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Dear Dr. Vinny,

The final drip running down the bottle after pouring a glass of wine drives me crazy. I've been told I need to revise my pouring technique. I've tried "twisting" at the end. Nothing helps. Really, is there anything to be done?

—Christopher B., Burke, Va.

Dear Christopher,

This drives me crazy, too (and I have the spotted tablecloths to prove it). That twisting motion has never worked for me, either.

There are a few products on the market you might want to check out: flexible discs you insert into the neck of the bottle to help guide the wine; "wine drip collars" that slide over the neck; and finally, there are coasters specifically for wine bottles that can provide your last line of defense against stained tablecloths. You can find these products where you purchase wine accessories.

—Dr. Vinny

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