Winemakers try to set cork-popping distance record

By Larry Burkum | KCRG-TV9 | CEDAR RAPIDS | February 27, 2015

Iowa wine growers on Friday attempted to set a record for the longest flight of a sparking wine cork.

The fun took place at Kirkwood Community College during the Iowa Wine Growers Conference. In a two-round event, sparkling wine makers fired corks from a fixed table.

“Why not let Iowa be the first one to get the official world record and next year we’ll have the competition here invite everybody and their brother to where ever we have it and make this an annual event to try and break the record we’re going to set (Friday night),” said John Burns of Barrel Head Winery.

The winner popped a cork that flew just over 45 feet, 9 inches.


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