corked. Can anything be done? Food scientist Harold McGee shared an intriguing tip for saving corked wine using a piece of plastic wrap. In a 2009 column for The New York Times, McGee shared this piece of advice on how to deal with corked wine from Andrew Waterhouse, a professor of wine chemistry: pour the tainted wine into a bowl with plastic wrap.
"It's kind of messy, but very effective in just a few minutes," he said. The culprit molecule in infected corks, 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, is chemically similar to polyethylene and sticks to the plastic.Does this trick really transform the wine into something drinkable? The San Francisco Chronicle gave it a try and found that while the method did get rid of "obvious corkiness," the wine wasn't restored to its original state. I'm curious about giving the method a try the next time I end up with a corked bottle of wine.
Read more: • For a Tastier Wine, the Next Trick Involves... at The New York Times • Testing a Fix for Corked Wine at the San Francisco ChronicleHave you ever tried this trick? Related: Is Cork the Best Wine Stopper? (Image: Kati Molin/Shutterstock)