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Can Champagne Be Corked?

Can Champagne Be Corked?

Each year a new study emerges with claims to the frequency of corked wine bottles. “Less than 1 percent,” some studies say, while others put that figure closer to 3 percent. Truth is, it’s impossible to know the exact proportion of bottles cork taint affects. One thing we can pin down, however, is which closures […]

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3 Ways To Tell If Your Wine’s Gone Bad

3 Ways To Tell If Your Wine’s Gone Bad

If we’re being honest, there’s a solid chance most of us have powered through a glass—or three—of less than perfect wine before admitting to some flaws (personal, or the wine’s). But when a bottle of wine has really gone bad, even the thirstiest among us can’t rationalize another sip. But how can you tell if […]

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Can Beer Be Corked?

Can Beer Be Corked?

Drinkers mourn, vintners rail against the Fates, sommeliers empty bottles with grief and shame. Years of production, finesse, terroir, all over-powered by an evil, funky admixture of chemical compounds and plain bad luck. Wine has been corked. No offense to wine lovers—or producers—out there, but what about beer? Can beer be corked (or, in a […]

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