15 Oct

Cork bits in your wine bottle? Fill it up and flick it out!

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Cork bits in your wine?

Here is an easy way to get cork particles out of your wine bottle.

Every once in a while, we all open up a bottle of wine and we find that the cork has shaved off a little, leaving a wee bit of cork in the wine bottle. Been there done that!

Sometimes it is because we have screwed the corkscrew down too far, or the cork is simply a little dried out and ahs left its mark in the form of floating remnant. Either way, it has to be fixed because the unsightliness is just too much to bear (would I have enjoyed the bottle with the cork particles, or would I have poured the bottle out? Do you even have to ask!).

I have had the good fortune of knowing people that share their ideas with me and this solutions has proved to be a good one when you find yourself in a similar situation.

i think it is safe to say that we have all tried to shove a spoon or knife handle down the neck of a bottle, to try and gently raise the cork bit up and out of the bottle neck. Half of the anticipation is just that… Yes I can do it! However, the success of this method rarely happens.

Here’s an alternative and great idea! CORK FLOATS! It’s wood, it’s bark… and it doesn’t sink.

Fill it up and flick it out

On that note, simply pour a little wine, or water… yes water…  into the neck of the bottle and watch the cork bit float up to the top of the bottle neck. Once you reach the top,  simply just flick it off the top of the neck.

The key here is  that… CORK FLOATS!

Don’t waste your time trying to dig the cork out, or picking the pieces out of your glass with your fingers.

Fill the bottle up and flick the pieces out.

Cheers!

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3 Comments on “ Cork bits in your wine bottle? Fill it up and flick it out! ”

  1. Kelly October 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I can’t even imagine putting water into a good bottle of wine, wouldn’t it water it down, or does the water stay in the neck and pour out first?

  2. Craig October 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Great question Kelly, Thanks.

    Would I pour water into a 1963 Chateauneuf du Pape…probably not. Ideally you want to use wine to top up the bottle neck but we don’t always have an open bottle or want to open one just to get the cork out. Sometimes we don’t even have another bottle of wine. Ouch!
    If you use water then pour it out after you get the cork out. The amount of water used is equivalent to pouring wine into a glass you just rinsed out. It’s negligible and most of the water does sit at the top.
    Cheers!

  3. donna November 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Cool. I didn’t understand the first part I read, now I understand! Thanks Kelly for asking!

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