California failure analysis expert witness was asked to perform a detailed failure analysis of a broken wine bottle. Glass fractography was used to determine the root cause failure mode. The failure originated at damage caused by the prop on the cork screw. The fact that there were two damage sites on opposite sides of the bottle and that the cork was only partially removed, indicates that the force to remove the cork was excessive. The donward force on the prongs crushed the top of the bottle at two places and initiated a crack that was driven by the force needed to move the cork. This failure was not the result of a bottle manufacturing defect; it was caused by the high forces needed to move the cork and the type of cork screw used. Upper left is a photograph of the two pieces of the bottle neck. Upper right is a 20X photomicrograph of the failure origin and the initial part of the crack. The arrows show the initial travel direction of the crack. Also, visible is the “crush point” at the beginning of the failure.