Do you remember me covering the NAFST’s Fancy Food Show DC a few weeks ago? While the vendors were really there to try to leverage their products for the big markets, many did make their products available to you and me, the home cooks. So there I was, on the lookout for some cool digs for you and me! Vineyard Fresh in all it’s science geekiness really caught my eye. Why? It’s argon. You know, argon, number 18 on the Periodic table, all of 39.948 atomic weight? OK, you never heard of it, but here is why it’s important to us wine consumers- it is NOT oxygen, that gas that turns our wine to skunk water over time. Love breathing it, but hate what it does to my leftover wine. Argon is an inert and safe gas that is heavier than oxygen, and therefore when sprayed into an opened wine bottle, sinks down and forms a nice cushy blanket just over the wine, protecting it from further oxygenation. No more mingin’ leftover wine!
So some of you are laughing about me having leftover wine in the first place. Think about this- you have guests over, one wants white, one wants red, but does not want you to open a bottle just for them, “no really, I’ll be fine with white.” But being the hostess with the mostess that you are, you insist on opening a whole bottle just for them. By the end of the evening you have several bottles of wine opened. You re-cork them that night in hopes to enjoy a little snort while cooking dinner the next evening. You sip. You spit. The wine has gone out. Not for me anymore, Vineyard Fresh has allowed me to enjoy my wine all week. Not that I drink wine every day, but you do get my drift. Our new tag line here in BRK is, “did you squirt the wine?”
I enjoyed chatting with Glenn, Gary the owner’s brother, at the show and he was so excited about this product that he had me hoping, just hoping, ever so little that if I sprayed Vineyard Fresh all over me, that I would stop aging. No such luck. These guys did not ask me to write this post, I am writing this because I like the product. When my can is empty, I will be buying more. Think about this for your favorite wino friends, it’s a great gift. Give these guys a shout out on their FB page, tell them BRK sent you.
Gary, would Vineyard Fresh have saved my olive oil from dying on me? Because expensive rancid oil makes me cry more than wine gone bad.