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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Is there any way to keep leftover Champagne or Prosecco bubbly? Do Champagne stoppers work?

—Jerry, South Carolina

Dear Jerry,

I have a couple of Champagne stoppers on hand with a rubber inner ring and two hinges that latch on to the bottle. They work quite well—I can get an extra day or two of life out of a bottle of bubbly without losing much carbonation.

Unfortunately, they don’t work on every bottle shape, depending on the size and placement of the lip near the bottle opening. Stoppers generally cost about $5 to $10, though the cheaper ones can have sharp metal edges, and I’ve cut myself before.

I should warn you that as well as these stoppers can work, they cannot keep a bottle from leaking if you store it on its side. You’ll need to make some room in your refrigerator so the bottle is stored upright.

—Dr. Vinny

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