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Light Strike


#1

Thought I would share this tweet from Brad Greatrix of Nyetimber as I found the experiment interesting and also worrying. I can totally relate to light strike in rosé wines as its quite distinctive but it’s not something I generally look out for.
I would be interested also to see the video which has yet to be loaded, once it ihas been I’ll share.


#2

Wow. This is fascinating - and worrying in equal measures! :thinking:
Thanks for sharing, @Leah.


#3

Fascinating article. Thanks @Leah!


#4

For my friend here (I totally know what it is) can someone explain what Light Strike is?


#5

All relates to amino acids @tom, however the effects are negated if you drink the wine quickly.


#6

Well of course! But for the benefit of my friend, explained here:

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-increasing-problem-of-lightstrike


#7

Always wondered what ‘sewage’ tasted like! :dizzy_face:


#8

I also read this article yesterday and can confidently say I have tasted sewage in wine :nauseated_face::face_vomiting:


#9

Worth noting that we have specifically installed UV film on the showroom windows to avoid issues with light strike on any bottles being stocked.


#10

Excellent @M1tch. I’m tempted to post a photo of my local wine bar/deli with how they store their wines :weary:


#11

Bottle glass colour mades a difference, issue is with clear glass bottles that don’t really cut out any UV - its why Cristal champagne is wrapped in that yellow film to protect the wine owing to the clear bottle.


#12

Clear bottles are the worst, but all bottles will let in some damaging light - short wavelength blue and UV…

To be safe, keep bottles in the dark. And certainly out of bright or direct sunlight.


#13

There are some truly HORRIBLE examples of bad storage in shops - I was in M&S in Leeds and there was some Hautes-Côtes de Beaune in a high shelf, under some really harsh lighting. The bottles were warm to the touch. Pretty much everything wrong about how to store a decent wine. Of course it was stored upright.

I’ve heard of restaurants where really expensive bottles were stored, upright, in a glass case, under little spotlights, to show them off…

Shudder


#14

There is also the example of one of the infamous Jefferson bottles which was put on display, upright, in a glass case under bright lights without temperature and humidity control. Regardless of whether its claimed provenance was correct it was clearly old and after a short time the cork duly dried up and dropped into the wine.


#15

There’s really no need for this as suppliers will often offer empty sealed bottles for the sole purpose of display :wink:.


#16

Leah is right. I was alarmed one day last summer to see a bottle of Ruinart Champagne, in a clear glass bottle, sitting on the sill of a south-facing window of my local. On mentioning it to the barman, he picked it up and showed the back label to me (saying “Do not Drink - Display Only” on it). It also contained - for uncertain reasons - a hexagonal steel threaded nut!

There are plenty more display bottles around if you look for them. I found a display magnum of Ch. Latour a couple of weeks ago.


#17

Quite a good book I thought…


#18

…all my wine comes from a dark place. :exploding_head:


#19

something, something ‘come to the dark side, Luke’.


#20

Thanks Tom, an interesting article…and of course great to be reminded of that brilliant scene in Fawlty Towers


Weekend drinking thread [03-06 May 2019]