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Turn cheap wine to a pricey vintage with this 30-second trick

So we decided to ask an expert

We all deserve the best and that includes wine. But sometimes the best costs a lot more than we can afford to pay. Sure, if we’re having a special dinner party or it’s a birthday we don’t mind splashing out, but what if we’ve just had a hard day at work?

Well author Dan Marshall claims to have a solution. In his new book, Life Hacks Handy Tips to Make Life Easier, he reveals the secret to upgrading a cheap vino and it only takes 30 seconds.

So, ‘what is this magical hack?’ We all scream. Apparently, it’s as simple as whizzing your wine in the blender! The process helps aerate the wine and subsequently improves the flavour. Cheers to that!

But before you charge your glasses, we decided to ask an expert about this claim (because think how much cleaning it takes to get red wine stains out of a blender). Tom Cannavan, publisher of wine-pages.com and thewinegang.com, wasn’t too convinced.

‘It’s not something I’ve come across personally and it sounds like a terrible idea on the face of it. Wine should be treated with a bit of respect, and sloshing it and chopping it around in a blender sounds like it would destroy the wine rather than enhance it,’ he told us.

‘Cheap wines do not need to be aged 5 years – they are ready to drink straight away – so feeling the need to do this must surely mean the wine is terrible in the first place. So what would the blender do? It might add some oxygen into the wine giving it an arguably ‘softer’ feel, but goodness only knows what flavour and aroma compounds would be destroyed in the process.’

Oh. Well, perhaps it’s worth a go anyway?

This article appeared on PRIMA


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