Quick fixes for party emergencies, from broken corks to wine fatigue.

By Megan Krigbaum
Updated March 31, 2015
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Removing a Crumbly Cork

“When I’m opening an older bottle and the cork has disintegrated, I’ll push it into the bottle and pour the wine through a coffee filter,” says Monsterville Horton IV of Cova Wine Bar in Houston.

Chilling Wine

Sebastian Zutant of Washington, DC’s Proof swirls bottles in a bowl of salt, water and crushed ice to cool them fast.

Refreshing Your Palate

Greg Tresner of Scottsdale, Arizona’s The Phoenician drinks beer (Anchor Steam or Alaskan Amber) to revive his palate after wine tasting.

Wine Advice & Pairings:

Frying herbs like rosemary, parsley and sage for less than 45 seconds in a half inch of oil makes them ultracrispy; they are delicious with tender lamb chops.
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