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Cork it: Many Bay Area wine producers are switching back to natural cork

St, Francis Winery

By Chris Rauber | San Francisco Business Times | May 31, 2015 Christopher Silva, a fifth-generation Sonoma County native, is big on sustainable agriculture and “green” alternatives. So back in 2013, he decided to stop using synthetic wine bottle closures on virtually all of his company’s wines and return to the natural solution: Cork. And he hasn’t looked back. Silva’s company and …

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100 Percent Cork at BottleRock Napa

100PercentCork BottleRock #CorkIsCooler

May 29, 2015 100 Percent Cork is proud to be at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley event: 3 days of Music, Wine, Food and Beer May 29-31. Drop by the 100% Cork booth to get free stuff like Cork sandals, wine tote bags, and other cool sustainable surprises. Instagram booth pictures with the hashtag #CorkIsCooler to get more prizes at …

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Put a Portuguese Cork in It at the Conrad Algarve

Fotografia e Antropologia / Photography and Anthropology

by Julia Buckley | HotelChatter | May 21, 2015 Cork: Often enjoyed, rarely appreciated before it’s cruelly cast aside in favor of opening another bottle. But one hotel is out to change all that. The Conrad Algarve, in Portugal, wants you to reevaluate your relationship with cork. There are two things we like about its new Cork Route Experience. One …

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Any Wine Worth Its Grapes Deserves Natural Cork

Any wine worth its grapes deserves natural cork

There’s no shortage of wines to enjoy this summer. But here’s a tip: Always look for wines finished with natural cork. Real cork is one sure sign of quality and an authentic signature of the winemaker’s art. And while some wineries have tried alternatives, a growing number are coming back because of cork’s leading qualities – it’s better for wine, and it’s sustainably harvested. Remember: …

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World of Wine: Americans, French alike consider cork best bottle closure

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By Ron Smith | Inforum | April 15, 2015 Want something to show off at your next Trivial Pursuit game? Try this: What natural material is lighter than water, nearly impervious to air, hard to burn, resists rot, so elastic that it can snap back into original shape after 14,000 pounds of pressure per cubic inch and, by the way, …

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The Other Side of Cork

Real Cork Harvesting in the Montado of Portugal

By Ann Chandler, Saudi Aramco World | Published March/April 2012 The grin on Manuel Peixiubo’s weathered face appears easily beneath his frosty moustache. Peixiubo is jovial and friendly, but he works fast and doesn’t stop while he talks. Here on the Pipa cork farm near Coruche, 40 kilometers (25 mi) southeast of Lisbon in Portugal’s sunny Alentejo region, a man’s wage …

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100% Cork launches Earth Day social media campaign to plant cork oaks in Portugal

Cork plant a tree

SAN FRANCISCO | Business Wire | April 1, 2015 – For the second year, 100% Cork, a global campaign to raise awareness of cork’s environmental benefits, is providing a free opportunity for anyone to help plant cork saplings. The Earth Day social media campaign runs now through April 22, and each time someone “Likes,” “Shares” or “Follows” 100% Cork on …

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Photo Exhibition: Cork extraction in North Alentejo (Portugal)

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Photographer: Jorge Sarmento | SDN- Social Documentary Network  The Social Documentary Network invited the photographer Jorge Sarmento to exhibit his photos with the title “Cork extraction in North Alentejo (Portugal)”. This work was made for APCOR (Portuguese Cork Association) during summer of 2014. Take a look at http://socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Jorge_Sarmento/3037

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Got Wine Corks? Recycle Them!

Wine Cork Industry

WFMY News 2 | Greensboro, NC | March 18, 2015 There is a new push to recycle wine corks. It’s not to save cork trees, it’s actually to get more industries to use cork in their products. To make a wine cork, farmers shave off the bark from a cork tree. Farmers don’t have to cut the tree down and …

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