Tips on How to Tell If Your Red Wine Has Gone Bad - Plus 9 Great Red Wines Under $20
Have you ever ordered a glass of red wine thinking you'll give it a try only to want to spit it out when you take your first sip?
My girlfriend and I were out for drinks recently when that exact scenario occurred. Decent red wine shouldn't cost a fortune. There is no reason why you should spend an arm and a leg for a great glass of wine.
How can you tell if your red wine has gone bad or if it's just bad to begin with.
Here are a few tips:
- If the wine has started to change colors from deep red or purple to brown it's time to pitch it.
- If you see bubbles in the glass in all likelihood it's starting to ferment. You'll notice that will happen with a bottle that has been uncorked for a few days.
- If the wine doesn't smell like wine but smells like something it shouldn't be then you should trust your nose.
- Taste it. If it tastes like vinegar, it's flat and tasteless, or it's fizzy and you're not drinking champagne or sparkling wine, then you should grab a new bottle.
If you are enjoying an evening out and you get a bad pour send your glass or bottle back. Don't be afraid to to tell your waiter or bartender that it doesn't taste right. After all you're paying for it, you should enjoy it.
Do you enjoy drinking wine at home? I've compiled a list of 9 great red wines for under $20. Be sure to pick up any of my recommendations below.
9 great red wines under $20
H3 - Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012
Flavors of black cherries and Blackberries with a touch of currents and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes.
Hawkstone - Barney's Heritage Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012
Shows lot of ripe blackberries, black currants and cherries, with a smoky coat of oak, wrapped into firm, chewy tannins.
Kenwood - Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012
Bright fruit aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and plum join with aromatic notes of licorice and nutmeg.
Matchbook - Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County - 2012
Rich flavors of chocolate beans, blackberries and blueberries, finishing off with silky, well-integrated tannins.
Once Upon A Vine - The Big Bad Red Blend 2012
A blend of several red varietals. Leads with a bramble of berries, dark black plum and root beer flavors, framed by toasted spices.
Rosenblum - Cabernet Sauvignon, California Vintners Cuvée 2012
A blend of Cabernet grapes from all over California. Fruit forward with a medium body and bright acidity.
Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012
Warm and expansive cherry and black currant flavors extend into a long fruitful finish enriched by toasty oak tones.
Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012
Notes of dark fruits with blackberry complement robust medium tannins and the velvety finish.
Geyser Peak - Uncensored Red Blend - 2012
Opaque violet color with mocha, plum and spice aromas. On the palate, it's between light and medium bodied, low acidity and soft tannins with pronounced and very likable plum, blackberry, vanilla and spice flavors.