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How to tell if wine is corked

By Barry Smith   November 2013

“Would you like to try the wine?” This seemingly innocent question from the waiter is an invitation for you to test whether the wine is fault free. But how can you tell? The most likely fault a wine might have is being corked, which tends to give it a damp, musty smell of wet cardboard. To be sure, ask to smell the cork itself, which is usually the best clue. But will you and the waiter agree about whether the offending odour is present? I’ve been given doubting looks on occasion, though good establishments will always give you the final…

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