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New one for me.............. effect of a pear on top of a wine decanter.

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New one for me.............. effect of a pear on top of a wine decanter.

Midlife | Aug 28, 2011 11:46 PM

OK................ so a couple that was doing a tasting with me today seemed to be more than casually knowledgeable about wine. Partway through the tasting they relate the following:

They had decanted a red wine in a rather wide mouth decanter and decided to leave the leftover half of it sit over night. Unable to find find the glass top, they placed a pear on top to make sure no fruit flies got into it. The next night, they insist, the wine had taken on a definite pear-essence................. and the pear had dried out quite a bit and browned.

What happened to the pear is unusual for just one night, I suppose, but the effect on the wine is totally mystifying to me. I suppose that gases and aroma in the wine might rise to the top of the decanter and effect the pear, but I', not familiar with what might have caused anything in the pear to interact with the wine, especially over the distance between it and the wine in a standard , half-full decanter. Something in chemistry, physics that explains this????? Or wishful thinking?

Jason...... marialorraine......Bill................... anyone??????

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