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An Untainted Cork Study

What’s the easiest way for winemakers to raise the quality of their wine? Put a cork in it. A recent study published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management found that wine drinkers in a blind taste test rated the same wine 10% – 13% higher when they were led to believe by visual cues that the wine was closed …

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The first television advertisement campaign in the US for natural cork debuted on August 15 on the Comcast cable network in Napa and Sonoma counties. The advertisements are aimed at the wine industry and wine drinkers in America’s top prime winemaking region, and feature premier local winemakers sharing with their neighbors and colleagues personal and professional anecdotes as to why …

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According to a recent survey conducted by the Portuguese Cork Association, 88% of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines from the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 are sealed with cork closures. Of the red wines included in the lists, 92% are sealed with cork, while the number for whites is 74%. By country (note: country specific data is from the 2016-2017 …

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The 235-year old Whistler Cork Oak from Alentejo, Portugal was named the European Tree of the Year 2018, after gathering 26,606 votes of the 200,000 votes cast for thirteen candidate trees from countries representing every corner of Europe. The Whistler Cork Oak is named after the sound of the countless birds that perch in its branches. The bark of the …

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(From Deborah Parker Wong in the Somm Journal) When it comes to wine storage, old habits are hard to break. But Dr. Paulo Lopes, Research and Development Manager at Amorim Cork, advises that if temperature and humidity are maintained at the correct levels, wine can be stored upright with no ill effects. In fact, sparkling wine should always be stored …

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Rombauer Vineyards

Rombauer Vineyards describes their wines as “Quintessential American” creating a benchmark California Chardonnay, while the flavor of their Cabernet and other reds are distinctly from Napa Valley. Rombauer Vineyards believes natural cork plays an important role in preserving the notable tastes of the region, giving their wines a unique sense of place. #WeChooseCork

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Vineyard is known for producing classically rich and full-flavored wines, while remaining elegant and well-balanced. They believe “Natural cork shepherds the wine through the aging process.” “We feel the combination of a high-quality wine and a top-quality cork is inextricable, you can’t really separate one from the other.”

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

It’s important for Coppola Winery to produce unique age-worthy and fruit-forward wines, while remaining true to the varietal. Winemaker, Corey Beck notes that “corks help me sleep better at night! It allows the wine to continue to evolve…” Watch as Corey Beck continues to muse over the capabilities of natural cork, including how it helped preserve the flavor of a …

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St. Francis Winery

St Francis Winery puts tremendous emphasis on their wines being reflective of what Sonoma County’s diverse terroir has to offer! When looking at the natural oxygen exchange during the aging process, they believe their wine is best expressed with a natural cork closure.

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