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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What does it mean to "bruise" a wine?
Nothing. I’m not sure where the term came from, but you can’t bruise a bottle of wine the way you can bruise a piece of fruit. Still, it’s generally a good idea to not be rough with a bottle of wine—particularly an older bottle. Even then, corks crumbling or sediment getting stirred up won’t hurt the wine, just possibly make it grittier to drink.