Tag Archives: Cork

• Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

Goodbye Cork? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Bioplastics. If you were remaking The Graduate in wine country this decade, there might be a great future in bioplastics. When organic, biodynamic and sustainable vintners look to bring their low-impact philosophies to their packaging, they often end up torn […]

• Can wine drinkers tell if screw caps or corks are used?

Can wine drinkers tell if screw caps or corks are used?

To help winemakers determine the best caps for their wine bottles, researchers at UC Davis, are studying the performance – specifically the variability – within different types of closures. Their goal is to determine whether consumers can taste the difference in wines that are bottled and capped exactly the same – a difference that could […]

• Open a Bottle of Wine Using Just a Piece of String

Open a Bottle of Wine Using Just a Piece of String

If you need to open a bottle of wine but don’t have a corkscrew nearby, Instructables user Saul shows us how to get that cork out using just a piece of string and a bit of knot-tying.

• Corks can slow aging & increase health benefits of wine

Corks can slow aging & increase health benefits of wine

Natural corks may release phenolic compounds which can slow the ageing process and increase the health benefits of wine, according to Paulo Lopes, oenologist and member of Amorim’s R&D team. Speaking at the Wine Faults Workshop at the London International Wine Fair last week, Lopes said: “Natural corks are rich in phenolic compounds and we […]

• Can I recycle wine bottle closures?

Can I recycle wine bottle closures?

About 55 million cases of bottled wine are sold in California each year. Of those, about 70% are closed with cork stoppers, 16% with metal screw tops and 14% with plastic, according to Amorim, the Portuguese cork supplier that runs the cork-reclamation group ReCork. Most wine stoppers are wrapped in “foil” that covers the top […]

• Cork Is Back As U.S. Wineries Increase Use Of Cork Closures

Cork Is Back As U.S. Wineries Increase Use Of Cork Closures

Premium domestic wineries are continuing to increase their use of cork closures, with brands using cork once again showing higher annual and holiday-period sales growth compared to those with alternative closures, according to a survey released today by the Cork Quality Council (CQC) based on data from A.C. Nielsen. Among the top 100 selling brands, […]

• Environmental Scientist Speaks Out in Favor of Cork Wine Closures

Environmental Scientist Speaks Out in Favor of Cork Wine Closures

100% Cork, the movement to encourage wineries and retailers to increase their use of natural cork stoppers, has kicked into high gear with the launch of a new web site at www.100percentcork.org and a national advertising campaign. The site prominently features video testimonials from vintners, designers and a world-renowned environmental leader speaking out about the […]

• 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 […]

• U.S. Wineries Increase Their Use of Cork Closures as Cork Stoppers See Higher Sales Growth

U.S. Wineries Increase Their Use of Cork Closures as Cork Stoppers See Higher Sales Growth

Boozenews Editor:  Hmmm, is this the sound of nostalgia or do people just think that cork stoppers represent higher quality? In any case, it may seem counterintuitive, but wine screw caps put forest in jeopardy. Premium domestic wineries are increasing their use of cork closures, with brands using cork showing higher annual sales growth over […]

• '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 […]

• Campaign promotes wine corks over screwcaps

Campaign promotes wine corks over screwcaps

Boozenews Editor: here’s a different ‘take’ on the cork campaign The cork industry has mounted a new campaign called I Love Natural Cork, that invites consumers to pledge to buy more wine sealed with natural cork stoppers. “Natural cork in your wine bottle does more than just preserve and improve the quality and character of […]

• Ads Urge Wineries to Preserve the Cork

Ads Urge Wineries to Preserve the Cork

Boozenews editor: see previous story about cork sustainability. The Portuguese cork industry, backed by the Portuguese government, is undertaking an American-style campaign with a green twist. Actually, “twist” might be the wrong word, because the campaign seeks to encourage wineries to use cork stoppers rather than aluminum twist-off caps or stoppers made of plastic and […]

• Say it ain't so! Champagne cork to be replaced by metal top

Say it ain't so! Champagne cork to be replaced by metal top

It is a sound associated with celebration around the world, but the pop of a traditional champagne cork could soon be replaced by the click of a metal cap if one leading producer’s experiment takes off. Duval-Leroy, one of the larger Champagne houses which produced more than 6 million of the 320 million bottles of […]

• Faulty Wine? When to Put a Cork In It

Faulty Wine? When to Put a Cork In It

Finding fault with a wine is a snob’s dream. I remember one incident a few years ago…

• Seems counterintuitive but wine screw cap puts forests in jeopardy

Seems counterintuitive but wine screw cap puts forests in jeopardy

The removal of cork oak forests threatens rare species such as the Iberian Lynx and environmentalists fear that if farmers cannot make money from cork they will replant with non-native eucalyptus trees.