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Yes, I use H2O2 to purify and oxidize my pre-1980 pennies for getting rid of SO2, etc... cheaper, easier than the spray. My "Penny Trick" works for all the 'good stuff' made with sulfur-binding yeast so popular in Burgundy & elsewhere. Just don't use modern pennies; they're copper coated zinc & those two metals are synergistic poisons. Kids who swallow the new coins go to the ER! Stupid money! Lovely old Burgundies, etc... blossom with fruit without the Sulfur.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2013 on Spray and go--or no go So2 at The Feiring Line
Viruses, except for mosquito [why aren't they extinct?] bites, are obsolete for humans: because something in Elderberry juice prevents viral infection of mucous membranes, but raises the immune system, use this protocol: eye drops [1 ml juice in 1 litre of eyewash (or add to contact lens solution) twice daily AND gargle twice daily with 1 ml of the juice. Vegan. Juice available without alcohol. Because the immune system is unchanged in 150 volunteers after 2 years +, this is safe for children, immune irregulars & during pregnancy. Be healthy! How do we protect vines? Working on it.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on Giving thanks for Abe Schoener at The Feiring Line
The lemon juice et al will make one thirsty & that's good. The low blood pressure [alcohol dilates capillaries] can be reversed with a small sprig of Feverfew, [about an inch wide] a vasoconstrictor good for migraines & hot flashes. Take carefully. Its bitterness will also provoke hydration.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2012 on A yogic hangover cure at The Feiring Line
As wonderfully ecological as organic is, especially for the environment, biodynamic is the equivalent of probiotics for the vineyard. Whenever I express it this way, everybody gets it.
For the first wine, sucker grapes from the almost universal American rootstock in Europe got into the wine. [This used to be a serious problem in Greece, too. Thanks, Pop] A little V. labrusca goes a long way. The problem in the Santa Cruz Mountain and most North Coast appellations is Eucalyptus in proximity to the vineyards. Ever have Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Heitz? Much OZ plonc suffers from the flavor, too. My Greek-American mother said it reminded her of bad Retsina. It is a quality of terroir I don't care for much, either.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2011 on Rosh Hashanah 5772 Wines at The Feiring Line
Q1] So is it worth 8 bottles of the organic Chardonnay Brut from Argentina? Q2] While Parker likes a LOT of wines I could never drink with food, that doesn't mean their strange [to me] purpose isn't valid, if that's what Nature gave us. Mostly these wines are manipulated for that end, so isn't that a costly waste of effort?
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2010 on A Champagne for Us at The Feiring Line
I was serving instead of judging at the California State Fair in 1986 or '87 when a table called me over and offered me $50 to even put any of a 1984 Norton [a native grape grown throughout the Midwest] from Missouri. They made a lame "show-me" reference. The wine was fecal, volital and oxidized all at once and I feared the infection I would get [just like them] if it was ingested. I did get off a good line: "Norton, you forgot to take your boots off before you stomped the grapes" in a passable Honeymooners voice. It smelled like bad wine aerated with natural gas' scent of mercaptans. Dangerous. We labeled the samples "NO smoking let alone drinking"
By the way, the penny trick [using pre 1981 peroxided pennies to get rid of excess sulfur in wines-CuO2 + Sulfites or sulfides --> CuSO4+H2O] works on metabisulfites too. No more asthma attacks Chez Hollis from sulfites!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on My Love Affair With Sulfur at The Feiring Line
Even the Safeway O Dijon is better and strong, but the whole grain organic Dijon from Trader Joe's is even better. Enjoy
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on My Love Affair With Sulfur at The Feiring Line
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