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Storing wine on its side is nonsense, says scientist 

The words of Amorim’s director of R&D, Dr Miguel Cabral, provoked a bit of a debate on thedrinksbusiness.com back in June.

Cabral told db‘s editor-in-chief, Patrick Schmitt MW, that the headspace of a sealed bottle of wine was so moist that there was no need to place bottles on their side to keep the cork damp.

“The cork will never dry out with almost 100% humidity in the headspace, so it is a myth that you need to store a bottle on its side,” he said.

Continuing, he said that such humidity would ensure that the cork “won’t dry out if you store the bottle upright.”

He also said that creating moist ambient conditions during wine storage was unnecessary for bottled wine (although for barrel cellars it is important to reduce evaporation).

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