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Oct 6, 2010 06:58 PM

Best red wine to "serve" fruit flies?

There must be something in particular that fruit flies like in their red wine. I put out this blend (? as listed on the bottle: merlot, cabernet, gamay and pinot noir) and they wouldn't touch it. But they love zinfandel - and paid the price... Anyone else notice what kind of red wine fruit flies like best?

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  1. I didn't know they were so picky. I use cider vinegar, and I know they also love beer. Sorry can't help you in the red wine department, but I'm sure others will pipe in soon. GL

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    1. re: hummingbird

      Thanks for the tip on using vinegar, it worked really well!

      1. re: jubilant cerise

        Cider vinegar is the man, I buy it by the gallon anyway. But if I have a glass with a little wine or beer in it leftover at the end of the night, then it gets a litttle shower cap too.

    2. I use cheap white wine and cheap vinegar + 1 drop dish soap. Works beautifully. no need to fret, use whatever you have. I like to use white wine to revel over my catch. Maybe you can't see them in your reds?

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      1. re: cheesemonger

        i think they like cheap white wine better, too!

        1. re: cheesemonger

          I tried the blended wine with soap and also without soap but they wouldn't fall for it. They definitely liked the zindfandel though, even without the soap!

        2. I once had a fly do a merengue dance around the rim of a modestly priced chardonnay at a restaurant, and after completing the 360 degree journey he promptly fell in and died. The wine was quickly replaced.

          1. whatever funky old crap is in the bottle that you didn't finish the other night.

            If it' starting to whiff a little, even better.

            I put mine in a custard dish, covered it in plastic wrap, and popped several holes in it with a toothpick. Took a couple of days, but they were gone.

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            1. re: sunshine842

              Thirty years ago, I bought a bottle of Cote Rotie...and as I was about to open it (putting the bottle
              up to light), what do I see within but a winged thing--not a fly, but more like a big fruit fly--Yes, I drank
              the wine...and the creature probably enjoyed a last taste, as well.

              1. re: penthouse pup

                Please send to wine board. This will lift their spirits.

              2. re: sunshine842

                The plastic wrap is a very good tip, thanks! It helped a lot. :)

              3. So glad to know I'm not the only one who traps fruit flies in this manner . . . .

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                1. re: ZenSojourner

                  I had heard about this for awhile and thought it was such a handy tip that I was kind of excited to try it out. So I was suprised that the wine I used didn't work and thought it must have something to do with the kind of wine.

                  Now that I know apple cider vinegar works too, it'll be a lot less costly for me to get rid of them. I don't have red in the house very often - my partner had a bad teenage experience with some and has sworn it off forever, lol!

                  1. re: jubilant cerise

                    What, you don't keep any around for cooking???

                    Quelle horreur! (Imagine an image of "The Scream" here)


                    I pour a tiny amount into an empty bottle and set that out uncorked. A small amount seems to attract them just as well. Just enough to drown them - and they's itty bitty so it doesn't take that much, LOL!

                    I'm such a bad Buddhist! But perhaps it is their karma. They choose to give into the temptation of intoxicants and so endanger themselves, thus hurrying their transition on the Wheel of Life.