Rapid Analytical Methods For Measurement of Cork-Taint in Wine

Work has been initiated to synthesize novel compounds similar in structure to TCA that can be used for antibody production. Because of the low molecular weight, TCA cannot be used directly for antibody production; a protein conjugate must be synthesized and its structure confirmed prior to antibody production and screening. The sensitivity and specificity of the antibodies and the resulting immunoassay will be confirmed independently using an automated gas chromatographic headspace analysis procedure for TCA which we have developed.