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Old 06-07-2009, 01:35 AM   #52
davide330
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Originally Posted by JJR4884 View Post
keeps the cork moist
if the cork dries out, your wine will be "corked" and basically be vinegar because you are allowing it to oxidize
Corked usually relates to TCA spoilage of wine. If the cork is comprimised and there is an ingress of oxygen we usually say it's oxidized.

Putting the bottle on it's side helps the inside of the cork, the humidity of the environment the bottle is kept in also plays a big part on keeping the outside of the cork in good condition. Anything below 50% will see the cork drying out over a few years. Ideally the cellar/wine fridge/cupboard should be kept above 60% humidity. You should buy a hygrometer as part of your wine storage plans.
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