How to Tell if Wine Has Gone Bad

Wine is a magical thing, it has been around for thousands of years and has evolved and grown through many generations of people in many countries. Today, people indulge in wine as if there is a shortage and many people are taking advantage of wine cellars UK to store as much as they can. But what is worse than no wine at all? Wine that has gone off. Imagine cracking open a nice bottle of Bodegas Roda Cirsion just to find out that it has gone bad! Oh, the humanity! To avoid this unspeakable disaster, here are our top tips on how to tell if wine has gone bad.

It smells off

Wine should always smell amazing (to a wine enthusiast). If you are getting hints of mold or a slight mustiness, then it might be time to bin that bottle! Other smells to look out for are cardboard, vinegar, or even the strong smell of raisins could mean that it has turned and is no longer drinkable.

Red wine tastes sweet

You may be partial to a glass of port or a smidgen of desert wine, but if your red wine tastes like either of those two beverages when it isn’t, then it is a bad sign for your wine. This means that is has been overexposed to heat and is, therefore, unable to be consumed.

The cork is slightly out of the bottle

Similarly to if the wine tastes sweet, if you can see that the cork has been pushed slightly out of the bottle, this is a bad sign as it means that the wine has overheated and expanded in the bottle, causing the cork to come out a bit. This means that your wine is undrinkable.

The wine is almost brownish in colour

Liquids that have gotten darker and become almost brown is a massive sign that it has gone off. Red wine is likely to go a brown colour and white wine is more likely to become a deep yellow or brownish straw colour.

You can taste chemicals

Wine that doesn’t seem to taste of fruit, or is too raspy and astringent and tastes of paint thinner is definitely not drinkable. This means that the wine has gone off and will not do any good to anyone if served with dinner.

It’s fizzy, but not sparkling wine

Still wine that has turned fizzy has gone off as this means it has started a second fermentation process after it has bottled and shouldn’t be consumed at all as you didn’t know how it might affect your stomach.

How To Indulge Your Sweet Tooth In A Healthy Way

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes dedication, but without it, it is too easy to fall into bad habits. Ensuring there is clean food to eat, making time to fit exercise into your hectic schedule and taking the appropriate supplements, means you are making your health a real priority.

So, how can you let yourself actually indulge?

First, put a system in place to look after your body. For example, set up a delivery service for fresh fruits and vegetables. Schedule days when you can meet a friend to walk, run or do a yoga session together. Take a look at websites like to see a list of available supplements, what they do and which ones are right for you.

Next, let yourself indulge. Once you are in a real routine, it will be easier to return to it after a walk on the sweet side.

When it’s time to indulge, don’t waste it on store bought cake. Instead, bake one up on your own. When is the last time you looked at the ingredients on a package of cookies? Buying processed cakes and cookies contain a plethora of additives and preservatives that are not even recognizable as food items. Take a look and use this guide from the Mayo Clinic to decode nutrition labels.

Need help to bake up something delicious? We have insider baking tips just for you.

Tricks to Baking Up The Perfect Chocolate Cake

  • Find a tried and tested recipe – Starting with a quality recipe is key. We love this one which is based on the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake recipe. It bakes up moist and delicious. If you don’t have espresso powder, you can dissolve instant coffee into the boiling water.
  • Healthy substitutions – Feel free to tinker with this incredibly versatile recipe to include your own personal substitutions. Replace the white flour with whole wheat flour and use brown sugar instead of white.
  • Temperature of your Oven – Don’t assume that your oven is calibrated correctly. It could be that the reason your cakes always burn is because of the wrong temperature. Check the internal temperature of your oven with an inexpensive oven thermometer.
  • Place cake pan in the center of the oven – Cake pans that are placed on the sides of oven racks tend to bake unevenly with one side being higher than the other. Avoid this problem by placing your pan in the center of your oven.
  • Toothpick with crumbs attached – You may have heard the advice of testing the doneness of a cake by sticking a toothpick in the center and checking it afterwards. If it’s clean and free of crumbs, the cake is done. However, for a moister cake, take it out of the oven while there are still a few crumbs attached to the toothpick. You will ensure that you haven’t overbaked the cake and the taste and texture of your cake will be phenomenal.
  • Practice, practice, practice – The more you practice with the same recipe, the quicker and better your baking will be.


With the proper lifestyle plan in place, you can indulge your sweet tooth in a delicious and  guilt-free way.