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Dear Dr. Vinny,

My cork went the wrong way into the bottle. Will it be OK if I just push the rest through?

—Ty, from the Internet

Dear Ty,

Sure, that should be fine. I’ve been there myself. If the cork got crumbly in the process, you might want to filter out some of the cork bits with a coffee filter or sieve. Those stray bits can be unpleasant.

If you try to open a bottle and the cork gets pushed in, it might mean there is something noteworthy about the cork, or your corkscrew, or both. Corks sometimes shrink, especially with age, and that might cause your wine to taste a little tired if it’s been exposed to oxygen. And take a look at your corkscrew: The end should be very pointy, almost sharp. If it’s thick and dull, it might not be penetrating the cork as much as just pushing it in.

—Dr. Vinny

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