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Old 06-25-2008, 06:00 AM   #1
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Default Cheap Corks.

I just opened a bottle of Eugene Wine Cellars 2000 Pinot Gris....They used a cheap cork. It smelled like Vinegar on top of the cork. It crumbled into the bottle when the screw plowed through the bottom of the short cork, and the whole cork was like wet cardboard when I got it out. The wine is fine. Not Great...but It's worth the 8 or 9 bucks I may have paid, but I won't buy it again because of the cork issue.

All of this to say that I will never get the cheap corks again. I started out thinking that Natural 1" corks were fine for the 1/2 batch of apfelwein I would drink in the next few months...then use the synthetic for anything to store longer than a year. FORGET THAT! I'm using Synthetics EXCLUSIVELY from now on. Someone Should share this theory with the Big Boys...It'd save them some lost customers.


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Old 06-25-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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Many wine makers are going over to synthetic corks for exactly that reason. The quality of natural cork has been dropping & synthetics rarely ever fail or leak. One local has been using them for 5 years and his losses during storage have dropped from 5% to just about zero.


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One more reason to never screw throught the entire cork... 2/3 tops...
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One more reason to never screw throught the entire cork... 2/3 tops...
Never figured there'd be a 3/4" Cork in it.
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