A screw cap is a metal cap that screws onto threads on the neck of a bottle, generally with a metal skirt down the neck to resemble the traditional wine capsule (“foil”). A layer of plastic (often PVDC), cork, rubber, or other soft material is used as wad to make a seal with the mouth of the bottle. Read on….
“We have created and patented an innovative manufacturing process – says Tessitore, founder of Vegea srl and Wineleather’s inventor – that turns the fibers and vegetable oils present in grape pomace into an eco-friendly material with the same functional, esthetic and sensory characteristics as leather.” Read on….
Australian consumers pay more attention to the flavour descriptions on the back of a wine bottle than to shop staff recommendations, according to a report by global market research firm Wine Intelligence. Read on….
Conveying the essence of both the style and flavour of a wine is an enduring challenge of the category. How can a few words on a wine label convey a whole sensory experience? Read on…..
Alert: wine controversy! The latest missile to ignite debate within the wine community comes from Bianca Bosker, who wrote in a March 17 New York Times article that “the time has come to learn to love unnatural wines.” Read on….
Synthetic corks are made from plastic compounds designed to look and “pop” like natural cork, but without the risk of TCA contamination. Disadvantages of some wine synthetic corks include a risk of harmful air entering a bottle after only 18 months, as well as the difficulty in extracting them from the bottle and using the plastic cork…
There are about 2,200,000 hectares of cork forest worldwide; 34% in Portugal and 27% in Spain. Annual production is about 200,000 tons; 49.6% from Portugal, 30.5% from Spain, 5.8% from Morocco, 4.9% from Algeria, 3.5% from Tunisia, 3.1% Italy, and 2.6% from France. Once the trees are about 25 years old the cork is traditionally stripped from the trunks every nine years, with the…