Feb 2009 issue
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NOTEBOOK, CALENDAR, HOT PICKSService Tip Detecting and disarming wet dogs Tasting guests’ wine before serving can help avoid pouring corked bottles, but is frowned on by many patrons. Still, it’s our job to disarm those combustible cardboard culprits, also known as “wet dogs,” before they fully detonate on innocent palates. I use tableside decanting for more than separating out sediment or helping a hard wine open up; it’s also a secret weapon in detecting TCA bombs. Here’s how it works: After the guest agrees t...
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