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Wine Hacks Tested!

Wine Hacks Tested!

Laurita Winery , Wine Science 🕔March 14, 2017 1 comment

We’re all wine lovers here…

As such, we’ve all had the unfortunate experience of opening a bottle that left something to be desired. And we’ve shared little tips and tidbits along the way when we come across a “hack” that’s supposed to improve bad wine. (Most recently it was #SaltBAE with a little sprinkle of flavor magic.

Now reports in from wine expert Dilek Caner and her taste tests to determine what hacks actually work! (And we give thanks to Pinterest and Instagram for the photos!)

Mandatory disclaimer: No one can transform Two Buck Chuck into a $4000 Chateau Margaux.

We wouldn’t expect it to. We are, however, happy to read that a couple of the tricks she tried show promise!

Sulphur Stinks

“That burnt match-stick [odor] in your nose,” Caner says is nothing to be afraid of, though it may be unpleasant.

May be unpleasant? There’s no may about it. Even though we understand the sulphur is naturally occurring and there for a purpose (preservative) we only appreciate the smell of matches when we’re lighting fire pits. (Because then they’re a promise of warmth and coziness to come!)

So, what can you do about it?

Forget about the penny for your thoughts, and put it in your wine glass! (Clean it first, though. Money is just sooo gross. Disinfect the thing. And your penny should be older than 1982, or the zinc content is too high.)

Just drop a few of those pennies into your glass of wine and leave them there for a good ten minutes. The copper reacts with the sulphur, lifting the smell.

There’s also The Wand™.  According to their website:

Sulfites and histamines can introduce bitter notes into wine, so when they are removed by The Wand, the bitter tastes are perceptibly reduced.

And onto the test phase.

Caner picked a Riesling, a wine high in sulphur content. Tasters were served three glasses of the same wine.

Glass number one: wine straight from the bottle. Glass two: wine treated with the pennies. The final option: Riesling treated with The Wand.

The winner (by a landslide of three to one) was The Wand™.

At $24.99 for an eight-pack, The Wand does cost more than the pennies. But there’s also the mental relaxation that comes from  knowing there’s no dirty money soaking in your glass of wine!


What do you think? Have you tried either trick? Or do you have your own tip for removing the sulphur fumes from your glass? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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