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Old 05-10-2010, 08:58 AM
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The reason for tilting the bottles is to keep the cork from drying out. When the cork dries out, it could potentially let air in, which would ruin the wine (hence the term "corked" for a bottle ruined by exposure to air).
Even if the cork is still intact, different wines, as mentioned above, tolerate aging better than others. Some red wines like Cabernet and Pinot Noir age pretty well, but white wines generally don't.