Ullage, an addendum

First, my wife says she was not proud when she identified the odour of the offending wine as that of a wet basement. On the contrary, she was surprised, if not astounded, she got it right.

Second, my wife wanted me to point out that while the wine smelled of a wet basement, our basement is in fact bone dry.  The wine smelled like a wet basement because it was corked, not because the basement where it rested for a number of years was wet.

To elaborate, cork taint in a wine is not caused by wetness in its place of repose, it is caused by exposure to chlorine without adequate cleansing.

Hopefully this addendum is sufficient that I may return from the realms of the dog house.


P.S. I believe the best tasters are those who have no prior training in wine, who also happen to be female.

This sounds like a topic for a future posting.

à bientôt…

Copyright © W. John Switzer 2003 – 2015

Author: John Switzer

I am wine writer, educator and tour guide. From 2005 to June 2014 I published a bi-weekly newsletter, the Winesights Vintages Newsletter (WVN). This Newsletter was closed in July 2014 when the Government of Canada put in place the onerous administrative requirements of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation. The legacy of WVN continues on this blog spot where I post wine-related articles as well as reviews of a small selection of best-value wines from each bi-weekly LCBO Vintages release. I hold the WSET Diploma, I am a WSET Certified Educator, I teach in the WSET program at the Independent Wine Education Guild in Toronto where I am the past Director of the WSET Diploma program. Since 2010 I have been a judge at Decanter World Wine Awards on the Rhône panel and I am a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

One thought on “Ullage, an addendum”

  1. Woof. Woof. I loved your column and addendum, and sympathize since we seem to share similar issues with wives and wine. But fortunately my wife doesn’t read what I post.

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