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Lemongrass Infused Sauvignon Blanc

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Published December 2nd 2012
How to save a dud bottle of Sauvignon Blanc

I thought I was just so clever to find these bargain on-line bottles of Sauvignon Blanc. Savvy buy, unbelievable price, so cheap. How many times have I had a dud bottle of Sauvignon Blanc? Hardly ever! Safe bet. The wine was duly delivered and I eagerly put a bottle in the fridge in anticipation of savouring my bargain buy with some prawns. Just before serving, I gave it an extra chill by placing it in the freezer for 15 minutes, just the way like it.

I unscrewed and poured. I gave it a sniff and mmmm. A sip and mmmm. Another sip. So, only another 11 to go eh? It was frankly disappointing. A dud. I didn't feel such a genius but then, I had an Einstein moment.

Many a Sauvignon Blanc describe themselves as having lemongrass characteristics. What would happen if I placed a stalk of lemongrass in the bottle and let it infuse over night? I might just be able to save my sad Sauvignon Blanc. So I dashed out to my veggie patch and harvested a stalk. I gave it a brutal bruising with a cleaver and placed the stalk in the bottle and put it back in the fridge.

Next day, I sampled the results of my experiment and voilà! Success. A taste sensation. Sheer Genius.

So, my cheapskate Sauvignon Blancers, if you buy just one dud or a dozen dud bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, don't despair. You can save the day by trying the lemongrass infused Sauvignon Blanc trick and then tell your friends what a genius you are.
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Why? Keep your dignity in the face of failure
When: When you buy a dud bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Priceless
Your Comment
Hi, Thats a great tip, My wife fell for a similar cheap internet deal from Scoopon, she had a quick look on google and the reviews for the wine brand were all good...McLaren Vale wine is supposed to be one of Australias best how could we go wrong...Well we ended up with 6 bottles of Marlargo 2008 Rose from McLaren vale and 12 bottles of Baldivis 2006 Shiraz from Western Australian. IMHO They are so bad you can't even cook with them. Do you have any life saving tips for these or is the sink the only option? Hope you or someone else can help.
by samir (score: 2|126) 2419 days ago
Really love you creative idea. As a dedicated Sav Blanc drinker (and normally the NZ Malboroughs'), experience has told me that a dud Sav Blanc is one that is too old. (usually 2 or more years). Sav Blancs need to be drunk young and no more than 1 year old (with limited exceptions). 2012 I will only drink 2011 or 2012 models. 2010 - too old and have usually become tainted - you can taste the difference. These are usually why they are sold cheap!
by Julie White / Pictorial Girl (score: 3|1036) 2417 days ago
Well done! I'm most impressed.
by hmbor (score: 1|13) 2420 days ago
Blackwood Cellebrations has some excellent cleanskins at $10.00 a bottle, you dont need to do anything to improve them, a relief after so many duds!
by wendy (score: 0|2) 2419 days ago
Brilliant ...will certainly try this off to find a dud bottle
by mtitt (score: 0|5) 2412 days ago
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