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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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100% Cork Features Partners’ Wines at Conference

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 …

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Survey Says: American Wine Drinkers Prefer Cork

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 …

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The World’s Largest Cork Tree

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 …

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The Portuguese Montado (Cork Oak Forest)

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 …

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PORTUGAL X CORK

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 …

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The Best Eco-Tour Adventures

From Cork Forest Conservation Alliance For many, traveling is about experiencing new locations and food.  But for some, just visiting their destination is not enough.  These unique travelers must truly immerse themselves in the culture and not cause any negative harm to the environment while doing so.   Cultural tourism and ecotourism are ways for individuals to gain new life experiences that could have …

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Time To Reduce Our ‘Plastic Footprint’

By Dianna Cohen | Triple Pundit | September 2, 2015 Look around you. Our world is full of single-use plastic, meant to be used once and thrown away. And though some of it — depending on the type of plastic — could potentially be recycled or downcycled, the truth is that the majority of it becomes instant garbage, and much of it …

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Cork rises to the top as a highend design material

by Emma Love | Financial Times | May 29, 2015 The bark product is not just an effective way to seal a wine bottle. It is increasingly being used to create furniture and furnishings… Sign up with Financial Times to get the full article

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From Bark to Wine Stopper to Footwear — the Story of Cork

Every time you buy a bottle of wine sealed with a natural cork stopper, you’re helping to sustain one of the world’s most biodiverse forests and protect an extraordinary ecosystem. While it might seem counterintuitive, the best way to ensure that there is no shortage of cork is to use more cork. That is because the greater the demand for …

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