Tag Archives: Cork taint

• Wine screw caps increasingly damaged with bad results for taste

Wine screw caps increasingly damaged with bad results for taste

It is a debate that has divided wine connoisseurs everywhere: cork or screw cap? The use of corks can lead to cork taint but new research has found that more than 20 per cent of screw cap wine bottles end up with damaged caps, which can in turn cause chemical changes in wine. Wine expert […]

• Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Riesling gets a bad rap. Typically thought of as a sweet wine, American winos couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe your first icky experience was way-back-when and you swore you’d never drink Riesling again. Put that memory behind you and step up to some incredible wines. Happily, I had the chance to taste Rieslings from S.A. […]

• Learn What Bad Wine Smells Like to Stop Drinking Swill

Learn What Bad Wine Smells Like to Stop Drinking Swill

You don’t have to be a licensed sommelier to know a spoiled bottle of wine from a perfectly good one, but many of us wouldn’t know what a “corked” bottle smells like if it were staring us in the face. Here’s how to identify when the bottle you’ve been served has seen better days. There […]

• Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

The New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Iniatitive, the world’s first national pro-screwcap movement, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the following announcement. I can feel the vibrations from Portugal already…. JR As we peruse today’s crowded wine shelves, it is difficult to ignore the proliferation of screwcaps. With over 90% of New Zealand wine now […]

• Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cork & Cork Taint But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cork & Cork Taint But Were Afraid To Ask

The pop of a cork is almost as synonymous with wine as the subsequent pouring, swirling, and slurping.  Sometimes, though, the magic of this familiar ritual is ruined by the revelation that a bottle of wine is … well, “corked.” There are lots of reasons for cork’s dominance of the wine bottle closure market. It […]

• In praise of mature wine

In praise of mature wine

“It may seem absurd to write a post in praise of mature wine–indeed, it’s one of those things, like sunny days and flowers in bloom, that people aren’t exactly rushing to oppose. But sometimes we still need encouragement to take time to smell the flowers and such is the case with enjoying mature wine. It […]

• 2010 Cork Harvest Restores Inventory Levels

2010 Cork Harvest Restores Inventory Levels

Weather conditions contributed positively to the 2010 Portuguese and Spanish cork harvest, creating excellent growing conditions and providing for generous growth of the annual cork layer. A very rainy winter and spring, where precipitation levels in January and February were 30 percent higher than the average, made for a late, long harvest running through the […]

• 'Cork taint' in new oak barrels

'Cork taint' in new oak barrels

Following an increasing number of observations in various wineries around the world in recent years, it is now clear that, similarly to the well-known phenomenon in corks, there are several sources of unpredictable contamination of oak wood by 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA). TCA from the wood then contaminates wine aged in new barrels, giving it an extremely […]