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Where Do Corks Come From?

Bill wrote in to ask where corks come from. Cork is a type of oak and the biggest supplier is Portugal. More here:

You might like to know that natural cork is by far the best choice, environmentally. In fact environmentalists are quite concerned about the trend toward alternatives because the cork forests are habitat for endangered species.

It seems to me I’ve been pulling out very few bad corks over the last few years. Do you agree?How do you feel about the alternatives? Let me know! 

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Do I Need to Store the Bottle Sideways?

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Question from Marla: If the bottle has a plastic cork or a screw cap do I still need to store it sideways?

Reply: Hi, Marla. Thanks for writing! If you’re not sure what kind of seal it is, it’s smart to store the bottle sideways. But, if you know it’s a screw cap or a plastic cork you can store it any old way you want.

Cork-finished bottles need to be stored sideways or upside down to keep the cork swollen with wine so the seal is tight. For any other seal, don’t worry about it. As long as the bottle’s in a cool, dark place it can stand up or whatever.

How do y’all feel about these newer closures? Are you OK with screw caps? I find my attitude has evolved to the point that when I buy a bottle from New Zealand, and it’s the rare one that actually has a cork, I’m annoyed at the extra work it takes to pull the darned thing out! I just want to crack that bottle open! Who’d a thunk me or anyone would feel this way 10 years ago?!

Let me know if you want to see a post on the advantages and disadvantages of the various closures.

I wrote a more detailed article on wine storage awhile back if you’d like more information. Happy cork popping, screw-cap cracking, whatever it takes to get the bottle open – go for it! Cheers!

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Is There a Cork Shortage?

There’s this persistent rumor going round that there’s a cork shortage. Any truth to it? Nope. 

I feel like I’m pulling far fewer bad corks out of bottles over the past few years. How about you? And, how do you feel about the alternatives? 

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