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February 26th, 2008
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How To Be A Snob: Drinking Alcohol

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From:xiphias
Date:February 27th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)

Re: The Scent

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What chayatapa said.

If you want to get REAL technical, there are a couple different wine faults besides being "corked" -- corking is only one of the things that can go wrong, although the most common.

But, yeah. You're not tasting it to see if it's any good -- you're tasting it to see if it's unbearably BAD.

If it smells or tastes like vinegar, mildew, stinky feet, or crap, don't drink it, and don't pay for it.

Technically, it's called a "wine fault", and there are specific terms for each of those, which I forget. I think mildew is "corked", and vinegar is "vinegar". I forget what the stinky feet and the crap faults are, although there was an editorial in a recent issue of Wine Spectator about people trying to pass off the "smells like crap" fault as a characteristic of the wine, and not actually a fault. The writer was not very impressed by that claim.
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