Technology and wine news
Here is another of those bright ideas whose time, heaven willing, may never come: Students at a London college have come up with high-tech wine bottle equipped with a tiny, built-in video screen.
The British online news site Ananova.com reports that students at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London were invited to create a new-concept wine bottle as part of the 150th anniversary observance of the huge Australian wine firm, Hardys.
Asked what they thought wine bottles might be like in another 150 years, students Marten Lindquist and Brian Goulding responded with "The Self Cooling Animated Bottle," a multi-tasking device that features both a temperature control device and a miniature television screen on the label. The screen could display a short video sequence about the grapes, the wine making, tasting notes and food matches.
Production may lie years in the future, if ever, but Hardys is apparently taking it seriously: The Australian wine giant, Ananova.com says, has already patented the concept.
The bottle, and other student designs, will be on display at the International Wine Fair in Bordeaux next weekend.
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You'll find no 22nd Century technology on the outside of the bottle of today's wine, but it offers a fine, textbook example of dry Gewurztraminer. If you think "Gewurz" is necessarily sweet, you might want to recalibrate with a taste of this delicious item from Kathy Lynskey Wines of Marlborough.
Lynskeys 2002 Wairau Peaks Vineyard Marlborough Gewurztraminer ($14.99)
Very pale brass color, almost clear as water. Delicious fresh grapefruit scent, clean and pure, with hints of tangerine and subtle but distinct pumpkin-pie spices. (Despite the name, which is German for "spice," a spicy character doesn't necessarily define Gewurztraminer. But this one's an exception that proves the rule.) Crisp and fresh, citric grapefruit flavors follow the nose, fruity but quite dry, with only a threshold hint of sweetness at most; snappy acidity and a pleasant hint of cleansing bitterness in the finish. U.S. importer: Wimbledon Wine Co., Napa, Calif. (June 12, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: A fine match with spaghetti alla carbonara (pasta tossed with eggs and, in this variation, smoky American-style bacon). It should go well with just about any style of pork or ham.
VALUE: Appropriate value at this mid-teens price.
WHEN TO DRINK: Fresh fruit is part of its charm, so drinking soon is advised; on the other hand, a good dry Gewurz of this style can develop interesting and complex flavors with careful cellaring.
WEB LINK: The importer's Website (which also includes where-to-buy-it information) has a Lynskey fact sheet here:
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Monday, June 16, 2003