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    What should I look for when examining the cork from a wine bottle?

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Here are some friends with simlar question as we.And I have this question for many days,anyone help us?
Kitty said: Yes.What should I look for when examining the cork from a wine bottle?-I try seach this on internet but no results found.Maybe this is a stupid question.
Mike said: oh,no,you are wrong.I have found as below for this question(What should I look for when examining the cork from a wine bottle?),it will help you,my kids.



Answer:
You basically just want to see if the cork seems intact (not crumbling) and if the wine has bled through to to the top or near it.

Smelling the cork won't do too much except show you as an amateur. Corks usually smell "corked" - to test for "corked" in the wine, you want to smell the actual bottle and the actual wine. Spending 2 minutes inspecting the cork of a 2005 Beringer Merlot will also draw attention to an amateur - it's just not necessary. If you are drinking an older wine, then a quick peek at the cork is all you really need.

We drink alot of aged wine and we basically only look at the cork to ensure that it hasn't been compromised in any way. If it looks funky, we examine it further and go from there.
How much wine is left in the bottle.
Smell the cork-this may tell you if the wine itself is corked.
Look to see if the cork is stained its entire length which would indicate shrinkage of the cork and corresponding seepage of the wine or air being allowed into the bottle.
First off, you are looking for moistness of the cork. Cork has a honeycomb texture that shrinks to fit into the bottle then slightly expands to form and air tight seal. The seal it crucial in preserving the wine. Lesser quality corks or those that were not stored correctly can become dry and brittle compromising the seal. Squeeze the cork to test the moisture it should bend and expand slightly with pressure.
When you smell the cork you are checking for a musty or moldy aroma that indicates an unwanted chemical compound in the wine and ruins it. The horror! Usually, you can tell visually from the wine seepage up the cork.




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