There's nothing worse than opening up a bottle of wine and being hit with the smell of dank, wet cardboard the moment you lift the glass to your nose. It's 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.
• For a Tastier Wine, the Next Trick Involves... at The New York Times
• Testing a Fix for Corked Wine at the San Francisco Chronicle
Have you ever tried this trick?
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