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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I am a "wine angel." I get locked into a harness (almost like a rock-climbing harness) in a two-story wine cellar and flip around doing tricks and fetching wine for customers in a restaurant called Texas de Brazil.

I've always done my flipping making sure the wine bottles stay upright even though my body is upside down. However, some of my co-flyers don't. I want to tell them to keep the bottles right-side-up, but I honestly don't have any facts. Any advice?

—Wine Angel, USA

Dear Wine Angel,

Your instinct is right, as it never really helps a wine to shake it around before serving it. This is particularly true when it comes to older wines, as most people take care to keep the sediment settled at the bottom or side of a wine bottle so they're not having a gritty drink. Of course, I imagine your customers also want the drama of your flips and acrobatics, so I think your idea of keeping every bottle of wine right-side-up no matter which way your body is going is a great idea.

—Dr. Vinny


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