How to Uncork Corked Wine
One of the most disappointing experiences on this earth is to open a bottle of wine, only to find the bottle has been "corked."
It smells horrible, and if you've ever got around to tasting it you know why it's a bad idea. The bad smell and taste are because of trichloranisole (TCA) in the wine, often introduced by the cork or barrel. But you don't care about that, right? You just care about how to make it go away - and we've found some advice about how to do just that, especially if the corkage is relatively minor. Here's a hint - all it takes is some Saran Wrap.
In a glass pitcher, wad up roughly a square foot of Saran Wrap or other polyethylene plastic wrap. Pour the tainted wine over the plastic wrap in the pitcher. Expose all of the wine to the plastic wrap by gently swirling the wine in the pitcher for five or 10 minutes. The more pronounced the taint, the longer the wine should be exposed to the plastic wrap. For stubborn cases, repeat the plastic soak with a fresh wad of wrap.
Pour out a small amount of wine to test the results and when the taint is gone, decant the wine into another container. Toss the plastic and enjoy the wine.
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Posted by Head Wino at March 28, 2007 7:22 AM