Ok so things are getting a wee bit desperate when these things start happening…

We are standing at our daughters netball game, and one of the gorgeous Mums there tells us a story of how when the found out that BAIE Wines was sold out she hid some bottles of Pinot Gris… and whilst couldn’t resist drinking one a while back, had saved her last one til Easter Sunday.

Or another divine BAIE Wines devotee emails us to let us know she scored the last known case of BAIE Rose’ in Geelong as she had promised her Sydney girlfriend that they would be drinking BAIE Rose’ on her trip down to the Bellarine

This is getting real people!! And while those grapes are doing all the right things and under watchful attention being crafted into some damn fine BAIE Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose’ and Shiraz there are some of us who are missing them!!

So keep an eye on our Facebook Page for a little bit of fun we are having with ‘ Have you been missing your BAIE?’ stories. We will be asking people who are missing their BAIE Wines to take a photo of where they would normally be sipping their BAIE Wines… but aren’t – think empty glass next to a cheese platter… sad face with nothing in the bottle…… or any lucky soul who still has some left …. a pic of them enjoying it (to make the rest of us jealous of course). Winner will be treated to a twin pack of their favourite BAIE Wines – because yes we have about 2 bottles hidden too that we are happy to share for those who are missing… or savouring , the last of their BAIE.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

SIMON
Simon is a Husband, Dad and Farmer – first and foremost, and what you see is what you get… and that’s what we all love about him. Calm, solid and dependable – he’s the guy that you go to when you need a steady hand and the gods’ honest truth (even if you don’t like it some time!) We are so very glad to have him heading up what we do as he sure does know what he’s doing in all aspects of the vineyard and farm… having studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University, after which he spent a number of years working in various government and corporate agricultural roles.

It was his passion for family, farming and vineyards led him back to the Bellarine – where many of his childhood weekends were spent. Simon now farms crops and cattle across the Bellarine, is the vitculturalist at BAIE Park and runs the wine business with Nadine, whilst raising their young family. He is also the president of the Geelong Wine Association and is passionate about promoting Geelong as a premium wine region. Needless to say he’s a happy (but busy) man.

FANCY WINE FACTS

How long does wine last once opened?

So you’ve knocked back that oh so necessary glass of vino on a Monday night… but you were planning on an alcohol free week… what to do with the rest of the bottle – (and no, drinking the rest of it on Monday night, is not part of our helpful hints below).  Here’s a few guidelines to follow and how to help your wine last longer

Sparkling Wine

1–3 days in the fridge with a sparkling wine stopper. Sparkling wines lose their fizz quickly after opening. A method traditional such as Champagne, will last a little longer than a tank method sparkling wine. The traditional method wines have more bubbles in them when they’re bottled, which is why they tend to last longer.

Full-Bodied White Wine

3–5 days in fridge with a cork Full-bodied white wines, like oaked Chardonnay tend to oxidise more quickly because they saw more oxygen during their pre-bottling ageing process.

Light White, Sweet White and Rosé Wine

5–7 days in fridge with a cor.k Most light white and rosé wines will be drinkable for up to a week when stored in the fridge. You’ll notice the taste will change subtly after the first day, as the wine oxidizes, so that the wines become less fruity or vibrant.

Red Wine

3–5 days in a cool dark place with a cork The more tannin and acidity the red wine has, the longer it tends to last after opening. So, a light red with very little tannin, won’t last open as long as a rich red.  Many red wines will even improve after the first day open.

How to help them last longer

Wines can last for a number of days after you have opened them , though you can do a few things to help it last longer. 1) Refrigerate the wine. Wines go “off” once they have been open because they are interacting with oxygen while warm. Cool the wine and you slow down the rate of those reactions. 2) Removing the oxygen from the bottle helps to prevent those reactions from happening. 3 tricks are to: a) Transfer the wine to a smaller bottle.  b) Use a vacuum pump to evacuate the air from your bottle. c)Add an inert gas to your bottle so that it forms a protective blanket over the wine’s surface. These are commonly sold in many wine accessory stores.

So look after those precious bottles of BAIE Wines if you have a sneaky stash at your place, and we cross our hearts we are working our hardest to get some to you all to have open and on your kitchen bench in no time.

Cheers

Nadine and Simon Kuc