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Corked wine and etiquette

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Corked wine and etiquette

Paul Weller | Mar 21, 2008 04:58 PM

To make a long story short, I was invited to dinner at the home of one of the prominent department heads of the organisation I work for. It was a celebratory dinner for a coworker's recent promotion. The host came up to me and said he knew I enjoyed wine. He asked what my favorites were, and I told him I liked the wines of the Rhone Valley and Southern France. He came back a few minutes later with a 1989 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin. I was happy to say the least when he grabbed a screwpull and opened it up. He asked if I thought we should decant it and I said yes, as it would soften the wine and bring out the fruit. He dumped it into the decanter, swished it around and poured himself a taste. He said "wow, that's just amazing", and offered me a glass. I was sort of shocked when I smelled it. The wine was corked, badly. Not wanting to offend the host who had brought out a special bottle I sort of nodded in agreement and thanked him for opening up what I consider to be a special bottle. I choked down the rest of the glass over about an hour. What would you do in the same situation, being served an obviously corked wine that the host seemed to be oblivious of as he drank it?

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