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How to Tell if Wine is Corked, Oxidized or Cooked
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Watch out for flaws. If a wine doesn't taste good, there might actually be a problem with it.

CORKED A natural compound called TCA can taint corks, making wine smell like wet newspaper or a moldy basement.

OXIDIZED Faulty corks let too much oxygen into a bottle. White wines can end up tasting like apple cider or sherry; reds will often taste flavorless.

COOKED Bottles that have been improperly stored in a hot place for too long can taste stewed.

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