Fungus developing inside a broken bottle of Quevedo LBV 2003

Residue left on a bottle of Quevedo LBV 2003 - 3 years of evaporationAnyone has any idea of what is this on the photo? This is one of the most interesting things I learnt in the last weeks. I’ll explain where this comes from. We were preparing two of the four remaining pallets of LBV 2003 to send to Denmark when we found a purple stain on the side of one of the pallets, reaching some half a dozen of cases. I thought that it was a bottle that broke some time ago and spilled Port over the cases underneath.

We moved all the clean cases to another pallet and finally we found the case responsible for all this extra work. In the case there were 5 bottles in perfect conditions and one broken bottle, as expected. But surprisingly, the bottle was not broken in the bottom but by the shoulder. So the Port that was above the breaking ring spilled but the rest remained there and in contact with oxygen, a ball of fungus started developing the way you see it on the photo.

Broken bottles also teach us some lessons!


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  1. Jeff Thursday June 10th, 2010 | reply
    Is that Mycoderma? Port Vinegar?
  2. oscar Friday June 11th, 2010 | reply
    Right Jeff, it may be Mycoderma aka flowers of wine. What really surprises me is to see that during these months since the bottle broke, all the liquid evaporated from the glass, which was in a close cardboard with very reduced ventilation. Nice article about this here
  3. jeff Friday June 11th, 2010 | reply
    Great opportunity to start a Vinegar mother. Can you imagine a small barrel of family port vinegar aged in barrel for a 100 years??? You would have vinegar that rivals those of Moderna!!
  4. oscar Sunday June 13th, 2010 | reply
    Actually we have a barrel of vinegar but we are not big fans of vinegar. Port vinegar is much more difficult to achieve, but this ball of fungus could be a good beginning!
  5. jeff Tuesday June 15th, 2010 | reply
    Forgot to ask, when are you swinging by ny? any chance on july 7th?
  6. Oscar Quevedo Wednesday June 16th, 2010 | reply
    I'll send you an email. Actually I'll be in NY on June 20th and 21st.

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