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Wine and More Wine A forum hosted by Jane to teach us about the finer things in life...

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Old 21-10-2005, 01:43
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Default It's A Corker!!!

Last night I tasted my first corked wine in a restaurant.

It was a Rioja and when invited to taste, I did suspect it was corked but as so often in these cases, I thought I would give it a minute to breathe.

However, when I took another sip, it definitely tasted musty and woody. Luckily my friend agreed with me and so we sent it back.

The waitress took it away saying they would try it, but I wasn't going to accept it anyway.

My suspicion was confirmed and we were given another bottle which tasted so much better, like a Rioja should!

The purpose of tasting a wine in a restaurant is to make sure the wine is acceptable in terms of quality. Don't ever be afraid to send a bottle back if you are not happy with it, but this means you think there is a fault and not simply because you don't "like it".

Common faults are mustiness/damp cellar smells (corked), vinegary smells and cloudiness in wine.

Occasionally, with some wine, you get sediments clinging to the glass but this is not really a fault and means the wine hasn't been filtered. A good restaurant will normally decant it for you.

Also, a good restaurant should ALWAYS open the bottle at the table. This means the wine is the same as you ordered and they haven't decanted some cheap plonk into the expensive Bordeaux you have just ordered!

Happy drinking!
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Old 21-10-2005, 02:46
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Hi Jane

Girl after my own heart!! I suppose its because I drink so much red wine >D should I be admitting to that?! that Malc always now lets me taste the wine in restaurants. As you say it is a very distinctive musty woody smell/taste. We had an incident in Tex Mex , which is my least favourite place in town but the kids love it, where I sent back a bottle of very corked Marques des Chives. The waiter wasn't too happy about it but did fetch another bottle begrudgingly... Is seemed to me they think it's the done thing to let you try it but don't expect you to either know a corked wine or say anything if it is?

On the other hand in the better restaurants I have noticed the waiters sniff the cork first to see if it smells off ..in my favourite C'an Costa they always do !!

Mmmm I'm thirsty now

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Old 21-10-2005, 04:10
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Hi Debs!

It annoys me very, very much >: when I choose the wine (as I always do) and then the waiter offers the bottle to hubby to taste! Grrrrrr! As a woman am I not supposed to know anything about wine!!!!

But I'm glad you stuck to your guns in Tex Mex! And anyway, the restaurants can always return the bottle to the supplier for a credit! That's what we do in the shop when we get corked bottles returned!

Talk soon!
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