You tell us:

If you were forced to choose, which would you go without:?
Food 23.21 %
Wine 76.79 %
( 336 Votes)
For a two-course meal, would you prefer dessert or entree?
Dessert 44.94 %
Entree 55.06 %
( 316 Votes)

- Podcasts
- News

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 

 

   
Welcome to Gourmet Husbands: Talking Food Since 2008.
18th Oct 2017
   

Our top 5's:

Dave and Alicia's Best :
  1 : Tetsuya's
  2 : Attica
  3 : Vue de Monde
  4 : Bistro Guillaume
  5 : Rockpool Bar and Grill
   
Lachie & Sarah's Picks :
  1 : Attica
  2 : Jacques Reymond
  3 : The Lake House
  4 : Pearl
  5 : Matteo's
   

Quick Links:
  Restaurants
  Recipes
  Reviews

News Archives:
  Sep 2017
  Aug 2017
  Jul 2017
  Jun 2017
  May 2017
  Apr 2017
  Mar 2017
  Feb 2017
  Jan 2017
  Dec 2016
  Nov 2016
  Oct 2016
  Sep 2016
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2015
  Nov 2015
  Oct 2015
  Sep 2015
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2014
  Nov 2014
  Oct 2014
  Sep 2014
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2013
  Nov 2013
  Oct 2013
  Sep 2013
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2012
  Nov 2012
  Oct 2012
  Sep 2012
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2011
  Nov 2011
  Oct 2011
  Sep 2011
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2010
  Nov 2010
  Oct 2010
  Sep 2010
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2009
  Nov 2009
  Oct 2009
  Sep 2009
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970
  Dec 2008
  Nov 2008
  Oct 2008
  Sep 2008
  Jan 1970
  Jan 1970

 

 
 
Is this the worst wine ever?
Thu 16th Dec, 2010 - by Lachie
 

Time to come clean. This website has been far too quiet this year for a very good reason. When Dave and I started this site we kept our professional lives away from it, we never mentioned where we worked or what we did apart from vague allusions to being kind of scientists. But this year, our work lives took on such a heavy load that our website slowed to a crawl, and occasionally died for days at a time before we even noticed. The very good reason for this is that Dave and I were both PhD students, rapidly approaching the end of our research, and this is an extremely busy and stressful time for PhDs. Hence the site taking a back seat to our "real lives".

You may have noticed the past-tense in the above paragraph. Dave and I have both now (within a few months of each other) submitted our theses, and while we are not yet officialy doctors, it is one massive step closer. And today I'm going to write about a promise I made myself when I started my post-graduate education. I think it was in 2005, when my Dad - ever the man able to find strange or rare wines at bargain prices - presented me with this:



Yep. That's a can o' wine. A vintage 1998 Iron Bridge Cabernet Shiraz no less. This little 330mL can sat on the shelf in my office through a year of Honours study, and 4 and a half years of my PhD. It's moved offices 4 times, and started countless conversations (with people who knew I was a wine-head, and those who just thought I was an alco). It was about the end of my first year of PhD (when one is confirmed as a PhD candidate), that I decided - when I hand in my thesis, that can of wine is being opened. I figured it's hardly going to be corked now is it?

So this is it. That's the wine, the glass, and the thesis. I have to say, it was kind of an emotional occasion. This little can has been my constant companion through years of data collection, analysis, literature searches, poster creation, paper writing, presentation preperation, and of course thesis writing. And this was it. It was time for our relationship to come to a final, and fitting, end.

So how was it? After all the build up, the emotional attachment, the final relief. If there was justice in this world, it would have been amazing, subtle, good fruit and tannin, a touch of spice and pepper, and hints of all the wonderful berries that come to be expected in some of my favourite wines.

So is there justice in this world? In a word - no. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be good, but I did not expect it to be this bad either. I've had some bad wines in my time, a $4 Aldi special comes immediately to mind, I've also had some which have been past it, oxidised, corked etc. But this one didn't fall into any of those traditional categories. This was a bad wine in a way I've never experienced, it wasn't vinegar, it wasn't anything; it was just deeply, distrubingly awful. Seriously, if anyone ever needs to torture a wine judge at a blind tasting, I would recommend this, I would actually love to hear from someone who knew exactly what flaws they were tasting to try and find them all in this wine. I have the feeling it runs the gammut.

To be fair to the producers, I don't know what the wine was like going into the can, but I know what it was like coming out. And yes, I'm sure the 10 year maturing in can (that phrase sounds so wrong), is well beyond what the makers expected when they made this product. But as someone who truly loves wine, this little can shook me to my core. But hey, at least my PhD thesis had been handed in.

ADDENDUM: This happened some weeks ago now, reasons the site has been slow to update since this point has been a combination of illness and injury. Now Christmas is coming up and Dave is off travelling, it'll probably stay slow for a while to come. But who knows, maybe we'll get our mojo back.



0 Comments...

 

 

 

All content copyright © 2008 Gourmet Husbands. For privacy statement, please click here