe’s has obviously taken advantage of that.  So why not the consumer and bargain wine hunter?

TJ Reserve Syrah 2012 Paso Robles Lot #100 – $9.99

Tj syrah

TJ Paso Robles Syrah

Overall, a very decent and delightful wine. Weak on the aroma but in the mouth nice flavors include black fruit, spice, and a bit of bacon. Aftertaste is fairly generous. What I like about the wine most is the gentle overall character of the wine. It does not overpower, and it is a very enjoyable wine to drink. I think it is a “can’t miss” wine at this price and worthy of an 88-point rating.

TJ Petite Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012 – $6.99

TJ Napa Valley Chardonnay

TJ Napa Valley Chardonnay

This is a crisp and bright Chardonnay with peachy notes and citrus. There is just a touch of oak in this Chardonnay. No clue as to how it was made but the wine had to have been mostly aged in stainless steel.  Somewhere along the line, some of the juice had to hit an oak barrel. This is a refreshing Chardonnay, more on the fun and outdoorsy side. Serious Chardonnay drinkers, like Janelle, will probably not find this wine up their alley. If you like something dry, crisp and refreshing, I think this white wine will do. 87 Points.


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