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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Is it OK to store wine upside down in boxes for any length of time?

—Bert, Baltimore

Dear Bert,

Upside down is better than right side up. If a bottle of wine is upside down, the wine stays in contact with the cork, keeping the cork nice and moist and preventing it from drying out. A dried-out cork can let unwanted air inside the bottle and lead to premature aging. Ideally, wine should be stored for the long term on its side, with the label up, so you don't have to stir the bottles so much to see what's what.

—Dr. Vinny

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