Dry Corks in Wine Bottles
February 8, 2011 10:56 PM Subscribe
Dried out corks in wine bottles come apart in pieces - what to do?
posted by MPenguin to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my father-in-law gave gave me two bottles of wine to open for the Lunar New Year celebration. These had been given to him as gifts several years ago and had been stored upright for all the time. I went to open them and the corks were completely dried out - they came out in chunks. I ended up having to push the corks all the way through in small pieces then pour the wine through a filter before pouring it into glasses.
Afterwards, he gave me three more unopened bottles. Is there any way to rehydrate the corks? Should I store them upside down or on their side? How long would it take for the corks to properly rehydrate? Are there any other measures I could take or should I just push the corks through and drink the wine?