Beware of Fake Wines

Don’t worry I am not talking about the Twenty dollar red wine you might or might not be drinking right now, that’s most likely the real thing. What I am talking about is something that you probably shouldn’t be too worried about, but should be aware of anyway. The kinds of wines that I am talking about are those rare and exclusive bottles of wine that probably cost more than your car. Since these wines have very high prices and at the beginning had little to no security measures that would indicate if a good forgery is a forgery, people from all over the world has made an art of doing this.

Counterfeiting has been around for a long time, let it be money, works of art, and even consumables. Making forgeries of wines is nothing new, the reason for the sudden rose of their production is the technology now available today. They now make forgeries so well that only complete experts can actually determine if a bottle is legit or not, one billionaire even hiring an ex-FBI agent to investigate for him, though a bit too late as he had already paid for the Hundred Thousand Dollar Bottle.


Why buy old expensive wines? Well, it has become a sort of status symbol to the rich and wine enthusiasts. If you are rich, then you have to do something impressive with all that extra money, and many go for collections, some have historical memorabilia, some have rare books, and others rare and old wines. They can also be considered as investments as the fewer bottles in existence are left the higher the value of the bottle you own. For wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts, having a bottle of wine so rare is like owning the hope diamond, they love wine and they like it when fellow wine enthusiast are awed by their collection. Carpet cleaning experts cleaned the carpets at my wine cellar, now they look like new!

In the series “White Collar”, a TV series about a master art forger/thief now working for the FBI, there was a series arc where they faced an old nemesis of the protagonist, challenged him to create a forgery of the most valuable bottle of wines in the world. The show showed us how simple it was to pass most of the tests if you were a master forger, the first thing is getting the bottle, which empty ones are far less expensive and a bit more easier to find if you know where to look (black market), second is the cork which can easily be forged by looking for corks produced at a similar time, Labels are easy enough to create by getting stationary or paper from the same time it was made. And the contents can be any cheap wine as you will be sealing it in there, and no one would want to open a million dollar bottle of wine. All of the materials will cost a bit of money, but if you pass the entire test your investment will pay off.

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That was just an episode from a TV series, but it showed us that there are people to go above and beyond to trick other people and make money through these counterfeits. In the real world, forgers don’t even bother to do something so complicated of a procedure as in the movies. So other than losing your hard earned money buying Counterfeit wines, your health could also be in danger.

The next time some guy tells you he can get you a bottle of Petrus, remember that you’re talking to him from the back of a van.

Wooden Wine Rack Disaster

So I just lost a couple of bottles of red wines, luckily not the more vintage bottles. No, it wasn’t stolen, and I can’t blame anyone for what happened as we all did prefer to forget about any bottle put into storage until the time comes when we either feel like drinking it or show it off. The wooden rack that we used to store some of the bottles collapsed and destroyed most of the bottles being stored in them. Apparently, there was a significant amount of termite damage on the thing; it was unavoidable.

Upon the investigation of Pest Control Company Yucaipa, the damage seemed to be inactive, meaning the damage was done long before the wine rack was added in the area. The termites that did this was already killed by time; we had purchased the antique rack from an estate sale upcountry some time ago, it looked sturdy for its age, so we purchased it. Unfortunately for us, after a good amount of bottles were stored in them, the combined weight and time was enough to make the weak points give in.

The bottles lost were not very expensive, but they would have been great vintages had they’ve been given time. Lesson learned I guess, check everything! I’ve had had carpenters and pest control companies check out the remaining racks to make sure no more casualties occurs. I recommend anyone with old storage racks and cellars to do the same; if you don’t, it could be a costly mistake.

No Cellar? Here Are Alternative Wine Storage For You

I am enjoying looking at my wines at the cellar when I heard a little squeak under one of the wine racks. I did not expect what I saw because I have kept the cellar tidy. I barely open bottles or even bring food there. I wonder where that lone mouse came from. Or was it really alone? What if others were lurking in the cellar without me knowing it?

Fortunately, my house was due for its scheduled pest control maintenance that time. I have contracted a pest control company to manage pest control at my house in Columbus because, in spite of my being a neat freak, I still see pests like that.

The pest control guys came to our house and did an inspection. They noticed a broken weather stripping in one of my windows, and it could be the entry way used by the rodent. I noted it for immediate repair among other recommendations provided by the pest control staff.

With this pest problem, I started thinking about shifting to other means of storing my wines. I know nothing beats a traditional cellar at home. However, as technology advances, some ways are simply more efficient and convenient. Besides, my wife wants another room to expand her pantry and craft storage. Perhaps, vacating the cellar would be a more economical option instead of purchasing a shed or building a new room for her.

I took a look at alternative wine storage and I was very pleased with what I discovered. My wine club friends also offered some advice. I listed them here so you can have a quick reference of wine storage alternatives.

Wine Racks 

Wine racks have different styles and designs to fit every wine enthusiast’s taste. Since my wine collection is not that many, I feel that a well-designed wine rack will fit the bill. There are a lot of wine rack designs available, such as wall-mounted, stackable, and custom-built racks.

This is a very affordable alternative, but I want my wines stored in a temperature controlled environment like the way my traditional cellar nurses them.

Wine Cabinet 

This is my favorite alternative. Aside from being very nice on the eyes and compact in size, I like the fact that it can keep my wines at the right temperature. I do not have to worry what weather we have for the day because the wines will always be in the most conducive environment.

I was also blown away by the different cabinets available. It makes the decision-making a little tricky, but how can you go wrong with these options.

  • Single temperature wine cabinet 

This wine cabinet is suitable for beginners starting their wine collection. The temperature is set to the most ideal, so you do not need to fuss on the dials anymore. They come in sizes that will surely suit your space and requirements.

  • 2/3 temperature wine cabinet 

Now, this is what I am eyeing. This wine has two or three sections with varying temperature setting. This is perfect for wine connoisseurs and enthusiast who have a larger wine collection that have different temperature requirements.

I am so drawn to the 2/3 temperature wine cabinet. I will tell you more about it once I have tested one at home.

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Is it Worth Renting a Wine Storage ?

Keeping your wine stored under the right condition is necessary to keep its flavor and quality intact. However, maintaining your wine storage could be very laborious and expensive. Do not fret because there are wine storage facilities that you can rent in Portland if you do not have space or the budget to maintain an in-house wine storage.

These wine storage offers the clients with wine lockers where they can keep their wines. The locker could fit a single case up to a hundred. The lockers are temperature controlled, making sure that your wines are stored at the right temperature. The wine lockers are made of metal or wood.

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Pests are another concern in wine storage. You need to check with the wine storage whether they have pest control in place because there is nothing more disgusting that having your expensive wine touched by icky pests. Usually, a wine storage company will contract the services of a professional pest control company to manage their pest control activities.

I was happy to know that guys from – pest control Portland division worked for some wine storage in our location. I actually had to ask the pest control company to make sure that the wine storage is not just giving me lip service.

Another advantage of having a wine storage are the perks that they give to their members. Some wine storage facilities can pick-up your wine cases from your home and deliver them to you when you need it. That is very convenient especially for busy clients that do not have the time to make another stop on the way their house.

If you need to move, they also have an insulated and refrigerated truck to help you relocate your cellar to another location within the Northwest states.

Wine storage also has lounges where you can entertain your guests. They can even prepare food for you. You just need to contact them ahead of time so they can accommodate your request.

Here are other advantages of having a rented wine storage

  • Save on cost

The cost of having a wine cellar does not end after the construction of your cellar. It goes on and on as you use it. Having a rental storage will only let you pay when you want to keep your storage space. Using a rental storage does not compromise the cellar conditions that you need to store your wine.

  • Resist the temptation

Since the wine is not in sight, you will not risk drinking it ahead of time.

  • Wine drop service

Your wine deliveries can be delivered directly to your wine storage. No need to move it from your home to the storage facility.

  • 24/7 access

You can go to the storage facility anytime and not have to pay for anything each time you visit.

  • Security

You are given a locker with your set of locks and keys. The storage facility also has security measures in place, such as CCTVs, alarms, and regular lock checks.

  • Wine Storage Insurance

Insurance may be an additional expense, but it will be worth it especially you are storing fine, high-value wines in another location. Having an insurance can take your worries away.

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Custom Wine For Your Wedding

Wines have always been associated with celebrations. A wedding is not complete without a toast. Couples prefer champagne but have you ever heard of custom label wines?

Custom label wine is a new concept in winemaking. It allows regular people, to experience the wine making process. It lets you blend and bottle your wine. You can even design your desired wine label to personalize it for your occasion.

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It will be a memorable and worthy experience to share with your better half before your wedding. You can use your personally blended wine in your wine toast and give to your guests as a unique keepsake from your wedding.

I remember the time we had a wine blending party at home. My fiancé and our best friends were all excited to try my discovery. The party was in full swing when the electricity broke down. It was disappointing until we visited the Electrician Atlanta official site. Their service was swift and efficient. I thought we were going to have a candle-lit wine blending party for the rest of the night.

You can purchase a wine kit from a custom label wine company to get you started. Atlanta has several wineries offering this kind of service. You can have the custom kit sent to you, or you may opt to schedule the blending right at the winery.

The basic wine custom kit contains the following materials that you will use for wine blending. 

  • At least four varietals of wine – Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
  • Erlenmeyer flask
  • Measuring Pipette
  • Blending Guide

Also, prepare a wine key, wine stem and a pen and paper to take note of your favorite wine recipe. It may seem complicated and challenging, but the key here is to have fun. There is no right or wrong combination. It is about discovering the taste you love by experimenting with the different characteristic of the wine.

The things that make a wine distinct from each other are the following: 

  • Color – Notice how wine connoisseur does the swirl and tilt of glass? They are looking at the color of the wine. The color offers valuable information on the age and quality of the wine.
  • Aroma – This accounts for 80% of the wine taste. Consider the aroma of your wine when you make your blends.
  • Flavor – It all boils down to this. Blending helps you find out what your palate wants. The taste is the main reason why winery combines different varietal of wines.
  • Texture – This is how the wine feels in your mouth. The following contributes to this:
  • Body – this refers to the concentration and amount of alcohol in the wine.  
  • Acidity – this helps wine’s taste to match with food. Your wine will taste too sour if it has too much acidity. 
  • Tannin – this refers to the aging and structure of your wine. Too much tannin in your wine can make the wine feel dry and taste bitter. Adding a little Merlot and Grenache to your blend can reduce the tannin in wine. 

Here are some reminders before you embark on your first wine blending activity. 

  • Invite few of your friends to taste your wine with you. They can offer valuable inputs about the wine you are making.
  • Take very detailed notes about the proportions of your blend and the opinion of your tasters.
  • Prepare more than enough wine stems and beakers to ensure that your measurements are accurate. 
  • Conduct blind test to increase objectivity. This way, the opinion of your taster would be free from bias.
  • Spit after tasting. Remember that you are tasting not drinking, or else, you could get drunk.

It may sound technical, but the end goal is simply to find the blend of wine that you will cherish and enjoy. It is all about the overall experience of taste

Once you found your perfect blend, it is time to reproduce it. You can send your detailed notes to the winery where you got your kit so that they can start making your wine according to your specifications. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of writing down the details of your wine blending. You also need to decide on a label to personalize your bottle. The wine order can be shipped to your within a few weeks so make sure you submit your order way ahead of time.

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My Experience in Dubai

I am not a wealthy man, but I have a lot of friends, some of them are very well off, and I am fortunate enough that my friends are very generous. Last year a friend of mine invited me to a trip to Dubai, and everything was on him. Everything from the airfare to the hotel accommodations, meals, and just about anything really, I didn’t to pass up this opportunity as I would need to save up for a long, long time just to even afford a fraction of the things he was planning to do there, so I took up his offer and finally got to experience the wonders of Dubai.

Most of you are probably expecting me to tell you that we traveled via private jet, but no we didn’t I didn’t say my friend was a billionaire or something, he is just really well-off. We traveled business class, comfortable, a bit pricey, but not too much.

When we got there a car was waiting for us and took as to our hotel, I forgot the name, it had intercontintal in its name… but it was awesome, I had my own suite which was sweet! (I apologize for the pun), and there was a creek you could walk by which was beautiful, I have to say seeing the city of Dubai is quite jaw dropping, so many things to see and such a grand city in the middle of the desert.

The first day was a bit of like a free day for me, as my friend had to handle something that day, business or whatever, rich people problems not mine. He told me to have lunch in the hotel and just charge it to the room, which I did because I would probably be paying my credit card bill in staggered if I paid for it myself.  Later that day, I went to the mall, but unlike the ones we have back home, malls in Dubai are huge! At least the one I went to was… I think it’s the largest in the world. I bought some key chains as souvenirs for people back home, yeah I am also cheap. After strolling around I went back to the hotel and enjoyed the pool.

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The next day my friend told me he’s done with business there and that we will be going yachting. Yes you read that correctly! Yachting! Nowadays in Dubai yacht rental business is booming, there are many different yachts to choose from that suits every ones pocket. So an associate of his rented it but had to go elsewhere for business and let us use it. And let me tell you that was the best time I had riding a yacht, in fact it’s currently the only time I ever rode a yacht. With so many things to see, and the view of the city from the marina, I highly recommend anyone traveling to Dubai to rent a yacht. The man made islands were beautiful, the people were beautiful, and the fellow yachters (surprisingly a word) were quite fun to be with.

Friends and family is the true treasure in life, for without them you cannot enjoy the small things in life, also some of them might even invite you to enjoy the grander things in life.

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