Early in my oenological career, I had the good fortune to tour the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia. Taking advantage of a strong US dollar, I shipped home several cases of great discoveries. The amiable fellow who handled the shipping told me to make sure I let the bottles sit for at least a few weeks upon receipt. The constant vibration of an airplane in flight disturbs the wine, he told me. You need to let them settle down.
This was my first encounter with the horrors of bottle shock.
It's a standard practice to let new inventory received at the Lab "rest" for 6-8 weeks.
But is this really necessary? Do we really need to let our bottles sit there for all that time?
We thought it would be interesting to run some tests.
First test up next.
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