I am reading a book at the moment, well to be honest I am reading many books, but a very good one I am enjoying now is “To cork or not to cork” by George M. Taber.
The topic, wine closures, is catching me so much that now, when I open a bottle, I always check the cork. When I find something interesting I take a picture and gather informations on its production and technology.

It’s a very deep world and extremely important for wine enjoyment. Here are some of my shots, in chronological order.

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Another episode of: the Cork Nerd! 😃 Today at lesson we have had one Irancy, one Saint-Bris and two Chablis Grand Crus. The first on the front, for the David Renaud Irancy Vaupessiot 2014, is a natural cork. Then we have a Saint-Bris 2016 Domaine Petitjean with a 100% recyclable Nomacork, a Jean-Marc Brocard Blanchot 2014 closed with Diam and finally, on the back, a William Fevre Les Preuses 2016 cork, a Diam 10 (for wines to be aged for at least 10 years in bottle). The wines were all great (also the Paul Chollet Cremant de Bourgogne whose cork is not in the photo and which was my favorite), but the Brocard and Petitjean got special praise. #wine #bourgogne #chablis #saintbris #sauvignonblanc #pinotnoir #cesar #cremantdebourgogne #irancy #williamfevre #davidrenaud #petitjean #paulchollet #chardonnay #brocard #cork

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New entry: this is a technical cork made by a body of agglomerated cork particles and two natural cork disks at the extremities. For the agglomerated part a special glue is used to avoid toxicity in the wine. Corks of this kind are also known as 1+1 corks or natural disks corks. Twin Top by Amorim is a famous example. There are also variations, some having two disks on each extremity instead of one (e.g. Two plus Two by Altec), others with one or more disks but only on one side (some sparkling wines corks). The first advantage of having an agglomerated part in the cork is that it will cost less, because you can reuse the material left from natural cork punching. Besides it should be less variable in quality than straight natural corks. On the other hand the natural disks make the cork mechanically stronger and avoid the granulate to be in contact with the wine. I don't know the producer of this one, but it was closing a Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel 2016. The wine was clean and fine. #cork #oneplusone #twoplustwo #technicalcork #naturaldiskscork #twintop #amorim #tavel #chateaudaqueria #wine

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