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counter-bottle

back-up-bottle, reference bottle, second bottle (GB)

Name (also back-up bottle, second bottle, counter-sample bottle) for especially professional ones wine reviews provided wine bottles for a possible counter test (counter test). Should there be a suspicion of a bottle error such as one corked exist, a counter bottle (possibly also a second one) can be opened immediately and tasted for comparison. This can give precise information about whether a wine faults only relates to a specific bottle and this at wine review is to be considered. The phenomenon that there can be quality differences from bottle to bottle for the same wine is called bottles variance,

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