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Dear Dr. Vinny,
If moving old bottles of wine will disturb their sediment, will I cause any harm by rearranging my wine cellar?
—Rob, Manchester, Conn.
Any time an old bottle of wine is moved, its sediment can get mixed up into the wine, making it harder to separate that gritty part when you’re ready to drink it.
But moving your wines around occasionally to organize them in your cellar shouldn’t be a big deal. I’d be careful with wines 10 years or older, when sediment starts to accumulate. For example, I store my wines label up, so I’ll just keep them label up when I move them to the next spot. If it’s a major reorganization where I’d need to stand the bottles upright for a period, I’d decide to not open any older bottles for at least a few days, to give the sediment time to settle.
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