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Dear Wine Ladies,


This may sound like a silly question but I’m truly at odds on the best way to deal with a crumbly cork! Last night, once again, while trying to open a bottle of wine the cork was dry and crumbly. The harder I tried, and the further I drove the cork screw, the more the cork crumbled and then finally ended up in fragments in the bottle. Is there a way to properly extract a crumbly cork?

Chris Houston, Texas


Read more: Crumbly cork! No problem! AskThe Wine Ladies March 2010

Dear Wine Ladies,

I noticed your column in 24 a month or two ago and look forward to reading it now every Friday. I'd like to ask, once a bottle of wine is opened, and only half emptied, how long would it keep if re-corked, or had the air pumped out and capped? Is the best place in the fridge, or store at room temperature?

Jim Richmond B.C.

Read more: How to keep an opened bottle of wine fresh? Ask The Wine Ladies March 2010

Dear Wine Ladies,

We're throwing a party over the holiday weekend to celebrate the move into our new home, which we have finally taken possession of. It's been a long while since we've entertained and are unsure as to how much wine to buy. Is there some kind of formula to figure out how much we will need?

Mary, Chicago,Illinois

Read more: Throwing a party? How much wine do I need?Ask The Wine Ladies March 2011

Dear Wine Ladies,

We'll be lighting up the grill this Labor Day weekend and chilling with the whole family one last time before the leaves take a turn and the cooler nights descend upon us. We've got the menu set, Greek salad, grilled veggies including corn on the cob, chicken and barbeque ribs. To the wine, but which one? Mostly white wine drinkers we'd like to serve two whites, and one or two reds. Suggestions please?

Bill, Connecticut

Read more: Labor Day. Celebrate with wine suggestions from The Wine Ladies. September 2010

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