Weekly Wine Quiz: Oh Sherry…

Vinted on March 23, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome to the Weekly Wine Quiz!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps just like you, I do not supply the quiz answer directly in the post – you will need to tune back in later in the comments section for the answer. So you can put your answer in the comments for potential bragging rights later (not that you’d gloat… too much…).

This week we’re continuing the WWQ theme of stinky wine faults! Sooner or later you’re going to run into one of these, so you might as well embrace the fact of the stank and know the enemy!


Oh Sherry…

Sometimes good wines just go… bad! Meaning, of course, that chemical faults can often ruin an otherwise perfectly good bottle of vino. When a wine smells like Sherry, only you didn’t actually buy a Sherry, we don’t start singing Steve Perry tunes from the mid 1980s (well, maybe some of us do). No, in those cases we say that the wine has been…?

  • A. corked
  • B. lactized
  • C. maderized
  • D. oxidized

Cheers, and good luck!





  • Sally

    I would say it is D oxidised.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Sally!

  • Jim Nordaker

    I agree it is oxidized

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jim!

  • Joel Ohmart

    I am going to jump on the D bandwagon and go with… D.

    • 1WineDude

      :) thanks Joel.

  • Renee Vimmerstedt

    oxidized…and no fun when you pay good money for a bottle and it tastes like something you clean the bathroom with..makes me a very sad wino =(

    • 1WineDude

      :) Thanks, Renee – good description!

  • 1WineDude

    Alrighty folks, here's your Wine Quiz Answer:

    D. oxidized

    When a wine takes on Sherry notes, it's often referred to as oxidized, meaning it has been exposed to (probably too much) air, such as when it has been stored so improperly (leading to the cork becoming compromised and allowing too much oxygen into the bottle as a result), or is actually a Sherry (just a really bad one).

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