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Cork's Popping Potential - There is no stopping cork.

Once best known for closing wine bottles, the nonflammable oak wood from ancient Mediterranean forests is today's hot design material. As part of London's Cultural Olympiad this past summer, architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei created the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park as an undulating, underground "landscape in cork." More.

 

Save a Tree, Use Real Cork

I had always thought plastic wine corks and screw caps were tacky, but now I have a good reason for avoiding them.

Buying wine with real corks helps preserve the cork forests of Portugal and the wider western Mediterranean, which are, it turns out, ecological marvels. I write about the discovery, on a recent trip to Portugal, in my latest Green column. More.

 

The Club Jimmy Woo in Amsterdam uses Cork
After the seventies things got quiet around cork… Today, cork floors and walls are making their comeback. More.

 

Divers find what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne
Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, one of the finders said Saturday. They tasted the one bottle they've brought up so far before they even got back to shore. More.

 

The Portugal Pavillion in Expo Shanghai 2010 is made of black agglomerated cork - April 2009
Cork, more specifically, black agglomerate, will be the material of excellence for the building of the Portugal Pavillion in Expo2010, Shanghai, China. More.

 

Put a cork in it - Mother Nature Network - May 2009
Turning to the bottle to fix your troubles is hardly advisable. But uncorking your favorite Pinot Noir may help alleviate one problem—the destruction of the world’s cork oak forests.

 

Save this amazing forest ... uncork a botle of wine - Daily Mail - November 2008
Is there any sound in the world that holds greater promise than the gentle pop of a cork being pulled from a wine bottle?
It heralds conviviality, conversation, fine food and good cheer. The thin rattle of a metal screw-top cap being removed just isn't the same.
But there is another, far more important reason to insist on a cork.

 

Natural Cork Rebirth - Wines & Vines - August 2008
Natural cork is the Merlot of the closures market. After a decade of bad press, it's still doing a brisk business. While Merlot got beat up in that movie, cork takes some hits in a recent book, George Taber's To Cork or Not to Cork. And both products still have some work to do before they are, so to speak, out of the woods.

 

T'ain't necessarily corks: prevention and eradication of winery TCA - Wines and Wines 2007
In case you thought screwcaps and synthetic closures would eliminate the menace of cork taint, think again-it doesn't just come from corks.
Thanks to a series of high-profile exposures, the problem of systemic TCA-the same moldy menace, but spread throughout an entire winery, not just housed in individual corks-has become a critical industry issue.

 

Screwcaps blamed for tainting wine

The tasters at this year's International Wine Challenge, discovered that while cork taint is on the decline, the problems affecting wines sealed with screwcaps have probably been underestimated.From a blind tasting of more than 9,000 wines they discovered that 2.2 per cent of the screwcapped wine had been damaged.By Richard Alleyne

 

Cork may yet redeem itself
Cork taint looks like it could be in decline – but the scale of the problems affecting wines sealed with screwcaps have probably been underestimated, according to data released following this year’s International Wine Challenge. Writes Maggie Rosen and Graham Holter

 

Seal of Approval
There's nothing more dispiriting than opening a corked wine. So why is cork still the closure of choice for wine drinkers, asks Sally Easton

 

Scientifically speaking
Paul White gets into the technical nitty-gritty to reveal the shortcomings both of screwcaps and of the theories seeming to support their use.

 

Performing seals
Do screwcaps have an Achilles heel? Taking a look at test coming from New Zealand, plus my own personal experiences with that country’s wines increasingly, it looks like they may not be any more perfect as wine closures than the corks they replaced. In a paradoxical twist of the cap, producers who have opted for screwcaps may have simply swapped one set of problems for another. Writes Paul White.

 

Cork Screwed 
Check under the foil wrapper before you break open your next bottle of wine. No longer deemed low-classe, synthetic and screw-top stoppers are replacing real cork and threatening an entire ecosystem, says Susan McGrath

 

Put a cork in it
New research findings are good news for supporters of natural wine bottle sealer. Cork has been show in a more favourable light. Says Huon Hooke

 

A pox on plastic corks
The synthetic version of the natural stopper is difficult to extract, impossible to reuses and not even airtight. Says Jancis Robinson

 

Close combat
The closure debate rumbles on, with not even the hint of an end in sight. Jamie Goode considers the latest evidence from the cork and screwcaps camps.

 

Cork fights for its life
A decent cork will provide a good seal for years, possibly longer, allowing the wine to develop and mature. And, despite the tightness of this seal, it is relatively easy to take a cork out. Added to this, removing the cork is a valued part of the tradition and ceremony of wine. People like the process and the fact that cork is a product of nature is seen as positive attribute to many in today’s environmentally conscious society. By Jamie Goode

 

Cork debate rages on
Producers are still at odds as to which style of closure is best for their wine, writes Susie Barrie

 

The cork stopper is (not always) to blame!
As far as I am concerned, I will not use the CORK TASTE description again to classify a defective wine with TCA because the cork stopper is not always to blame, writes Miguel Matos Chaves