12/19/2009

Drinking with The Wine Whore: A Piece of Cakebread

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Tonight I dug into my cellar to celebrate a relaxing and seductive Saturday night with my two favorite ladies: my wife, and a bottle of Cakebread Cabernet.

Like a good Pam and Tommy video, I've posted my affair on the internet for your viewing pleasure:




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25 comments:

Rachel said...

You keep your cabs in a fridge?! How long do you chill it? We never chill reds but do keep it in a cellar where, it's a little cooler than the rest of the house.

drinknectar said...

Randy, I loved the slow mo - P.S. like the cool new features you've incorporated into the blog! I can't wait to hop on your couch.

The Wine Whore said...

That's a great question! I have two wine fridges. One holds 8 bottles and the other holds 12... other than that I have a closet which I store all of the other bottles and a fridge out in the garage for the whites.

The funny part is that I actually like my reds pretty warm...so why do I keep 'em in a wine fridge? Well, during the day, the temperature in my house varies almost 10 degrees since we usually turn the air conditioning up when we leave the house.

That's where the wine fridge comes in... Although it probably doesn't REALLY make a difference, I put my favorite bottles in the wine fridges not to chill 'em but more so just to keep 'em stored in a steady controlled temperature.

I really wish I had a basement or at least a room where I could store this stuff without torturing them with crazy temps.

Any ideas on how I could store 'em better? Whenever I open when of these bottles, I let it sit out for at least a half hour to bring it closer to room temperature. Even in doing that, I still feel like the temp change shocks the wine and makes it tight :(

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thanks Josh! I'm still trying to figure out how to use my Flip and MS Movie Maker... since I'm kinda just hanging around the house tonight, this was a fun project for my wife and I to work on... don't you feel like that slow motion scene every time you open a nice bottle? :)

I can't wait for you to hop up onto the couch! Also really looking forward to our tag team Kiona tasting!

Alana said...

Hysterical...nice opening. I was dying with suspense...

A wine refriderator is the same thing as a cellar but smaller. 58 degrees constant. Take out the reds 10 minutes before serving, put the whites in the regular fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Rachel said...

I never even thought of this issue. Tricky. We're "lucky" from a wine perspective. We have an old-fashioned cellar and it's good for wine storage but still not ideal because you can't control the temp. You can see our shelves on my wine secrets post. I bet a fridge is your best bet for temp. control.

The Wine Whore said...

Thanks Alana!

My movie making and acting skillz have a long way to go before I ever get an Emmy or Grammy, or whatever award they give for wine blog videos! :)

In any case, I had fun making it, and that's the best part!

I've been keeping my fridges at 55 degrees... is that too cold? You're right, a good 10-20 minutes and the wine is back to a good temp.

That old-school cellar actually sounds really cool! I'm going to go check out the pics... does the temp stay pretty flat even without any way to control it or do you get a lot of fluctuations like I do?

Rachel said...

I don't really check but I think we have fluctuations with the temp. I'm pretty sure I can find out this info. hmmmm. Do I detect a post on this topic in the future?

The Wine Whore said...

Rachel, are those bottles stored upright or is that shot of your shelves taken overlooking the bottles? Looks like you've got a nice collection! :)

The Wine Whore said...

This would totally make a great topic for a future post!

Rachel said...

I pulled the bottles out to show the labels and took the shot from above, standing next to the shelves! I was trying to be artsy. :)

did you ever have the J.Lohr cab?

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! It's a great shot! Just wanted to make sure I was looking at it right... after all, I have been drinking! :)

The Lohr Cab is pretty good stuff... I need to get a bottle or two for my collection! I like your taste in full bodied reds!

Jenna said...

Great video - Cakebread is one of my favorites!

Richard Auffrey said...

A wine fridge is good to store your wines as the best fridges will keep the wines at a steady proper temp, around 55 degrees or so, plus be humidity controlled. I have one of the Vinotemps that holds about 260 wines. ThoughnI originally started with one that only held 16 wines. I just eventually outgrew it.

I had a Cakebread about a week or so ago at a wine party, and it was delicious, one of the favorite wines of the night.

The Wine Whore said...

Thanks Jenna! It's amazing what can get accomplished on a lazy Saturday night when you have some nice wine to drink! Any vino for you last night?

Richard- Now THAT's what I need to get! How long did it take you to fill that one up?

Was it the Cakebread Cab or the Chard? Also, I'm trying to figure out if there is a difference in quality between the 2006 and the 2005 Cab... 2006 seems to have a little less character and I wasn't sure if it was just my memory of the 2005 getting the best of me! :)

Anonymous said...

Below the freeze/thaw depth (look up for your area) the temperature of the ground stays around 55F. If you build a cellar by digging a hole in the backyard and maybe form with concrete and put a door you would end up with the coolest (not temp) cellar in town.

If you don't want to spend money on my cellar idea or have one built ($15-20000) for a temperature controlled wine cellar, then a corner in the unfinished part of your basement (if you live where that is possible) is best. Below grade concrete will be around that 55F temp unless you have heating or A/C in your basement and then the ambient temperatures will overcome the steady ground temperatures.

If you build a wine cellar in your house please don't buy one of those crappy wall units. I have had problems with mine. Replaced 3 in 3 years. Best is to have a split system that is essentially a real airconditioning system like you have in your house. A little more expensive but worth it.

MVineyards (Brent Beecham) www.montaluce.com
Had to post anonymous. Doesn't like me posting with profile????

The Wine Whore said...

That's a lot of great information!

Unfortunately where I live (FL), if I tried to dig a hole in my backyard, I'd just have a big pile of muddy water :( One day, I'll move somewhere where I can enjoy having a basement. Until then, I'm stuck using AC and wine fridges to get by! :)

I promise I didn't make it prevent you from posting with your profile... sometimes the stupid Google comment engine has issues.... I'm thinking to switching to Intense Debate, any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

We've built houses in holes that from the first shovel full leaked water. Waterproofing properly kept the water out. May work for cellar.

MVineyards

The Wine Whore said...

Hmmm... I think I've got a new project for the Holiday break! :)

Seriously though, thank you for the insight and ideas! Any pictures of your cellar that you could share? I bet it totally kicks ass!

Richard Auffrey said...

It did not take too long to fill up. When I got the fridge, I probably had about 75 wines already. And then I just kept buying more wine, at least having a place to keep them. It seems that you always fill whatever size fridge you have.

And I sometimes still can't fit all of my wine in the fridge.

Anonymous said...

Just emailed you some photos.

MVineyards

The Wine Whore said...

That's crazy and awesome at the same time! I wonder who in the world has the biggest or most expensive wine collection? I want to party with him/her! :)

MVineyards- Thanks for sending the pics... your cellar looks amazing... now I know EXACTLY what I want for Christmas! Think Santa does custom wine cellars? :)

Jenna said...

What a dream - to have a custom wine cellar. You may have heard that I am on a mission to collect enough corks for my one day custom cellar floor to be made of..

Also, wanted to share my recent white wine, holiday picks video. Cakebread is the best and I think that their Sauvignon Blanc is what I use to measure every Sauvignon Blanc against. Still haven't found one better!
http://vimeo.com/8280487

Kate said...

Yum - Nice choice with the Cakebread Cabernet!
Like you, I keep my nicer wines that I am cellaring (red or white) in my little wine fridge. Its set at 55 degrees as well.

Have you visited their winery in Napa? We did their sensory tasting experience this past Summer. Pretty fantastic in helping you develop your palate.

The Wine Whore said...

I wasn't sure if 55 was too low, but it seems to be working! Have you had any trouble with your fridge or this temp?

I have NOT, but this will be one of my stops on my next trip! I've heard that they are a bit "snobby"... any truth to that rumor?

Sensory tasting experience? That sounds cool! How does it work?

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