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Feb 4, 2007 06:02 AM

can you return corked wine?

I bought a of wine about a month ago, that I had never tried and loved it. I bought it again yesterday, and there was a definite bitter taste acrid kind of taste. The cork was moldy (I don't know anything about wine, so I don't know if it matters about the cork).
I know that you can return a wine at a restaurant, but can you return a bottle to a wine shop?

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  1. Yes, I had the same situation and returned it to the liquor store for a replacement.
    They apologized profusely and there was no problem.

    1. Yes, as long as it's not half empty. I forget the exact numbers but I think something like 5% of all wines using cork go bad. It's a good idea to develop a relationship with your wineshop. It's also the reason I avoid purchasing wine from supermarkets and places like Sam's club, I'm never sure how wine has been handled. I buy my wine (except when I buy direct from vineyards) from a store that stores most of it's inventory in a temperature controlled climate.

      1. Many stores will allow you to return a bottle that's corked if it's not a rare/old bottle. I suspect its a wine generally avail and not old as you were able to buy more easily. Therefore, if you return the unused corked bottle (with the liquid... just stick the cork back in it)... most stores will replace it. They give it to their salesman and get a credit for it. But you must bring back the bottle...

        ... with old/rare bottles its sort of "buyer beware"... these bottles are sold "as is" for the most part... which is why you have to know what you're doing when you buy older wine.

        1. "which is why you have to know what you're doing when you buy older wine."

          And why, more importantly, you to realize that old wines are ALWAYS a crapshoot. How the odds go depend on many factors (mostly but not only storage conditions), but it is definitely one of those things that if you're not willing/can't afford to maybe have to pour it down the drain, stick with something less iffy. If you can afford it, buy 2-3 bottles of anything you really really want to be sure of getting at least one good bottle of. (Excuse the wayward prepositions.)