Tips for Taking Care of your Wine

Imagine the distaste when you open a bottle of wine on a fine evening with friends and family only to find out at first sip, something seem to be horribly wrong with the wine.

Not to worry much, you are not alone. Virtually everyone at one time or another have had to deal with the experience of wine faults, but there are a few tips and trick to help keep your wine in the desirable state that it should be.

I will be sharing with you some wine faults and ways to ensure that your wine never goes off again.

Cooked Wine

Some types of wine such as the Portuguese fortified wine, Madeira is made delicious by cooking. Cooking creates and activates its unique flavor but same cannot be said for your standard table wine.

Cooked wine is one of the most common wine faults and it occurs as a direct result of improper storage. When the standard table wine is subjected to high and fluctuating temperatures, it loses its distinct taste, flavor and aroma and often times start to smell like cooked fruit or carries a nutty aroma.

In order to stop your wine from getting cooked, prevention is the key. Avoid storage spaces that are susceptible to temperature fluctuations and heat, Attics, car trunks and kitchens should be off limits. Store your wine in a cool, dark room free from temperature fluctuations.

Wine Smells like Matchsticks

The culprit here is Sulphur. Sulphur is a commonly used preservative in winemaking, and it is used to curtail oxidation and kill off any lingering bacteria or yeast.

If your wine is affected by this preservative, leaving it with the matchsticks smell, the best option to get your wine back in great shape is to decant, swivel and let to sit for a while before pouring into your glass. Pour the wine into a decanter and let it sit still for a few moments, swivel and allow to sit again before pouring into glasses. By this time, the wine should have lost all smell of Sulphur.

Sulphur contamination is quite easy to fix.

Your Wine Is Oxidized

You are having a great weekend and you feel like celebrating, you pop open your wine, fill your glass only to notice that it doesn’t look right. The color is a shade of brown instead of its typical brilliant hue. When you try to inhale the aroma, you notice the wine has lost its freshness and smells more like bruised fruit, or worse, vinegar.

There are few wines that are deliberately oxidized, for example the sherry and some other styles of wine tucked in various parts of the world, but just as a little oxygen can be a good thing, too much can spell disaster.

To help stop oxidation, you can store your wine on its side so that the contents keep in contact with the cork, but if it’s too late, you can always make a tasty vinaigrette.

Oftentimes with wine faults, there isn’t much you can do. The best course of action to keep your wine in great shape is prevention. Buy from reliable merchants, store correctly, and you will be fine.


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