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Dear Dr. Vinny,

PLEASE help. I very stupidly and inadvertently opened the last bottle of our wedding wines, meant to be opened on our 5th anniversary (in two years). My husband is very angry, and I am sick. How can I have this resealed? PLEASE HELP.

—Kendra, Boston

Dear Kendra,

If you pull a cork by accident, you could immediately put the cork back in and pray that the wine will be fine in a couple of years, but that’s probably not going to happen. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a seal as good as when the cork was originally inserted, so oxygen will get into the bottle and the wine will start to age, quickly. You could try putting the bottle in a freezer, but my own experiments with freezing wine have never gone much longer than a week or so, let alone years (my wines were fine, by the way).

If I were you, I’d try to track another bottle down—if not from the place where you purchased it, then directly from the producer, who might have an inventory of older bottles, and a kind heart to help you out. And in the meantime, enjoy the bottle that’s open—if it’s still any good—and toast to unconditional love and forgiveness.

—Dr. Vinny


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