Make Bad Wine Better

August 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm (Uncategorized)

wine spritzer

My mom always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.  Ok, everyone’s mom says that.   It’s for just that reason we’re not doing a wine review this week.

Instead, let’s talk about tips and tricks to make bad wine better.  Wine purists read no further.

If you don’t like how a bottle of wine tastes or if an already opened bottle starts to go bad, instead of dumping it, use soda water and ice to make it taste better.

While traveling around Argentina I ordered some  house wine with lunch (yeah it was noon but it was vacation) and to my surprise it came with soda water.    Taking a quick peek at the other patrons, I noticed that they were putting ice in their wine glasses, adding soda water, and then the wine.  So after tasting a sip of the house’s drab not so nice wine, I followed suite.  Quite nice. On the blistering hot day, the homemade wine spritzer was extremely refreshing.  But, the soda water wine mixture had plenty of other benefits. The otherwise mediocre house wine had some zip to it.  The soda helped open up the nose, smooth out the wine’s acidity and mellow the alcohol.  Equal parts soda water/wine ratio works well but feel free to  mix to your taste.

The trick works for both red and white wines and can even save wine that’s just starting to turn.


  1. Matthew Reid said,

    How great that the winery expected you to do it. I’ve got some more tips for improving disappointing wine here:


    • staenman said,

      Hey, nice post. I love a cup of mulled wine every now and then. Check out some of the wine cocktails we’ve been doing lately, both here and at cheers

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