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Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.

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Cork Revisited – Wine Passions: A Cork Comeback

It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.

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Cork Revisited – For Your Wine and for Your Head

After all, cork isn’t trying to function like screwcaps or synthetics, but the verso is most definitely true.

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Aluminum screwcap lined with plastic over a sustainable wine. {{sigh}}
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You and I, Face to Face. On Cork. Part Last

I’m so tired of seeing the currently stylish attitude of bashing cork, often by people who claim to be environmentally conscious. Reread the articles! Screwcaps and synthetics ain’t green! At all!

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Research, Me, and Bibliography – Part Six

“There has never been a peer reviewed or scientific study done to corroborate the outlandish claims of 5-10% spoilage of wines due to the natural cork closure. This a fallacy, perpetuated by those with a vested, financial interest in selling alternative closures. I’m happy to have you quote me on that.”

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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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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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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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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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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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