Hamilton Wine Tips
When buying wines:
- Avoid bottles with wine residue around the cork foil (possible heat damage)
- Check that the bottle is filled to within an inch of the cork
- Don't confuse grape varietals with brands (Riesling "rees-ling" is a grape not a vineyard)
- Don't necessary stick to advertised brand names...the smaller wineries have good wines, too and often at a better price (you're not paying for national advertising)
- Ask the clerk about vintages or vineyards you are uncertain about
When storing wines:
- Store bottles on their sides, to keep the corks moist.
- Store wine in a cool dark place, with a consistent year-round temperature.
- You can keep unfinished open bottles of wine in your fridge for up to a week. Simply re-insert the cork upside down for a snug fit. Opened bottles of wine will last longer if the air is pumped out (you can buy inexpensive suction devices in wine stores).
When serving wines:
- You can bring a refrigerated red to drinking temperature by letting the bottle stand out for 30 minutes. You can also microwave a single glass for just 10 seconds
- If the wine is bad because of a dry cork, return it to the wine store