How wine corks are made
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Natural Cork, the Only Green Alternative – Part Five

The cork forest sucks up CO2 which is generated in part by the plastic and aluminum refining processes. “Endocrine disrupter” is not a phrase you’ll see in relationship to cork. And there’s no such thing as a “cork spill.”

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Hammersky vineyard
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Aye Aye Mercaptan! T’aint Cork Taint! Part Four

You’d think that having all of those beautiful experiences among the stunning scenery and environment of wine country would make me long to be a winemaker. And you would be wrong. Oh so very, very wrong.

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Varying wine closures
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Sealing the Wines, or ‘Tis it Taint? – Part Three

I found that many people blogging or reporting online were satisfied with parroting the status quo. I call that lazy research and lazy reporting.

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box wine comic
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Cork Taint and Box Wine – Is it Possible? Part Two

In addition, the wine itself has direct contact with the plastic bag, which is a permeable, petrochemical-based material. If the wine has any decent acid in it, that immediately should be cause for concern.

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Wine on Tap. Photo from Orlando Sentinel
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99 Keggers of Wine on the Wall…

Beer lovers, after all, get to have growlers filled with their favorite beer on tap and take them home for their personal enjoyment. Why not wine folks?

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Heck no, I'm not drinking box wine!
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Can a Boxed Wine be Corked? The (re)Search Begins. Part One

Yes, I know that this topic has been covered ad nauseum by every wine blog, website, magazine, book, opinion, study, expert, editorial, blah blah blah. I saw the dead horse. I decided to beat it.

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Buy the Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson
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Book Review – Buy the Right Wine Every Time

Just about every wine book I have has dated itself by honing in on specific vintages, which, years later, are no longer available, making the recommendations irrelevant. In manufacturing they call that planned obsolescence.

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Food Network logo 2013
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…And You Would be Wrong

So, yes, I do enjoy most of the programs on Food Network. It’s just that the occasional anomaly that is Cutthroat Kitchen is like the rotten apple. Or rotten egg. And stinks just as much. No, worse.

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Bin 702 – Officially the Cutest Wine Bar in Vegas

Downtown Vegas will be a force and although it will probably forever be in the shadow of the far more glamorous Strip, will be a place where locals can come to get their Vegas on.

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Paso Vineyard Hammersky
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California Wine Appellation Specialist – So What?

“It’s California,” I said to myself. “How hard could it be?” It was pretty damn challenging as it turned out. “This was a walk in the park,” said no CWAS student. Ever.

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Guri Stark painting
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Perfect Pairing – Wine, Art, Food, and Music

For instance, we like to “pair” our dancing with the proper music. Waltzing at a rap concert? Break dancing with Bluegrass? I think not.

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2003 Barolo
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A Cheeky Barolo Pairing

Now this combination is the essence of food and wine. This why people over millennia have embraced the combination where each one complements and lifts the other, making the whole far greater than the two individual parts. Kinda like 50+50=150.

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