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Myths and Facts about Wine Faults

Even many sophisticated wine drinkers when tasting a wine that doesn’t seem quite right will automatically say it’s ‘corked’. But just as the ability to distinguish varietals or terroir is essential to becoming an educated wine drinker, so is the ability to distinguish off aromas and tastes. With this educational goal in mind, noted enologist Dr. Paulo Lopes recently conducted …

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Ridge Vineyards

Eric Baugher, one of America’s most acclaimed winemakers, speaks about one of America’s most acclaimed wines, Ridge Montebello: “The oldest wine I’ve tasted is a 1964 Ridge Montebello. I remember pulling that cork out. It came out in a full piece, and it just suddenly, it was like opening a perfume bottle; the essence of the Montebello vineyard came out …

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America’s Top Winemakers Talk About Wine and Cork

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. …

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How Cork Makes Wine Taste Better

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 …

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Consumer Preference for Natural Cork Means Higher Sales

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 …

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3 Excellent Reasons to Choose Wine with Natural Cork Stoppers

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 …

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How Cork Producers Are Making TCA Free Corks

(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 …

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World’s Top Rosés Love Natural Cork

(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 …

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Rombauer Vineyards

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 …

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Ridge Vineyards

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 …

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