| Sparkling Wine|
to serve Stengels' Sekt properly|
Nunc est bibendum (Now we shall drink)
The question is how to deal with it in an adequate way.
The most important things are the temperature and the pre-storing. After transport
the bottle should rest for a few hours (rather a bit longer). Try to avoid undercooling
but precool it gently in the refrigerator.
The domestic refrigerator is normally
on 6-8°C, which is enough for consumption in summer, because the glass grows warm
fast due to the hot temperatures. The sparkling wine should reach the ideal temperature
of 10°C. Fine flavours require a certain temperature to develop.
Please take your time to enjoy your drink. However, taking too much time leads
to a temperature rise of the glass. Whenever one of your guests forgets about
his glass of wine, feel free to pour fresh wine into another glass. Do never mix
fresh wine with warm wine. Bear in mind that this sparkling wine is a speciality
and don't hesitate to point that fact out to your guests. They should appreciate
the served Sekt. However, it is not quite appropriate to mention the price, but
rather the speciality with regard to your special guests.
By ordering your
range of wine you need to consider your storage facilities. It would be best to
ask the producer directly, because only a few dealers are able to answer this
question properly. Light (as well as neon light) and temperature variations are
the most vicious enemies of sparkling wine. Store the wine in a cool dark place.
By just ordering small amounts of wine the risk is reduced.
In addition, the glasses should not be disregarded. It is important to take a
neutral smelling glass. For you being an aficionado you should just fill half
of the glass with sparkling wine. Then wait one minute until the gas bubbles have
calmed down. All aromatic components should preferably diffuse within the glass,
and not escape into the room.
You will just fill your life with pleasure by
enjoying a matter of soul.