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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 »

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 »

Survey Says: American Wine Drinkers Prefer Cork

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In order to better understand the attitudes and purchasing behaviors of American wine consumers toward wine closures, the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) and the California-based Cork Quality Council conducted a joint study performed by U.S. wine market research company, Wine Opinions. Among many findings, the survey revealed that American wine drinkers prefer cork closures. In addition to an overwhelming preference ... Read More »

The World’s Largest Cork Tree

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from the Cork Quality Council Named for the countless songbirds that occupy its dense canopy – the Whistler Tree is the most productive cork oak on record. The Whistler Tree grows in the Alentejo region of Portugal and is over 230 years old. It has been producing the finest quality wine corks every nine years since 1820. This year’s harvest ... Read More »

The Portuguese Montado (Cork Oak Forest)

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From Portuguese Cork Association www.realcork.org Like the vineyards of the Douro Valley or the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, cork oak forests are a very specific, delicately-balanced ecosystem and persist only in the Mediterranean basin (Algeria and Morocco) and particularly in the southern regions of the Iberian Peninsula influenced by the Atlantic such as Portugal, which is proud to have the largest ... Read More »

PORTUGAL X CORK

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by Melanie Abrantes | November 10, 2015 | MelanieAbrantes.com CORTIÇA: CORK IN PORTUGUESE In October I was was invited by the Portuguese Cork Association (Apcor) to visit Portugal to see how cork is harvested and made. I was so excited to get this once in a lifetime opportunity to view this process in person. Cork is such a huge part of ... Read More »