Ladies & Gents, my most corked wine EVER

Yesterday I was talking about screwcaps and their faults, but tonight I opened a bottle of a pretty decent wine (yes, with a cork!) and poured it into my glass. I paused while I got the movie started … Men In Black … and suddenly I got a whiff.

It was spreading around the room. I could smell the effects from half a metre away within a minute or two.

I was worried, but maybe it was a damp cloth? A stray walnut?


A smell of the glass confirmed it all. Like a concoction made from concentrated damp cardboard, liquidised walnuts, and the merest hint of a blackberry juice that has been left open for a week.

No closure ‘technology’ is infallible (as even the technical screwcap showed) but this was one of the most “failed” of any I have come across for a LONG time. I rarely bother, but this one’s going back to the shop!


  • Paul
    March 26, 2011

    It’s great when you can be sure. I hate when it’s a marginal case and there are others there and you’re the wine expert. Gah!

  • Robert McIntosh
    March 26, 2011

    If you think it is, you are probably right! You are the consumer, if it doesn’t taste right, send it back

  • Simon Woolf
    March 26, 2011

    I’ve been lucky with this recently, although I had a spate of slightly cork tainted wines in wine bars before christmas. It’s when I pull the cork on some 30 year old bordeaux that I’ve been treasuring in the cellar that I really get nervy. So far, so good . .

  • Robert McIntosh
    March 27, 2011

    Its a shame in a way that I can’t share this wine with people as a case study of what to look out for … very instructional