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TCA and Plastic Wrap

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TCA and Plastic Wrap

kaleokahu | | Feb 2, 2011 08:58 PM

Today was the wife's birthday (a big one), and so we decided to dine out at a nicer place. The sommelier graciously agreed to waive corkage in exchange for a bottle of my Supertuscan. So we took that and a bottle of 1993 V. Sattui Cabernet to which my wife had a big emotional commitment (irrelevant story, except I HAD to drink it).

The cork self-destructed on opening, and there was a moderate cork taint. I smiled and said nothing. Then I remembered reading about a trick involving Saran Wrap. At my request, I was provided with a piece of wrap from the kitchen, which I wadded and stuffed into a decanter. The bottle was decanted, and the wine swished a tiny bit. We kept half a glass of the original pour for comparison.

The result: a DRAMATIC improvement and diminishment of the cork taint. The trick saved the bottle, and THAT saved our celebratory meal.

What I had remembered from reading is that plastic wrap is chemically similar to TCA, and that the latter has an affinity for sticking to the former. I was skeptical before, but now I think there's something to this.

Has anyone else tried this "trick", and to what effect?

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