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Why is it better to store wine horizontally?

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Asked by: Everett Lowenstein, Portland, USA

A horizontal bottle keeps the cork moist, so it doesn’t dry out and shrink. At least that’s the theory, but the science says otherwise. The air gap in a wine bottle has almost 100 per cent humidity, so the cork will never dry out as long as there is wine in the bottle.

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In 2005, the Australian Wine Research Institute tested this and found that the orientation of the bottle makes little difference to the wine’s keeping qualities.

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