Wine and Corked Beverages

by Stefani Anderson
(last updated March 25, 2015)

Have you ever wondered why wine racks are built so the bottles can be laid on their sides? There are a couple of good reasons. First, if you don't store corked beverages lying down, the cork dries up and won't fit properly when you try to recork the bottle. Second (and more important), if wine is to be stored for a long time with a dry cork, air can get to the wine and ruin the flavor. This is also true of other corked drinks. (Alcoholic beverages without a cork can be stored standing up.)

Have you lost your corkscrew and don't know how to open your bottle? Try using a large screw hook or eye hook instead, and use a mixing spoon or sturdy stick to pull a cork out. You can also drive a plain screw into the cork and grip the head of the screw firmly with a pair of pliers. (This technique is not advisable with a good, rare wine, however.)

To ease out a stubborn cork, dip a cloth in very hot water and wrap it around the neck of the bottle; it will expand the glass and free the cork.

If a large piece of cork falls into your bottle of wine, your best option is to transfer the wine into a decanter or a spare bottle. If this is not possible, use the following method to remove the piece of cork:

  1. Cut three pieces of stiff wire longer than the height of your wine bottle.
  2. Twist the pieces of wire together at one end and make hooks at the other ends (like a claw).
  3. Push the claw into the bottle and grasp the cork with it.
  4. Tighten the grip by slipping a ring or nut down the wires, then draw out the cork.

If you're not much of a drinker, you might be tempted to throw out wine left over from a dinner party. But don't waste it! Just freeze it in an ice cube tray, instead. You can use it later for casseroles and sauces that call for a little wine.

If you're having trouble filling ice cube trays, you can also slip a freezer bag inside a large plastic cup. Fill the bag with wine and pop it into the freezer. When the wine has frozen (overnight) you can reclaim your cup.

Author Bio

Stefani Anderson

Stefani is an assessment developer for an online university. She earned a degree in language, editing, and anthropology from Brigham Young University. Her favorite thing is to travel the world, chronicle her adventures, and help others celebrate memories. ...

MORE FROM STEFANI

Decorate, Cut, and Store Your Cakes

Your cakes: Decorate them quickly. Cut them cleanly. Store them efficiently.

Discover More

Brewing Great Coffee

Make your instant coffee taste like fresh grounds. Perk up your brew. See how easy it is!

Discover More

Alternatives to Common Baking Ingredients

Are you out of eggs? Find out what you can use instead of ingredients you don't have on hand.

Discover More
MORE COOKING TIPS

Chianti Wine

If you are looking for a great wine to try with your next meal, consider Chianti. This red wine works well with many foods ...

Discover More

Zinfandel Wine

Most wine enthusiasts think of Zinfandel as either an appetizer wine, or a wine to compliment a main course. Yet Zinfandel is ...

Discover More

Fine Wines

Fine wine is a delicious and luxurious addition to a meal or for a special occasion. Learn to choose the best wine for you or ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

Links and Sharing
Share