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A Tool for your Toolkit, how to remove Red Wine Stains

There’s nothing worse than spilling wine. Here’s a new way to clean it up that you’ve probably never thought of but has the science behind it to prove that it works.

Red wine is a culprit in many types of stains: carpet, clothes, teeth, and countertops to name a few. Just as it leaves many types of stains there are also many old wives tales about how to clean it up, ranging from windex to white wine. Yes, white wine. Oddly enough, white wine isn’t that far off the mark.

Next time you spill white on the carpet, head to the bar to make the stain disappear without a trace but don’t grab a bottle of Chardonnay! Instead, look for a clear liquor like vodka or gin. Pour the spirit directly onto the stain and sop it up by applying pressure to the wet stain with a rag, old tee shirt or paper towels if you have nothing else on hand.

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An Argument Against Aging Wine

Aging wine is something people hear but never understand. Does it turn to vinegar? Does it make it better? Unless you’re a serious collector, aging isn’t something you should think about as most of the wine you buy is most likely for the purpose of drinking. And, as news out of North Carolina is showing, age doesn’t always make for a better wine.

It was a fascinating discovery: a bottle of wine from 150 years ago found in the Mary-Celestia, a ship that wrecked off of Bermuda in 1864. The boat was delivering supplies to the Confederacy when it hit a reef and sank. In 2011 divers found several bottles of wine, perfume, clothing and accessories including pearl buttons. The wine, of course, made a stir in the wine world.

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