Member Inquiry

Member Inquiry: Lead in Wine

Dear Paul, I heard something not too long ago about lead getting into wine. Then I recently noticed that the ‘foil” which covers the cork on a lot of wine bottles is different than what it used to be. Am I cor­rect in assuming that there is some relationship between the two? — K.N. Huntington… read more »

Member Inquiry: Vineyard Flooding

Paul, I recently saw on the news that Temecula suffered considera­ble flood damage during the heavy rains. Were the vineyards affected? What other natural foes threaten the vine?    – L.L., Woodland Hills Luckily, for the wineries, the damage was confined mostly to “Old Town” Temecula and a few roads which were washed out. The… read more »

Member Inquiry: Grape Origins

Paul, Are any of the domestic wines that we are accustomed to made from native grapes, or do they all have their origins else­where?” M.M., Temple City, CA Any grape, really, can be made into wine, but few indigenous grapes have achieved any degree of success as raw wine materials. Native grapes, botanically of the… read more »

Member Inquiry: Investing in Wine

“Paul, I read now and then about wines that sell at auctions for wild prices, like $25 ,000 . a) What kind of wines are worth that much? b) Can I start a collection for investment purpos­es using WOMC wines, and sell them later for a big return?” A.R., El Cajon Thanks for asking about… read more »

Member Inquiry: Personal Requests

This letter came in recently. “A friend asked my husband and my­self to a wine tasting at their home. We went to find a salesman from a German wine company showing his wines. They were medium to good but very expensive! We find the Wine of the Month Club has better value. It was not… read more »

Member Inquiry: Differences in Blush, Blanc, Rose

“I have seen some of the same grapes used to make ‘blush’, ‘blanc’, and ‘rose’ wines. In some cases from the same winery! Could you tell me the difference?” Dr. T.R.E. Bakersfield I’m not sure that I can because there is no code, law, or regulation which governs the terminology re­garding the color of wine…. read more »

Member Inquiry: Saving the Rest of the Bottle

“We just recently joined the Wine of the Month Club. The selections have been very enjoyable so far, and we are sure they will continue to be. A minor problem. Both my wife and I are unable to finish a bottle of wine in one evening. It is just a bit much for us. Is… read more »

Understanding Common Wine Terminology

“Paul, I joined the club to learn about wines and enjoy thoroughly the wines you have sent. The in­formation is great and educational and I like the way it leans toward the humanist side rather than the technical side. Some of the bottles you have sent to me, however, list interesting information of which I… read more »

Wine Tasting Party

“This is a new twist for us. We received such a fun letter from a member we wanted to share it with everyone. Her cover letter closed with; “……keep up the good work on finding us quality wines to sip each month.” The enclosure reads as fol­lows. “Recently, for my assistant’s 30th birthday, I decided… read more »

What Are The Crystals On The Bottom Of The Cork?

Paul, I recently had a red wine se­lection from your club that showed little crystals on the bottom of the cork. What are they and are they harmful ? As wine ages in the bottle the satu­ration level of the natural ingre­dients changes. Very often in both red and white wines tartaric crys­tals will form… read more »