Cult Wines International also offers professional certified wine bottle recorking, and offers either in-house cork replacement, or (for large projects) we’ll send a technician to your cellar. We service bars, restaurants, and of course, private cellars.
To protect your investment! It is a known fact that recorking can slightly de-value your wine. However, once a wine’s fill level has dropped significantly, or the cork has shriveled and allowed the wine to oxidize it can become truly worthless. A recorked wines’ value will help the value of your wines hold their value for 40+ years longer that with the original cork. Additionally, with our certification, any potential buyer can call or email us to verify the wine that they are purchasing has been professionally recorked to the highest standards.
When to recork?
Typically recorking should be done every 30-40 years. However existing condition is everything. Once the fill level starts to drop below the neck, recorking is recommended. Wine corks simply do not last much longer without deterioration, even when stored properly. Once the cork deteriorates enough to let air in, the wine is soon completely destroyed. Additionally, even if the cork does keep a seal, it will most certainly crumble and could taint your wine upon opening. Please do not allow your expensive vintage wine bottles to suffer such a fate.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED OR ARE PURCHASING A BOTTLE OF WINE WHICH WE HAVE RECORKED, AND WISH TO HAVE VERIFICATION, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL TO: CULTWINESINTL@GMAIL.COM WITH THE SERIAL NUMBER. WE WILL SEND YOU BACK AN EMAIL CONFIRMING THE DETAILS OF THE RECORKING WITHIN 24 HOURS.
Our 10 step recorking procedure is as follows:
1. Foil is sliced vertically and removed in one piece [If possible. 90-95% of instances]. If not possible to remove in one piece, top of foil is removed and kept.
2. The cork is carefully extracted. Generally we can extract corks using a Durand corkscrew. However we have more specialized cork extractors if deemed necessary.
3. Immediately, argon gas is pumped into the bottle and a rubber bottle stopper placed onto the bottle. Argon gas is heavier than oxygen and settles onto the wine like a blanket, creating a barrier so that oxygen cannot not come into contact with the wine.
4. At the wine owners request, at this point the wine may be topped-up with a current vintage of the wine being recorked. This option is completely up to the owner. Additional fees will apply, and will vary based on the wine being serviced.
5. A new cork is pressed into the bottle using a compression corker. PLEASE READ: Unlike most other companies we DO NOT VACUUM OUT THE AIR prior to inserting the cork. If you create a vacuum by sucking out the air and then cork the wine, there will be negative pressure in the wine bottle. Over time, air will slowly get sucked in through the tiny holes in the cork. OXYGEN IS WINE’S ENEMY. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR WINE TO BE RECORKED THIS WAY. At Cult Wines International, we fill the bottle with argon gas prior to corking. This creates positive presssure inside the bottle, and over time the gas will escape out of the cork until the pressure inside the bottle and outside the bottle are equal. This ensures that only the inert gas will remain in the bottle, and no oxygen will seep in. This is a better procedure than is even performed at the winery, and your wine will be protected for many years to come.
6. If the capsule was kept in one piece, it is reinstalled and a clear plastic shrink capsule placed over the entire capsule. Protecting it for many years to come. If the foil had to be removed, we will emboss a silver wax seal on top of the cork. This seal will bear the french fleur de lis and will ensure a tamper-resistant barrier.
7. A unique tamper-resistant hologram sticker is applied onto the bottle with a unique serial number. This sticker cannot be peeled off the bottle without damaging the sticker.
8. A recorking certificate is prepared which also contains a matching tamper-resistant hologram sticker which will match the serial number on the bottle. The certificate includes the date of recorking and the condition in which the wine was at the time. Copies of these certificates are kept on file in our database, but the original stays with the wine and cannot be duplicated.
9. The original cork (and top of capsule if removed) is placed into a small seal-able pouch and affixed onto the bottle with shrink wrap. It is always good practice to keep the original cork with the bottle.
10. Bottle must remain upright for 48 hours to allow pressures to equalize. After this point the recorking procedure is complete and the bottles can be returned to the owner.
Prices for recorking are as follows:
Up to 500 bottles: $100.00 per bottle
Over 500 bottles: Contact us for a quote
-Shipping costs. We are happy to provide a pre-paid shipping label for bottle recorking, as well as ship the bottles back to you. However the costs will be added to the service.
-On-site visits will require travel time and expenses. We are based in Florida, but will travel nationwide. Please contact us for a quote.
-Topping-off with current vintage requires the purchase of a new bottle of wine for this purpose. Each bottle of wine is obviously a different price, so topping-off prices are given on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for a price.
Cult Wines International refuses to recork:
1. Any wine which is deemed to be counterfeit or in any other way fraudulent.
2. Wines which have a very low fill level, separated color, are leaking or are deemed to already be spoiled.