Wine Disasters II


Cellar accidents, broken wine glasses, wine left in your car trunk – these are just a few of the wine disasters that can happen.

Join us as the GrapeRadio bunch discuss some of their worst or most embarrassing moments.

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5 Responses to “Wine Disasters II”

  1. 1 Neal Clark Jun 18th, 2008 at 4:03 am

    My major wine disaster was that one year after getting married, I contacted a local winery in the midwest and found out they had a bed and breakfast type of room in which you could stay at the winery. So I booked the room, convinced my wife to go down for the weekend and once we got there, it was nothing like I expected. The room was too rustic for my wife’s taste (it was a converted attic) and she started crying once we were checked in. I knew that if I didn’t get out of there quickly, I was in trouble. So I told the owner that my wife got sick all of the sudden and I needed to take her home. I bought 4 bottles of their wine to try to make up for it, but we drove for 45 minutes to the nearest major town to stay the night for our romantic weekend. I learned that I don’t surprise my wife anymore for trips.

    Neal Clark

  2. 2 Jonathan Jun 19th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    My girlfriend and I moved to Vermont from Baltimore about a year and a half ago, and recently went back to visit. Because good wine is hard to come by in Vermont we pooled what little money we had and purchased whatever two cases of wines we can’t get in the stat ,.e and drove them back with us. The prize of our collection was a 1996 Chateau d’Yquem 1/2 bottle which we purchased for a special occasion. We placed it in the center of one of the cases and drove home. When we got home it was of course snowing heavily and everything was covered in an deep icy blanket. The first thing I grabbed was the case of wine and started off towards the house as carefully as possible but only made it a few steps before I slipped and fell strait forward onto the case. I heard a loud shatter and panicked, and desperately began rummaging through for the bottle. All eleven other bottles of wine survived unscathed but the Yquem was shattered into a million pieces leaving not a drop behind.

  3. 3 Peter J. Jun 23rd, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Probably not a true “disaster,” but disappointing nonetheless…

    Once a year, my wife and I hold a wine tasting party as a way to unwind with friends and coworkers while whittling down our wine collection to make room for more (we buy faster than we drink). One year, we pulled out some nice older cabs we’d picked up in Napa, a few of our favorite Zins, some great Spanish selections and a couple French whites.

    Everyone seemed to be enjoying the wines when someone helping out in the kitchen noticed something in our upstairs wine fridge: a chocolate-cherry novelty wine from PA. In minutes it was pulled out, uncorked and became the hit of the party – making us wonder if we really should have pulled out the good stuff early on before we knew the group’s tastes.

  4. 4 David Jun 24th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    My girlfriend had planned a surprise trip for me to San Francisco for my birthday weekend. I had a bottle of my birth year, 1981 La Mission Haut Brion, that I was planning on drinking that year so she encouraged me to bring it along. It was October 2006 and when we arrived at the airport we learned that the TSA had literally just instituted the “No more than 3 ounces of liquid” on an airplane rule.

    The dilemma: Do I shove the cork in and guzzle 25 ounces of ’81 Bordeaux in the TSA line in the middle of the airport?
    Or do I disgracefully throw it away where everyone else is putting their shampoo bottles and half consumed water bottles?
    Or lastly, and what I felt was the most practical solution, cancel the weekend and drive home to drink old Bordeaux.

    Needless to say, my girlfriend, who lovingly planned this surprise trip, wasn’t about to leave the airport. Nor was she sympathic with my concern for the bottle, and in turn, lack of concern for the trip she planned.

    And so I did “the right thing”. I dug a shallow grave under the disgarded shampoo and water bottles and I buried that 1981 La Mission Haut Brion. We went on to have a great weekend with great meals and great wines, but I still think about that bottle. I imagine some homeless person, rumaging through the dumpsters near LAX, a light shining through the clouds and highlighting the faded purple foil capsule, and him stumbling upon a wine that will change his life.

    But then again, after listening to this Podcast, it was probably corked anyway.

  5. 5 Neal Clark Jun 25th, 2008 at 6:44 am

    David brings up a good point that I hadn’t considered until now. When I went to Napa Valley for Culinary training class in 2003, I bought a wine carrier case and used it to bring back six bottles of wine since I live a state that doesn’t allow direct shipping. So now, when I get a chance to go back to Napa and Sonoma, what am I supposed to do since I can’t have the winery ship the wine to me and now I can’t bring it on the plane as carry on luggage?


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