A re-corking good time for wines

Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:16am EST
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By Leslie Gevirtz

New York (Reuters Life!) - Worried that the pricey bottle of wine may not contain what it says on the label? Concerned that the expensive vintage will still taste superb? A re-corking clinic could be the answer.

Re-corking and certification of a fine bottle of wine by experts can also add value to it.

"I wanted to see what I had," said New York advertising executive Jerry Roberts who took a bottle of '69 Penfolds Grange and an '81 Grange to a re-corking clinic in New York.

After testing both bottles, Penfolds' chief winemaker Peter Gago told him he should drink the '69 Grange, which could have fetched more than $500 at auction if it had not been tested, for Christmas or New Year's.

But the 1981 Grange, a powerful, purplish wine that last sold at auction for $400 a bottle, could easily handle another 15 years and was certified.

In the wine auction world, a bottle's provenance has become paramount in recent years.

Gago held the wine re-corking clinic in New York where customers brought their bottles to be assessed and certified -- but only it they met the standards of Gago's palette.

"We have two ulterior motives for doing this," said Gago who had just returned from Europe.   Continued...