Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wine in Kitchens

This should never happen, even in your home. unless you're about to cook with it. Kitchens get hot, have lots of light and vibrating appliances that jostle wine. Just in case you don't know, all of those things are bad. Plenty of restaurants around the world store wine there due to space constraints or idiocy, or both. Much too often in casual dining experiences in New Orleans I want an ice bucket for my reds. This can happen even when wine is not stored in the kitchen since our weather hardly drops below 80, even in the middle of the night, for three or four months at a time. A few weeks at less than optimal temperatures may not damage the wine severely and most casual dining spots steer clear of offering high end selections.
Kitchen storage is another thing altogether. They get away with it because the risks of consumption pale in comparison with fish stored behind the bar or chicken on a pantry shelf. While I do not believe that TV shows owe us any education, especially 'reality' versions, some should strive to present a more professional standard. Top Chef Masters stores wine in their kitchen. I will grant you it is a grand room, no doubt equipped with state of the art everything. Wine bottles decorate some walls with no apparent enclosure to ensure proper temperature. It looks neat and maybe they're "only using the wine for cooking" but it sets a bad example. I'm sure the air conditioning is top notch but I see the chefs sweat while working so the wine can't be at ideal temperature.
Oh well, I guess there are no reality shows to emulate, even one that donates all winnings to charity. Think Jersey Shore might be the shining light for us? Me either.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think you really know what the hell your talking about ole buddy. How's it going, acutally I couldn't agree with you more.