Wine stains 9-16-2015

Drink enough red wine and you are going to spill red wine. On clothes, tablecloths, rugs, maybe all of the above in one big, dramatic cataclysm.

What do you do?

Old salt trick. Works best on carpets: blot up as much wine as possible as quickly as possible; cover stain with salt until you can’t see stain. Allow salt to soak up wine and dry, then vacuum it all up.

Boiling water. Tablecloth cleaner: boil water, secure stained part of tablecloth over a bowl, stretch cloth taught (secure with rubber band or some other means), and pour boiling water on stain from a height of about a foot above stain.

Dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Good for clothes; mix equal parts and pour over wine stain, let it soak, then launder normally. Works best on lighter colored cloth as hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching element.

White vinegar and laundry detergent. Works on darker clothes; cover stain in white vinegar then rub in the detergent and launder in hot water.

Bleach. Works best on white fabrics. Soak fabric in bleach for 15 minutes, launder in hot water.

Go pro. If above don’t do it, take cloth or garment to professional cleaner. They’ll do the best they can, and if that doesn’t work, enjoy your new wine-stained rag. Try one of the first five tips first as soon as possible—the first line of defense is attacking the stain as quickly as possible.

Tasting notes:

• Giesen New Zealand Riesling 2013: Past off-dry and moving into medium-sweet; crowd pleaser to those who enjoy a blush of fruity sweetness; acidity will placate those who prefer drier style. $14

• Pedernales Cellars Texas Tempranillo 2012: Seriously good serious red wine at a fair price (which doesn’t always happen with Texas bottlings). Enjoy. $17

• Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay 2012. Solid, vividly clean expression of chardonnay. Robert Parker wrote: “This well-made chardonnay is a steal at $18 per bottle.” I agree. $18

• Messina Hof Pinot Noir Barrel Reserve NV: Rich, jammy, sweet fruit-forward. If you are Apothic-Yellow Tail fan, this will please you. $14

Last round: I enjoy surrounding myself with people who share my love of wine, inappropriate comments, sarcasm, and random foolishness.

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