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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.
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.
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