Saturday, February 28, 2015

Aging peacefully

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 City Daily Photo bloggers, for March 1 Theme Day, are posting their interpretations of the theme "aging" (or "ageing," depending on where you live).

What came to mind, having just visited the soon-to-open Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel,  are these top wines-- mostly Israeli--aging peacefully in modern wine refrigerators or wine chillers at the hotel's various restaurants and bars.
Of course, the wine in these bottles is kept at optimal serving temperature too. 
 

Here is something funny from Wikipedia's Aging of Wine:
 During the course of aging, a wine may slip into a "dumb phase" where its aromas and flavors are very muted. In Bordeaux this phase is called the age ingrat or "difficult age" and is likened to a teenager going through adolescence. The cause or length of time that this "dumb phase" will last is not yet fully understood and seems to vary from bottle to bottle.
The Sharon plain near the Mediterranean coast and just south of Haifa, surrounding the towns of Zichron Ya'akov and Binyamina,  is Israel's largest grape growing area; and this is where Elma is located.
You can read all about Israeli wine at Wiki.
Lechaim!
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(Linking also to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)

23 comments:

Jim said...

Great Ageing post.

William Kendall said...

A creative take on the theme- and one I wouldn't have thought of!

Cloudia said...

Might it preserve ME to rest in one at home?

LOL




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Hels said...

We import a lot of Israeli white wine... delicious. But only if it is not mevushal.

Jack said...

It is a most informative post. Aging is, of course, essential for wine.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

yum :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh this is good Dina, I had no idea wine went through a 'dumb' period, thought only that wine can make you do dumb things when consumed in excess :) Super informative post.

Nadege said...

I like your take about aging as well Dina! Can't go wrong with wine or alcohol (or cheese)!

paul said...

Interesting post, Dina, hope you won't have to wait too long before you can drink the wine! :-)

yael said...

If only we could age so peacefully:)

Bergson said...

you must be very rich to have such greatness for storing wine.
Climate is not the same as in France where wine bottles are kept in the cellar

Dina said...

Hels, mevushal, boiled?? Obviously I am not a maven on wine or on kosher laws, because your term mevushal is new to be. Why does it all have to be so complicated. ;)
I had to read
http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-topics/mevushal-wine-kosher-wine-definitions-explanations/

Cloudia, haha, yeah, it might be nice to rest in that cool, dim atmosphere on a hot Hawaiian day.

Yael, do I note your touch of Israeli existential angst? But I do agree.

Bergson, yes, the super-hotel has a fortune invested in those wines and in all the equipment. Only the best for Elma. It is one woman's vision and labor of love, Lily Elstein.

Friends, thanks for all your fun comments!

Birdman said...

Hahahahaha Dumb phase. Ain't it the truth.

cieldequimper said...

Ahhhh Dina! I was wondering who was going to post a bit of plonk! Thanks for that!

VP said...

The good side of aging!

Denton Harryman said...

aging wine was my second choice .. my wife and I purchased wine a while back and the wine shop owner suggested that we age the wine .. we asked if trunk time from the shop to our condo counted as aging (smile).

LOLfromPasa said...

Really enjoyed your idea for theme day. Made me smile.

Stuart said...

Now that is deluxe ageing! We are indeed on the same page today.

crystal said...

Those wine refrigerators look like a more convenient way to age the wine than the traditional winery caves :) I've visited some of the wineries in Napa/Sonoma ... it's a big business here in California.

RedPat said...

I thought of wine ageing but couldn't find such a good shot to demonstrate it! Good one.

José Mendonça said...

Very clever entry, Dina! It's perfect.

P.S. Thank you for the link on Myanmar. Sorry I'm late but as you probably noticed I've been away from the blogosphere.

toby said...

They do look very relaxed in there :)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog - it means a lot!

Rob the frog said...

Nice one, but I miss the dust which HAS TO BE on old bottles...