"Seasoned" cork bark.
“Seasoned” cork bark.

I guess it’s pretty obvious from my series about wine closures that I’m now a fan of natural cork.  It took a while to get there because I took for granted the common knowledge about corks vs. alternative closures.  That is, there was no type of taint under screwcap or artificial (plastic) “corks,” there was no difference in the aging of the wines, people accepted the screwcaps just as easily as they accepted natural corks, etc.  I was into the research only about a month before I had to face the fact that these mantras were largely false. Whether by accident or by design, people were being deluded on the superiority of  alternate closures and packaging for wine, and it was a hard truth to swallow.

Sometimes I feel that I’m a proverbial “voice crying in the wilderness,” but I finally decided to do what I could to bring the facts about natural cork to people.  My extensive research project (a true symptom of my inherent OCD if there ever was one) is obviously a lot more than most people care to tackle.  However, I decided to do something a little different.  Along with the wineries, wine stuff, and other topics on my “blogroll” (list of links), I decided to create one especially on cork. Anyone who visits my site from now one will be able to check out the links to cork and cork-friendly sites.  It’s a work in progress, but I think that this will generate interest.

I will not have links to artificial corks or artificial cork-friendly sites.  Unless, of course, there’s a lot of other stuff that’s valuable and cork – or lack thereof – is just an aside.  As the Reluctant Environmentalist™, it’s the least I can do.  I will not hug a tree, become a vegan, or give up my SUV, but I can passionately promote the use of natural cork in wines.  Actually, not only in wines, but anyplace where cork can easily replace plastic, aluminum, and other artificial materials.

All of that being said, I did open up a bottle of 2012 Albrecht Gewurztraminer last night, and it was yummy.  Screwcap.  Hey. I’m not a fanatic.  At least not completely.

Yeah.  I think I’ll go pump some gas.  Then cook a steak. This new “green” part of my persona has me unnerved!




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