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Salutation Acclamation : When do you address someone as “Mrs.”

Q. There is so much conflicting information concerning the proper use of the salutation Mrs. When addressing widows or divorced women, whose first name is use and what is the proper salutation? If an invitation is going to a married woman, should the invitation be addressed to Mrs. John Doe or Mrs. Jane Doe.

A. There was a time when the proper address on a letter never used the woman’s first name unless she was a divorcee. Today, both forms of address are appropriate. You may address an envelope to a married woman using either her first name ( “Mrs. Jane Doe”) or her husband’s (“Mrs. John Doe”). For informal correspondence, the address can read simply “Jane Doe”.

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Bottle Service : What’s the difference between wine with a screw top or cork?

Q. What is the difference between a good bottle of wine with a screw top or a good bottle of wine with a cork? Does the fact that it has a screw top have anything to do with the quality of the wine? (this is a white wine only question).

A. Traditionally, wine was always closed using a cork since at the time that was the only air-tight means of sealing a bottle which could then be transported. Today, it is possible to seal wine using a screw-cap, but research is being done as to whether the cork adds anything to the aging process of a fine wine. Before the research can be conclusive, it is safe to say that most good bottles of wine will have corks. A few companies are just starting to experiment, so you may see more fine bottles of wine with screw caps in the future, especially given the world-wide shortage of cork.