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Best red wine to "serve" fruit flies?

jubilant cerise Oct 6, 2010 06:58 PM

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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    hummingbird Oct 6, 2010 08:15 PM

    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
      jubilant cerise Oct 18, 2010 09:22 AM

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

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        coll Oct 18, 2010 01:15 PM

        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.

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      cheesemonger Oct 6, 2010 08:19 PM

      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
        soupkitten Oct 7, 2010 08:51 AM

        i think they like cheap white wine better, too!

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          jubilant cerise Oct 18, 2010 09:25 AM

          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!

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          James Cristinian Oct 7, 2010 12:06 AM

          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. sunshine842 Oct 7, 2010 02:13 AM

            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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              penthouse pup Oct 8, 2010 11:09 AM

              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.

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                wew Oct 17, 2010 02:39 PM

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

              2. re: sunshine842
                jubilant cerise Oct 18, 2010 09:26 AM

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

              3. ZenSojourner Oct 17, 2010 04:58 PM

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

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                  jubilant cerise Oct 18, 2010 09:30 AM

                  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
                    ZenSojourner Oct 18, 2010 11:10 AM

                    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.


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