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 A nice surprise is waiting DiWineTaste's readers in our site. We thought about a gift for all the readers coming home from their vacation and that will finally share it with all the ones who stayed home and that already had the chance to enjoy this surprise in advance. During August we in fact released a new service in our site in the hope it will be useful to the community of DiWineTaste's readers and that will allow them to express their opinion about the wine subject. EnoForum is the new forum DiWineTaste has dedicated to our loved beverage of Bacchus, a meeting place for all wine lovers where it will be possible to share opinions and grow up together, sharing one's own experiences with the others while enriching his or her own culture with everyone else's opinions. After all - every wine lover knows this - wine is a pleasure that should be shared with friends and all the people one cares of: the pleasure of uncorking a bottle together is a moment of social communion and a tribute to the good company.

 EnoForum - this is the name we have chosen for our forum about wine - is available in our site at the address www.DiWineTaste.com/english/EnoForum.php and it is also accessible by the menu found in every page of the site. Browsing the forum is free to all visitors, whereas in order to actively take part - that is to create new topics and posting messages - it is required to be registered users. The registration to EnoForum is free and allows the creation of a personalized user profile as well as allowing the full access to every EnoForum function related to the management and posting of messages. The registration procedure is very simple and it only takes few minutes as well as entering specific information about your user profile. After having filled in the form, the system will send to your e-mail address the activation code that will allow the completion of the registration. It will be enough to click on the WEB address found in the e-mail message and the registration procedure will be completed: the new user will be activated and will have full access to EnoForum.


 

 Being registered user in EnoForum - as well as allowing the active participation to the many discussions - allows the personalization of the user profile, such as choosing an identifying image, a signature for messages, messages view mode and the time zone of your country. Choosing the correct time zone adopted in the user's country allows a consistent and adequate chronological view according to the user's habits. EnoForum uses GMT time (Greenwich Mean Time) as a reference for dates and times attributed to forum's messages in order to offer an universal reference to all visitors, in particular to all the visitors of the English version of our site. By choosing the correct time zone in the user profile, EnoForum will show dates and times according to this parameter, therefore providing the user a more consistent view of the forum activity. Moreover EnoForum makes use of user ranks which are regulated by the number of messages posted in all forums. This rank simply represents the assiduity of a user, therefore the more the message posted, the higher the rank.

 Registered users can also start new topics - discussion places related to the same subject - in which all EnoForum's registered users can express their opinions. We thought about EnoForum as an open place of discussion about wine where everyone - while respecting the opinion and dignity of others - can express his or her point of view about the subject of wine as well as sharing it with others. But also a place where we all can grow up together while improving our knowledge about the vast and charming world of wine. We wish EnoForum to become all that, a reference point for DiWineTaste's readers where they can meet and talk about wine in the aim of spreading and improving the worldwide wine culture. We certainly understand that talking about wine and tasting wine are two completely different things: thousand words or million of words will never be enough to explain something that only senses can make everyone understand in just a moment. However we are aware of the fact that remaining hidden in one's own shell without having the privilege of sharing what one is or has, is something silly that only a fool cannot understand. This is another reason which convinced us to release EnoForum in the aim of having people to share their experiences with everyone: what one has can be useful to everyone and what everyone has can be useful to someone.

 We invite you to visit EnoForum's pages and to become a registered user by filling in the registration form: you will then have full access to all forums about wine already available and to all the others available in future. We remind you the registration is free and it only takes few minutes of your time. EnoForum is available in two distinct versions: one in the Italian section of the site and the other in the English version. There are no functional differences between the two versions and both offer the very same functions. The only difference is about the language to be used in forum's topics and - in a more specific way - the English version is destined to all readers and visitors who live in every country of the world and that however speak English. It should be however observed the registration to EnoForum allows users to have full access to both linguistic versions, therefore a user who has registered in the Italian version can also take part to the English version of EnoForum and vice versa. The only recommendation is to make use of the appropriate language according to the EnoForum version.

 A final word should be said for the EnoForum software project: we would like to remember all of our readers and all visitors that the current version just represents a starting point and not a final destination. In “technical” terms, it is only the first release which will certainly be improved and developed in the next months, also thanks to your support. The current version already has many characteristics and functions in order to allow a full and functional usage for browsing and managing messages. Like always, your support, your suggestions and feedback will be extremely useful in order to improve this new service. After all, this is just another step of our journey and we hope it will take us ahead - we certainly wish together with you all - in order to fulfill one of our goals which was - and still is - the spreading of wine culture. We sincerely wish this new service will be useful and appreciated for you all and that will be for all of us a place where sharing and understanding wine better as well as sharing opinions and experiences. Enjoy EnoForum!

 



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 In this column are published our reader's mail. If you have any comment or any question or just want to express your opinion about wine, send your letters to our editorial or fill in the form available at our site.

 

I often hear saying fish goes with white wine and this seems to be a very common habit and practically indisputable. Why fish cannot be matched to red wines?
Kathleen Gordon -- Portland, Oregon (USA)
Probably the most famous saying concerning the world of wine is the one you mentioned, that is “fish goes with white wine”. Indeed this certainly is an approximate and too much common assertion which is well established in people's habits. Fish can be happily matched to red wine, provided the type of fish, the type of cooking and the wine are going to be carefully evaluated, in other words - of course - they should be followed the fundamental rules applied to any wine-food matching. It is more likely red wines are prejudicially excluded from the possibilities of the matching with fish because of the metallic taste that can be often perceived in this matching, therefore believing - erroneously - this is simply the norm. The metallic taste is probably caused by a chemical reaction between phosphates contained in fish and iron traces bound to the tannins of wine, in particular to pigments. This could explain the reason why red wine is frequently avoided with fish, however this inconvenience only happens with tannic red wines. In case a red wine is not tannic - such as many Pinot Noirs - it can be happily matched to fish, or better to say, with certain recipes made of fish. Non tannic red wines - or moderate tannic red wines - can be well matched to fish prepared with elaborated and succulent cooking techniques, such as roasted fish, stewed fish and elaborated fish soups.



Is the glass used for wine tasting really important or is it just a simple suggestion?
Helmut Schweinhardt -- Rüdesheim (Germany)
Dear reader, maybe the huge attention paid on wine glasses has made people believe it is just a fashionable accessory, without having other technical functions saved the utility of containing the wine to be tasted. Indeed the shape and size of a glass play a determinant and fundamental role in the correct perception and correct appreciation of wine's organoleptic qualities. The shape and size of a wine glass is not determined according to aesthetical or cultural tastes - even though we must admit these factors however play a role - indeed they are made according to specific technical, geometrical and mechanical considerations. In particular it is the ratio between the surface of contact of wine and the volume of air contained in the glass, as well as the quantity of wine in the glass and its volume. In case you wish to know more about the importance of wine glasses in the organoleptic tasting of wine, we suggest you reading the reports “ISO Tasting Glass”, “Wine Glasses” and “Wine Glasses” available at our WEB site and in DiWineTaste's back issues.



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