In my expert opinion, these wines are pointless and shouldn’t exist. But hey! You don't have to listen to me – you can make your own choices in life.

Of all the ways to judge a wine's quality, the smell is obviously the most important one.

We don't like wine if we sense no aroma of fruit or the lasting smell of alcohol. 

We don't pay much attention to the quality of the wine we buy, so we end up drinking a lot of bad stuff. But there's nothing to be ashamed of because most of us just don’t know what wine flaws are.


Prevention is better than cure they say, so to prevent you from saying “I make POUR decisions”, here’s a short primer on the most common flaws in wine and how to sniff them out.

  • Oxidized Wine - Oxidized wines lose their brightness, both in color and in flavor.
  • Sulfur Compounds - Mercaptan, a sulfur-related flaw, is most common. If your wine smells like rotten egg, fart, burnt rubber, cooked garlic, or skunk after decanting, it may have mercaptan.
  • Cork tainted wines - Cork tainted wines have a dank odor that smells almost exactly like wet newspaper, moldy cardboard, or wet dog.
  • Secondary Fermentation - Look for bubbles or listen for the psssst. Wines usually smell yeasty. They taste zippy.  
  • Cooked Wine - The wine smells jammy: sort of sweet, but processed. The smell is somewhat like a wine reduction sauce, mixed with a nutty, brown, roasted sugar-type aroma.
  • UV Light Damage - Lightstrike occurs more commonly in delicate white wines like Champagne, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. It would make the wine smell like a wet wool sweater!
  • Microbial and Bacterial Taint - They impart certain positive flavors but also produce signature wine faults.

 

If you encounter these kinds of wines, don’t throw them away. Light up our “Novelty Collection I make pour decisions” candle with the scent of red wine and enjoy your candle like drinking a high-quality wine.

 

Ajane Co is the maker of the Novelty Collection to lighten-up your mood and bring a smile to people’s faces with our pleasant scented candles such as the “I make pour decisions”.


We offer an assortment of smile-inducing candles. Find more here.

 





In my expert opinion, these wines are pointless and shouldn’t exist. But hey! You don't have to listen to me – you can make your own choices in life.

Of all the ways to judge a wine's quality, the smell is obviously the most important one.

We don't like wine if we sense no aroma of fruit or the lasting smell of alcohol. 

We don't pay much attention to the quality of the wine we buy, so we end up drinking a lot of bad stuff. But there's nothing to be ashamed of because most of us just don’t know what wine flaws are.


Prevention is better than cure they say, so to prevent you from saying “I make POUR decisions”, here’s a short primer on the most common flaws in wine and how to sniff them out.

  • Oxidized Wine - Oxidized wines lose their brightness, both in color and in flavor.
  • Sulfur Compounds - Mercaptan, a sulfur-related flaw, is most common. If your wine smells like rotten egg, fart, burnt rubber, cooked garlic, or skunk after decanting, it may have mercaptan.
  • Cork tainted wines - Cork tainted wines have a dank odor that smells almost exactly like wet newspaper, moldy cardboard, or wet dog.
  • Secondary Fermentation - Look for bubbles or listen for the psssst. Wines usually smell yeasty. They taste zippy.  
  • Cooked Wine - The wine smells jammy: sort of sweet, but processed. The smell is somewhat like a wine reduction sauce, mixed with a nutty, brown, roasted sugar-type aroma.
  • UV Light Damage - Lightstrike occurs more commonly in delicate white wines like Champagne, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. It would make the wine smell like a wet wool sweater!
  • Microbial and Bacterial Taint - They impart certain positive flavors but also produce signature wine faults.

 

If you encounter these kinds of wines, don’t throw them away. Light up our “Novelty Collection I make pour decisions” candle with the scent of red wine and enjoy your candle like drinking a high-quality wine.

 

Ajane Co is the maker of the Novelty Collection to lighten-up your mood and bring a smile to people’s faces with our pleasant scented candles such as the “I make pour decisions”.


We offer an assortment of smile-inducing candles. Find more here.

 





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