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Is it Corked??

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Fermenting (38)
Location: CA, US

Oct 23, 2008 12:09 PM

We opened a bottle last night and I swear it was corked but my boyfriend disagreed.

How exactly can you tell??

Newbie (2)
Location: CA, US

Oct 23, 2008 01:07 PM

I would tend to say that you would absolutely know if the wine is corked. It smells like gym shoes, or wet cardboard. It's just not pleasant at all.

If you two had differing opinions, it either wasn't corked or it was in the very early stages where the signes aren't as obvious.

That's how I can describe it.

Anyone else wanna have a go at it?

Newbie (5)
Location: CA, US

Oct 31, 2008 01:48 PM

Whatever you do don't pick up the cork at a restaurant and smell it.

Newbie (3)
Location: IL, US

Nov 03, 2008 09:10 PM

TCA has many tell tale signs but the bottom line is some people are more sensitive than others. Wet cardboard is a great tell but a bleach or chlorine component lets you know there are elevated levels of TCA. Some wines don't smell corked but the fruit is gone and the finish is dull, telling me that the wine is corked. Other wines may seem corked but open up after some exposure to air - it is hard to tell. There are people who actually enjoy corked wines but I really can't get past the nose.

You should pick up the cork at a restaurant. You can smell if the wine is corked and you canfell if teh wine has been stored properly. Look for red lines running to the end of the cork like the bottle started seeping or was cooked. If you see or smell any problems with the cork send the bottle back. I cringe to think of how many bottles get consumed at restaurants because people are afraid to say something.

Anyway, many people disagree whether a wine is corked or not and no one will ever really know. Even if the bottle is off you should be able to exchange it for a new bottle to see if you were right!


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