Something very upsetting happened Saturday. As I was reordering wine in the bulk storage area of my wine cabinet a bottle shattered, raining red wine on all the labels in the four bottle columns down below. My lovely wife tried to make me feel better by saying that the actual wine is not damaged, it will be a story when we serve wine, etc. I was pretty bummed given that it hit a lot of my CA collectibles (and obviously missed my cheap stash CA daily drinkers).
Anyways, my wife (god bless her) and I all cleaned the racks and the bottles and the bottom of the cabinet with a sponge and warm water, but now the inside of the cabinet has this mild smell of stale Caymus Special Selection. Any ideas, suggestion how to remove the smell? Someone suggested a little baking soda in a cup might help, but I am concerned about putting any form of chemical in there. Should I just live with the smell?
I’ve cleaned mold off the inside of a wine cabinet with paper towels lightly soaked with white vinegar. It worked well, and the vinegar evaporates really fast, so it doesn’t leave fumes inside the cabinet as long as you keep the door open for a few minutes.
I cured some pancetta in my wine cooler last year and trust me, it was definitely the “dominant” smell in there for a good while afterward! I think the white vinegar suggestion is a good one if you’re not keen on leaving some baking soda in there.