A corked wine is wine that has been exposed to a fungus from the cork, known as TCA(or 2,4,6-trichloroanisole). TCA causes the wine to smell something like wet newspapers or cardboard. Needless to say the bacteria from the tainted cork leads to spoiled, undrinkable wine. However there are ways to reverse the effects of TCA. Though the spoilage from TCA is not very common, anti-cork advocates use this occurrence to lobby for screw caps and other alternatives to corks.
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