Environmental Scientist Speaks Out in Favor of Cork Wine Closures

on 01/12/10 at 2:26 pm

Wine

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 social, economic and environmental benefits of using natural cork. The following quotes are drawn from the video testimonials.

“Choosing wine enclosed with high-quality natural cork protects 7 million acres of extremely valuable habitat … and it also makes the wine taste just a little bit better.” – Jim Bernau, founder Willamette Valley Vineyards.

“I have wines that are in the bottle for 30 years and I know the cork will maintain them and even allow them to improve.” – Ed Sbragia, former head winemaker for Beringer Vineyards and founder of Sbragia Wines.

“Harvesting cork in a sustainable way from managed forests not only preserves jobs … it protects us from embracing petroleum and fossil fuel alternatives.” – Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., Senior Scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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