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Copyright © 2015
Forkmedia LLC

by Fred McMillin
for October 23, 2000


Did the Experiment Work?


Campanile Pinot Grigio 
Bottles with dried or loose corks permit air to come in contact with the wine. Invariably, the oxygen in the air spoils the wine.

...Schoonmaker Encyclopedia of Wine

In fermenting my Campanile Pinot Grigio, I gently introduced microscopic bubbles of oxygen to increase the fruit flavors.

...Aaron Pott, Beringer Imports Winemaker

The Rest of the Story

WOW! Deliberately injecting dreaded oxygen into winemaking. I wondered how my panel would react when they tasted wrapped Bottle D, the Pott's Pinot.

The Reaction

When the ballots came in, the men had awarded the wine a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The women were even more enthusiastic, rating it EXCELLENT! Let's hear it for Aaron. The experiment was a big success. If you wish to check it yourself, buy a bottle of...

Wine of the Day

1999 Campanile Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
Friuli?—Tuscany or Piedmont does not lead in the export of premium Italian wines. No, the northeastern part of the country is the leader, and Friuli is a major player in the area. Pinot Grigio seemed to be its most trendy wine in '99.
Flavors of the Wine—Aaron hedged his oxygen bet by also fermenting half of the juice with the more conventional low-temperature method, which always brings out the more delicate flavors.
The Mineral Watch—Another important factor is that all the grapes came from a high-mineral environment. I think you'll tell from the taste.
Availability—Contact the office of Allison Simpson, (707) 963-8989, X-2162, FX (707) 963-1735.
Price—Fine value at $11.


Friuli is the the farthest northeastern wine district of Italy, with Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east. Hence, if you enjoyed this wine from Fruili, you are in good company. Friuli wines have been praised by emperors, princes, and Popes!


About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.



This page created October 2000