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When wine is stored in a bottle, there is great need to protect it from its greatest enemy:  oxygen. Traditionally, wine bottles are stored on their sides, by doing so, the wine in the bottle keeps the cork moisture causing the cork to be swollen to fill the bottleneck but if the bottle is screw capped, it may be stored at any angle.  When you allow the cork dry, it will shrink, the bottle will therefore no longer be airtight because oxygen may be let into the wine therefore causing deterioration of the wine.
It is important to note that some people believe that wine bottles should be kept at an angle. The reason is to allow both wine and the air bubble to be in contact with the cork, keeping the cork moist and allowing expansion and contraction of the air bubble due to temperature variation to result in air, and not wine, passing through the cork.

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