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Dear Dr. Vinny,

If a restaurant serves a glass of wine with a piece of cork in it, is it appropriate to send it back, or is it no big deal and I should just deal with it? I'm going to guess the answer depends on the quality of the restaurant (and the price of the wine). Thanks.

—Michael B., Venice, Calif.

Dear Michael,

Actually, I think it has more to do with your frame of mind and the company you're with. If I'd ordered a full bottle, I probably wouldn't make a fuss. I'm low-maintenance enough to not insist they open another bottle in that situation. If I'd ordered the wine by the glass, however, I'd probably politely ask for another.

—Dr. Vinny


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