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On your last run to the wine store, you stocked up on enough rosé to get you through the summer. But, whoops, you set the bottles vertically on your kitchen counter and, a few weeks later, when you cracked one open, it was bad. Here’s why.

Storing unopened wine vertically is a no-no. When you do, there’s a high risk the cork will dry out, which allows oxygen to get in.

What’s so bad about oxygen? Basically, if too much gets in, it will spoil your bottle of rosé (or Sauv Blanc! or Pinot Noir!) before you even open it. Which is a travesty.

Good thing the solution is so simple. Next time you bring home wine, lay it down horizontally in the fridge/on the counter/on your wine rack. Problem solved.

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