Reply to "What does a crumbling cork say about storage conditions?"

In my experience, exposure to heat will cause cork "crumblage." When I first delved into this lifestyle, I inherited 12 magnums of various varietals/vintages, mostly 1988-98. Before taking possession of these from my parents, the bottles were stored in their garage in Northern California (during the summer). Almost all the corks crumbled upon contact with the opener, and all but a few were ruined.
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