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America’s Top Winemakers Talk About Wine and Cork

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The Portuguese Cork Association is proud to introduce a video series on wine and cork from the perspectives of six of America’s top winemakers – Maggie Kruse of Jordan Winery, Richie Allen of Rombauer Vineyards, Corey Beck of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Tim Bell of Dry Creek Vineyard, Eric Baugher of Ridge Vineyards, and Katie Madigan of St. Francis Vineyards. ... Read More »

How Cork Makes Wine Taste Better

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Wines under cork rated higher in blind taste test – Most winemakers know that natural cork can make their wine taste better. That is why over 70 percent of all wine is sealed with cork, and the vast majority of the world’s finest wines.  The oxygen contained within the cork, diffused into the bottle at a predictable but non-linear rate ... Read More »

Consumer Preference for Natural Cork Means Higher Sales

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Test Shows 47% Percent Sales Benefit for Wines Identified as Using Natural Cork, 83% for Reds Only – Does professed consumer preference for natural cork effect in-store purchase decisions? This question is difficult to answer because labels do not give information on closure type. What if information on closures was available to buyers? Would it effect wine sales? To answer ... Read More »

3 Excellent Reasons to Choose Wine with Natural Cork Stoppers

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From Emily Monaco at the Organic Authority: ‘You might think that you’re making a more sustainable choice when you choose wine bottles closed with plastic or aluminum, but the truth is that the traditional cork stoppers are by far the best option.’ The article goes on to say “major advances have been made in identifying corks affected with cork taint ... Read More »

How Cork Producers Are Making TCA Free Corks

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(This article excerpted from sevenfiftydaily.com, September 5, 2017, by Amanda Barnes “The Future of Cork Closures”) Cork trees have been harvested in the same way for centuries and that’s unlikely to change; the processing of cork bark, however, has become practically unrecognizable in the last few years. The cork bark from Quercus suber trees goes through several selection processes—in the ... Read More »

World’s Top Rosés Love Natural Cork

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(August 23, 2017) In continued validation of the connection between quality wine and natural cork, eight of the top nine rosé wines chosen in 2017 in a competition conducted by the Global Rosé Masters on behalf of The Drinks Business are finished with natural cork. The nine wines came at all price points from $19 to $90. As expected, France ... Read More »

Rombauer Vineyards

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When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region ... Read More »

Ridge Vineyards

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The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique ... Read More »

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

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For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. The family-owned winery, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, produces award-winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and “Old Vines” Zinfandel. Founder Joe Martin fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard ... Read More »

100% Cork Features Partners’ Wines at Conference

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APCOR (the Portuguese Cork Association) and the Cork Quality Council attended the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on August 16, 2017 – speaking to attendees about the attributes and advantages of natural cork, pouring wines finished with natural cork, and connecting with friends and figures from the wine industry. At our booth in the Lobby Bar, guests enjoyed wines provided ... Read More »