Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Wine Of The Week - 2004 Muscadet Guilbaud Freres

This Muscadet is dry, crisp and tart with enough fruit , just as it should be. It was great for lunch with oysters and french bread. One bottle had TCA, a cork mold that is the leading cause of wine spoilage. It smells and tastes like wet cardboard, tennis shoes, or sweat socks - not very pleasant. People's sensitivity to it varies a great deal. TCA or a "corked" bottle is the perfect reason to"send it back" in a restaurant or to take it back to the store for a refund. There should be no questions asked about accepting such a bottle back. We found our bottles for less than $10 at Trader Joe's. If your bottle is "corked" you will have found out what TCA smells like and you should be able to get a refund. Hopefully your bottle wil be bright and crisp!


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