But try to be careful just how you put that cork in. Okay?
Case in point. Here's a nice bottle of Moscato that Carrie and I had Saturday night.
We picked it up last week at Trader Joe's and thought the cork looked a little funny cut off like that on the top but chalked it up to the bottler trying to make their product stand out on the shelf.
When I began to use a corkscrew to remove the cork I started to wonder if that damn thing was solid wood and not cork at all. It was quite dense and hard. Once the screw was all the way in, things weren't any easier. That bugger was very difficult to pull out.
There was a very good reason for that difficulty. The cork was put in the bottle upside down!
As you can see on the left, the part drilled in is the narrow part. The thick part of the cork was in the neck of the bottle and under quite a bit of pressure.
In the lower picture you can see the insignia on the part of the cork that was inside the bottle. I'm pretty sure that was supposed to be on the outside of the bottle.
At least it tasted pretty good. Not really clear details but that was probably due to being on the sweet side, and not the fault of the cork placement.
We had the wine with two types of Gouda cheese, also bought at Trader Joe's, and both cheeses were quite good.
One Gouda from France that was only 6 months old and a longer aged one from Denmark. We liked the Danish cheese more but it was close. The more pungent quality of the older Gouda made the wine taste better than its pedigree would normally allow. ;-)
Later that night we had a Wisconsin cheddar that we didn't like all that much. Even the dogs didn't appreciate it.