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Published letter to the editor from Ask Dr. Vinny | Wine Spectator, Issue: February 28, 2015 In a recent “Ask Dr. Vinny” column dealing with wine closures (online, Oct. 17), Dr. Vinifera writes, “Corks can crumble, fail, and cause bottle variation or TCA contamination,” all of which is true. However, because [Vinny] is admittedly “pro-twist off,” he creates the false impression ... Read More »

Corks seal a wine’s fate: aging under natural vs synthetic closures

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By Andrew Waterhouse, Professor of Enology at University of California, Davis | The Conversation | Published December 30, 2014 Most foods are best as fresh as possible. I remember picking peaches at my grandfather’s ranch in Northern California and eating them on the spot. What a taste! But the exceptions to this rule are the many wines that actually need some ... Read More »

Is Cork an Untapped Marketing Advantage?

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By Cyril Penn, WineBusiness.com | Posted: November 24, 2014 Cork suppliers are launching a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of natural cork wine closures. The initiative, which will involve radio spots and digital advertising, marks the first time the 100% Cork campaign has joined together with wineries to advertise on their behalf to raise awareness about cork. Wineries ... Read More »

92% of Gold Medal Winning Wines at Sonoma County Harvest Fair Sealed with Cork

Selby Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Selby Winery’s Cork-Finished 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Selected as the Sweepstake’s-Winning White Wine LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2014 – 100% Cork (www.100percentcork.org) said today that the results from the recently-concluded Sonoma County Harvest Fair further validate cork’s advantages over alternative stoppers, when it comes to what is best for wine. This year’s competition included over 1,000 wines made from Sonoma County grapes. ... Read More »

Pop! Goes The Cork: The Ideas Behind This Season’s Most Iconic Sound

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By Cathy Huyghe, Contributor, Forbes.com | Posted: November 14, 2014 It’s almost time! For cork-popping season, that is – that festive time of the year when the iconic sound of cork being released from a wine bottle signals the beginning of things. The beginning of a party, maybe. Or the beginning of a holiday celebration with friends or colleagues or ... Read More »

Cork: Harvest for the Patient Farmer

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By RJ Evans, Kuriositas.com Have you ever wondered where that cork in your bottle of wine comes from?  The answer is most likely to be Spain or Portugal, where over half of the world’s cork is harvested – it is in fact the National Tree of the latter country. However, unlike other forms of forestry, the production of cork never involves ... Read More »

Wine and the Environment?

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By Stephanie Valponi, Blogher.com | October 11, 2014 I love wine tasting and learning about pairing it with certain foods. It’s so much fun giving my favorite wines as gifts and there’s just something so elegant about it. A while back I posted a fun DIY about turning corks into coasters (you can check out the old post here). And believe ... Read More »

CBS News Sunday Morning: A toast to cork!

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CBS News Sunday Morning | October 5, 2014, 9:23 AM High in the mountains of Portugal’s Algarve region, correspondent Martha Teichner finds herself in what feels like a misty, magic forest, where giant cork trees grow; Teichner visits a fourth-generation cork manufacturer to discover the ages-old traditions of producing corks. See original report here. Read More »

Wineries Speak Up About the Benefits of Using Natural Cork

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(NewsUSA) – A growing list of leading wineries, including St. Francis, Bogle and Fetzer, are speaking up about the benefits of using natural cork. They recognize that not only does natural cork allow wines to age perfectly, but using natural cork also provides a potential competitive advantage when it comes to marketing their wine brands. According to Wines & Spirits ... Read More »

How Artisans Harvest Wine Corks In Portugal

Real Cork Harvesting in the Montado of Portugal

By Tina Caputo, Zester Daily | Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 The ax strikes the tree with a dry, hollow crack. The man wielding it carefully uses the edge of the blade to pry a thick piece of cork from the tree, then hands it down the ladder to a worker waiting below. In the surrounding forest, the crew continues separating the ... Read More »