From a Half-Bottle, a Whole New Opportunity


Wine to Keep on Your Radar

Anani Lawson, sommelier at New York City's Per Se, highlights wines that are often overlooked, but a good value for everyone--even wine savvy 'types.'

As a single mother, there are many nights when I feel like having a glass of wine but I hate to open a full bottle and not finish it. (That makes me sound like a lush, doesn’t it?)

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So when Anani Lawson, expert sommelier at Per Se, Thomas Keller’s premiere restaurant in Manhattan, stopped by with a bunch of half- bottles, I was thrilled.

In the past, the good vineyards didn’t want to produce a half-bottle--they cost more to produce, and it’s not often people want to pay more for less.

There are some drawbacks for the wine, too. Wine in a half-bottle ages faster because of the greater ratio of air to wine. Remember, the greater a wine’s exposure to oxygen, the more rapidly it ages. So the wine simply evolves too fast in a smaller bottle.

But on the flip side, there are some serious perks to a half-bottle, other than me looking for a night cap. It’s easily portable, and there’s rarely anything left over to save or pour out.  Not to mention, half-bottles are especially suited to tasting menus.

So like all things, there are pros and cons.  But if you are interested, check out a site like Half Wit Wines.  There are tons of amazing wines offered in half-bottles.

I, for one, am interested. Mainly because I will sleep better knowing I did not leave a bottle of wine unfinished.

Cent ‘Anni.

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