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Cork soaking for TCA testing

Natural cork is doing very well these days

An article about how natural cork has made a comeback in recent years made me look for some interesting cork statistics from Apcor, the association of Portugal’s cork industry. 34% of the world’s cork forests are found in Portugal. That means 736,000 hectares in Portugal of a total of over 2 million hectares in the […]

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Cork soaking for TCA testing

VINC, new TCA-free cork from the Cork Supply Group

The Company Cork Supply Group, a major supplier of natural corks, introduced earlier this year a new cork called VINC. This is a cork that is guaranteed to be free of TCA contamination. In other words, a wine sealed with VINC will not be corked. VINC is a technical agglomerated cork, which means that it […]

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Zest: a synthetic cork for sparkling wines

Nomacorc, manufacturer of synthetic wine corks, has launched a synthetic cork for sparkling wines. The cork will start selling in Italy beginning of 2016. The visual aspect of the cork has been important for Nomacorc and Zest looks indeed very much like a champagne cork made of natural cork. If champagne producers would be willing […]

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Cork oaks in Provence

Portugal is the world’s largest cork producer but now competition is coming from Provence. Well, France will never have the volumes they have in Portugal. Portugal is still by far the world’s biggest cork producer. But this year 800,000 bottles will to be sealed with wine corks from cork oaks growing in the Massif des […]

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The screw cap is gaining ground

Some countries have gladly embraced the screw cap while the increase in other countries is slower. Wine consumer’s preferences are very different when it comes to choosing between natural cork and screw cap. The screw cap is, however, gaining ground everywhere even if the major wine countries France, Spain and Italy still prefer natural cork. […]

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Natural cork, alive and well

Those who believe that natural cork is about to die out should probably think again. Not only do the major wine countries such as France and Italy, in most cases, prefer natural cork, now more and more winemakers in the United States are also convinced of the benefits of the natural cork. There is no […]

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Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas

Demand for French wines growing – in the USA

It is not quite Jack in the Box, but French wines are making solid progress in the USA. In 2013 sales of French wines increased with 7.3% to reach 9.4 million cases, Shanken News Daily reports, based on numbers from Impact Databank. What counts in terms of numbers are of course the affordable wines in […]

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Chateau Brane Cantenac corks

Protect your wine with The Wine Condom

“The wine condom” will protect your wine once the bottle has been opened, it claims. Proper protection for your wine is indeed a good tag line. This new wine-related Kickstarter “wine condom” project had me intrigued when I read about it. What could possibly a “wine condom” do? If anything, I would love for my […]

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Corked wine? Not only cork defects

When you talk about faulty wines, the cork is often the scapegoat. However, there are other types of defects. A tasting in the region of Touraine in the Loire Valley shows that the cork defect is not the biggest problem. The tasting was conducted by the Inter Loire in September when a large number of […]

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Cork in an ice cold bottle of grappa

A new device to preserve an opened bottle of wine

Coravin lets you drink the wine without pulling the cork. At a price. There are various devices that you can use to keep your wine longer after you have opened the bottles and a new one has just arrived. Let’s first look at what exists today. Vacuum pumps Some work with a “vacuum” (to be […]

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Amorim helix cork

Amorim launches new natural cork

At Vinexpo, recently held in Bordeaux, Amorim launched a new way to seal a wine bottle called Helix Concept. Helix Concept is in fact both a bottle and a cork. The cork is a slightly longer version of the kind of cork you would put on a fortified wine. The bottle neck is specially designed […]

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Corks and stoppers of various types

Natural ”plastic cork”?

The plastic cork is one of several alternatives to natural cork. Some like it and some do not. Some producers refuse to put plastic in their bottles. While others think it is an excellent alternative for relatively simple wines that are sold to consumers who still want to open their bottles with a corkscrew. The […]

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The entrance gate and building of Chateau Margaux

Château Margaux in an experimental mood

More on Bordeaux. They have been doing some interesting experiments at Château Margaux reveals The Wine Sleuth, an interesting wine blog. At a tasting in London Paul Pontallier, director and wine maker at the chateau, talked about his experiments with organic and biodynamic wine growing on part of the estate. The participants tasted blind three […]

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A new wire cage muselet for sparkling wine

New muselet for the champagne bottle

Will this new invention be accepted by the Champagne producers? It is not easy to introduce new closures in the Champagne region (we recall Champagne Duval-Leroy’s attempt a couple years ago, that failed due to regulations). Perhaps Pierre-Eric Jolly will have more luck with his invention. At first sight, it is not a great revolution. […]

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Wine screw cap

If only everyone used screw caps! Or not.

“Why don’t you use screw cap?” is a question that winemakers are often asked when people come and visit (especially if the visitors are Swedish! All Swedes – and many Britons – seem convinced of the screw caps superiority). Twenty years ago virtually all wine was sealed with natural cork and screw cap was only […]

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A cork campaign with a distinct off taste

The “natural” cork industry has made great strides this year to regain credibility with consumers. Consumer attitudes to natural cork and screw caps vary vastly from one country to another. For example, in Scandinavia (and also in the UK it seems) many people are convinced that the only intelligent, not to say perfect, bottle closure […]

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Natural cork hits back

The English drinks magazine Off License News conducts a survey of consumer preferences for closures since a few years back. the question they ask is “What kind of closure do you prefer?” Last year screw cap became the number 1 preferred closure for the first time. 48% of respondents preferred it (up from 27% in […]

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Carlos de Jesus, Amorim

On cork: interview with Amorim [E] – BKWine TV

Cork in the bottle? Interview with Carlos de Jesus, marketing and communications director from Amorim, the worlds largest producer of natural cork. There has been a lot of criticism of cork in recent years, and people arguing that other type of stoppers are better: screw caps, plastic corks etc. Is cork a bad material to […]

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Does the cork breathe?

This question has been more hotly debated since the screw cap arrived on the scene. According to a study at the faculty of oenology at the Bordeaux University the answer is yes. The study, made in collaboration with the cork producer Amorim, concludes that the cork gives a small but measurable contribution of oxygen to […]

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