While some dude named Two Buck Chuck probably taught you plenty about about enjoying borderline acceptable cheap wine, uncorking the pinot noir you’ve been looking forward to drinking all damn day is, nevertheless, devastating when you realize it smells spoiled — like sulfur and burnt rubber. So, what the hell can you do when life hands you 750ml of dark red disappointment? Well, thanks to chemistry, there may be a way to salvage your < $5 vintage after all.
As explained in a new video from the American Chemical Society, plopping a penny into your glass of wine can help eliminate the foul odors, because of a chemical reaction involving copper. Of course, you'll have to give Honest Abe a good scrubbing before you toss the coin into your beverage, and you might want to dig for an old, mostly copper penny (dated prior to 1982), since today's pennies are mostly zinc with a thin copper coating. But, yes, a mere penny could mean the difference between sipping that sweet relief and having suffered through another Monday for nothing.
This is probably the only good reason why pennies should continue to exist.
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