Vineyard Fresh is a wine preservative. There are a number of products on the market and this one happens to be my client at my grown-up job. I bought a few bottles off their website and discussed my experiment with them. They were geeked and shared some swag with me too.
The experiment was preformed with the help of the wine guys at Holiday Market. After sharing my experiment with them, they mentioned that Saint Cosme’s 2011 Cotes-Du-Rhone. Would show a pronounced effect by the air reacting with the wine over a period of time.
Hypothesis: Bottles treated with Vineyard Fresh would have a noticeable difference when taste tested against bottles not treated with Vineyard Fresh when left exposed to air for a number of days.
Experiment: Gather 4 bottles of the same wine and designate them with the following titles: Control, Full Open, Just Gas and Gas + Cork.
- Control: This bottle will remain sealed for the length of the exposure time and opened when the taste testing is executed
- Full Open: This bottle will have 150 ml (approx 5 oz or 1 glass of wine) of wine removed from the bottle and will remain uncorked for the duration of the exposure time.
- Just Gas: This bottle will have 150 ml of wine removed from the bottle, will have 2 short bursts of Vineyard Fresh applied to the inside of the bottle and will remain uncorked for the duration of the exposure time.
- Gas + Cork: This bottle will have 150 ml of wine removed from the bottle, will have 2 short bursts of Vineyard Fresh applied to the inside of the bottle and will be corked with a sterilized synthetic cork* for the duration of the exposure time.
- Noise: Raspberry, Melon, Citrus, Earth
- Taste: Super dry, acidic, muted fruit, herbs, chalk
- Nose: Rich Blueberry, Orange, Brown Sugar, less earth
- Taste: Not as dry, muted fruit but different flavors, chalk, less herbs, less acidic
- Hypothesis: gas only
- Actual: gas w/ cork
Wine Glass Charm
- Nose: banana, cherry, Earth, Mint
- Taste: Not as dry, mellowness, more prominent chalk, acid, slightly off
- Hypothesis: full open
- Actual: full open
- Nose: Brown sugar, cherries, cloves, rich earth, spectrum of rich/full fruit, more spice
- Taste: super dry, chalky, acidic, herbs,
- Hypothesis: Gas w/ cork
- Actual: gas only
This was both an experiment in Vineyard Fresh as well as how well I know my taste buds. My conclusion is that Vineyard Fresh made a noticeable difference in the preservation of the wine. My palate isn’t refined enough to tell if the cork vs. uncorked was a big difference but I could identify the full open bottle. I would recommend the product and would like to do this test in a year or so to see if my palate has improved.
I would like to thank the wine guys at Holiday Market (Brian and Antonio) for their recommendations on how to run the experiment and suggestion on wine.
While I did purchase the argon product myself, Vineyard Fresh was nice enough to donate a prize pack of goodies. This includes a corkscrew, hat, t-shirt, wine bags and more. I’ll select one lucky commenter to win the prize pack and my 2nd bottle of Vineyard Fresh. Please post you New Years & booze related resolution for 2013. The contest will close Tuesday (1/8/13) at 11:59p.