Cool I'm a wine newbie here, but at a tasting a few years back, there was a bottle ending up corked, and the somm wanted all of us to 'experience' a corked wine. The wine smelled of cardboard, or newspaper, and tasted similar. A very distinct difference. One, once experienced, you would be able to recognize if you came upon it again.
D, practical tips. Thanks much.

By the way, "a few years back", disqualifies you as a "newbie."

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Originally posted by Darlene:
Cool I'm a wine newbie here, but at a tasting a few years back, there was a bottle ending up corked, and the somm wanted all of us to 'experience' a corked wine. The wine smelled of cardboard, or newspaper, and tasted similar. A very distinct difference. One, once experienced, you would be able to recognize if you came upon it again.
Sancho,

Thing is, folks have varying levels of tolerance for TCA, what often gives "corked" wines their funk. I'm not that succeptable, which I think is a good thing. I went to a tasting this past summer and a particular wine caused some to crinkle their noses at first sniff, and others to sip merrily and wonder what the fuss was all about.

But, sooner or later, you'll have one that you consider to be "corked." I opened a 2004 Shingleback Shiraz last night that to me, without question was corked. I could smell it instantly on the cork, and the wine has a weird, musty smell and taste. I'm taking it back to Costco first chance I get.
One thing to mention is that you can detect it more in some wines than others. Sometimes its overwhelming, you smell it and you know its off, others there may just be a faint whiff (in some cases, with time, the faint turns into very noticable). If you have never been instructed personally as to what a corked wine tastes and smells like then it is hard to really tell. The best thing to do is try wines that have been reviewed and given decent scores, and if you taste a wine that you really don't like for one reason or another there could be a chance that wine is corked or has some other flaw. Then, buy another bottle and if you still don't like it it is most likely the wine, if it tastes very different, the first one was most likely flawed.

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