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Wine Wisdoms #42: Cork and Tainted Love

 
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 11:59:12 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Cork has been used as a wine bottle closure for centuries.Corks and Screwcaps Many people would say they love the romance of pulling the cork from a bottle of wine, and no other closure will suffice. However, cork comes with a problem that has caused many wineries to move to alternative solutions like synthetic corks or screw caps.

A certain type of mold called Trichloroanisole (TCA) can attack the cork and spoil the wine. This is known as “cork taint.” It’s not common (1-3% of wine is infected) but it happens enough to cause wineries and consumers a lot of grief. Imagine paying $60 for a special bottle and opening it, only to find that it smells like a dank basement or wet newspaper! And imagine the frustration of the winemaker, that his/her wine could potentially reach your lips in this spoiled state.

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One Response to “Wine Wisdoms #42: Cork and Tainted Love”

  1. While definitely NOT a wine snob, I know wine I like and why I like it. Yes, there is romance in removing a cork, and the next best thing is a “cork” of substitue material. But please, no screw lids–its too easy and I would be embarrassed to open a screw top to serve my friends. I’m pushing eighty and don’t like change. Maybe also, a good substitute cork material could save some trees.

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