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Wine Creeping Up Cork

We have 2 cases of wine that I'm finding the wine is creeping up the cork by almost 2/3's of the length of the cork. Is the wine ok or is it spoiled for the choice of a better word. The wine tastes a little off to me
Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

This could be a sign that the wine has been exposed to heat, which causes the wine to expand and to be forced up between the glass and cork. Are any bottles actually leaking wine from beneath the capsule? If so, this would confirm the likelihood that the wine has experienced fairly high temperatures. You should inspect all the bottles for "weeping."

On the other hand, the cork in the bottle you drank might not have created the proper seal, as sometimes occurs, and the others might be just fine. How is the wine currently being stored - under cool, stable conditions?

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, China and the U.S. Roger is one of America's first Masters of Wine.

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