[Avodah] Wine left out

Zev Sero via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Mon Jul 13 21:48:27 PDT 2015

On 07/13/2015 11:18 PM, Ben Waxman via Avodah wrote:
> My question to this is why is it that the Shulchan Aruch, MB and
> others take it as a given that leaving wine out worsens the taste?
> Did they not know that allowing wine to breath improves the taste, at
> least for a decent red wine (which is the type of wine they think we
> should be drinking)?

First of all, most good wines shouldn't breathe for very long.

Second, their wine was generally pretty awful by our standards;
bad enough that it needed watering to make it palatable.   They
used wild yeast, they had no pasteurization, and it was all they
could do to stop it all turning into vinegar.  I wonder how much
damage could exposure possibly do to wine that bad, but I seriously
doubt it could improve it.

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