YES, you can and here's how!
Wine continues to develop and age naturally even while in the bottle. This is nothing new or unusual; however, some folks see elements in a bottle of unopened wine and think that wine is no longer good to drink and enjoy; however, this might well be an incorrect belief!
You will know if a wine is no longer good if it smells or tastes like vinegar. In fact, this is how vinegar is made by deliberately the spoiling wine! So here's a hint, if the bottle smells or tastes like vinegar then you have just made your homemade vinegar and, if you want, can use it as such.
If the bottle of wine has aged naturally and elements exist, simply poor the wine through cheese cloth to remove the elements and then enjoy the wine! I have found frequently the developed and mature wine is more enjoyable than some of the 'fresh' wines.
Secondly, when you 'DE-cork' a bottle of wine make certain you plunge the corkscrew all the way through the cork. If you do not, then the cork will tend to break in half. If the cork has broke, then carefully place the corkscrew fully back into the cork taking care not to push the cork down into the bottle and, once done, remove the cork. Should the cork fall into the bottle, then simply use cheese cloth to strain the cork from the wine into a decanter and enjoy!
These are a couple of simple things that will save you $$$ and frustration! Wines are great party and couple favorites.
The Perfect Pour
Author: Tom Mason
Owner of Kirk's Korner in York, Nebraska, Tom is well-educated when it comes to Spirits, Fine Wines and Beers & Microbrews. The Perfect Pour provides a space for you to explore the ins and outs of your favorite adult beverages. Have comments? Please comment or contact us so we can chat more!