The more age-worthy a wine, the more likely it’s going to need recorking at some point in its life. And, while the procedure is something you can try at home, it’s not a procedure to be done carelessly or taken lightly. If it were me and the wine in question was worth hundreds, never mind thousands of dollars, I’d summon an expert, leaving nothing to chance.
But those who collect the great Penfolds wines have the best option of all. The famous Australian winery’s head winemaker, Peter Gago, travels around the world with several of his assistants each year to handle the recorking himself.
When Gago brought the Penfolds “clinic” to Houston in September, he joked that he’s mostly motivated by all the frequent flyer miles he can collect. In reality, Penfolds hit upon a brilliant marketing plan when they launched these globe-trotting clinics in 1991. Gago and his assistants get quality face time with their best customers – the people who have the legendary Grange and other prized Penfold collectibles in their cellars – and they perform a necessary service for both the winery and the owner of the wine bottle.
“It allows us to assess how our wines are aging and give the client our recommendations on when they should be drunk,” Gago said. “There’s rarely a problem with wines that have been stored our cellars, but once we sell a bottle, we don’t know what happens to it. Storage is so crucial to protecting wine.”
Before his Houston visit, Gago conducted a clinic in New York in which he recorked a 60-year-old bottle of Grange worth $50,000.

To everyone’s relief, it was doing splendidly. It got a new cork and a new capsule, then was returned to the owner’s cellar.
Even corks in perfect condition allow some wine to evaporate over time – ullage – which is easily observed by how much space there is between the top of the liquid and the bottom of capsule. Penfolds has developed a system using a color-coded card that fits snugly against the neck of the bottle to visually illustrate the owner if recorking is necessary.
Because owners of rare and prized bottles can be reluctant to allow recorking – there’s always risk in exposing wine to air – the card removes the angst from the decision.
If the gap is less than eight centimeters deep (the green zone), recorking is most likely unnecessary. If the gap exceeds 9.5 centimeters (the red zone), you might as well pop the cork, swallow hard, then swallow the wine. If it’s still good, say “hallelujah!” and quickly throw a party. Penfolds will recork these wines and top them off, but they won’t recertify them, meaning they won’t be auction-worthy.
It’s the wines with gaps (or what’s also called “la part des anges,” which means the angel’s share) between eight and 9.5 centimeters that most profit from recorking.
If Gago or a team member pronounces the bottle sound after tasting, it gets topped off with the current vintage of the same wine – i.e., old Grange gets new Grange – a replacement capsule is put in place and a signed, computer-coded certification sticker is attached to the back of the bottle.
Then it’s wrapped in white tissue paper, just as a new one would be.
I’d always thought the tissue was just a fancy finishing touch – you never see the stuff on supermarket wines, after all – but Gago corrected me.
“Tissue,” he said, “makes it easy to tell if a bottle is leaking. That’s why you should keep it there.”
Penfolds recorks, free of charge, any of its wines that are least 15 years old. The team travels with a state-of-the-art single-bottle-at-a-time corking machine.
They also offer current-release tastings while you wait for your appointment. The gregarious Gago has been with Penfolds for 23 years and took over for the departed John Duval as Penfold’s cellar chief in 2002.
Now, a decade on, he’s the world’s reigning “Winemaker of the Year,” as chosen by the Institute of Masters of Wine in February. Gago loves hitting the road during what should be his quiet season because it permits him to revisit wines he had a hand in making and also meet the folks who treasure them. Spreading good will and providing an important service – plus collecting all those frequent-flier miles – makes for a happy traveler.

The best hotels outside Manila in Pampanga and Subic are listed here including a beach resort which is a semi-private establishment located in the central business district near shopping, business, entertainment, airport and other conveniences of Philippines Clark Freeport Zone. The beach resorts, leisure parks and vacation hotels in Clark Pampanga offer a unique ambience that supports a laidback relaxing lifestyle. Many visitors travel north to Clark Pampanga from Manila to unwind and relax in these resorts.

This Pampanga resort hotel is different from other hotels in Clark Philippines or hotel in Angeles City. This Clark Hotel has large outdoor space for children to play and adults to enjoy some peace and quiet in the picnic grounds near the lake. Guests like the Hotel’s café breakfast garden which serves the best breakfast in Pampanga. Clearwater Resort has nice ambience and wide space, much better than the other hotels in Angeles City and Manila Philippines.

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Many guests like staying at Clearwater Family Inn Hotel Room in the picnic grounds of this resort in Clark Pampanga. Some like the trees in the resort camping grounds. One can stay in other hotels in Angeles City but it is not often one finds amenities and ambience like Clark, not like Clearwater Resort in Angeles City Philippines.

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Creekside Road corner of Centennial Road,
Central Business District, Clark Freeport Zone,
Pampanga, Philippines 2023

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Getting to this hotel in Clark Philippines
After entering Clark Freeport from Subic, Manila, Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along Clark’s main highway MA Roxas, passing Clark’s largest wine shop called Clark Wine Center on your right, continue to bear right making no turns at all, go past Mimosa Leisure Estate on the opposite side of the road, you will hit a major intersection. Go straight and the road becomes Creekside Road. YATS Clearwater Resort and Country Club is on your right just 200m down. Traffic in Clark Philippines is light so it should be quite easy for get to this hotel in Clark Philippines.

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