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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What’s the proper way to pour wine so it doesn’t drip on the tablecloth or down the sides of the bottle?

—Macky L., Makati, Philippines

Dear Macky,

Those drips drive me crazy, which is why at home I have a wine-bottle coaster to catch them. Some folks have perfected a twisting motion at the end of a pour, which keeps any drips from dropping. There are also drip collars that slide over the neck of a bottle, or pourers to insert into the neck to help guide the wine. These products are available where you find wine accessories.

It’s also good to have a napkin handy, as they do in fine restaurants, to just pat the bottle dry between pours.

—Dr. Vinny

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