What’s Cork Taint?

Cork contamination can cause wine to spoil, with 1-15% of bottled wines affected. The cause is often a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, which can develop if fungi come into contact with environmental pollutants called chlorphenols. Synthetic corks and screw-top wines can also suffer from cork contamination. The smell of cork is usually the explanation for why […]

What’s fake cork?

Faux cork is a synthetic material used as an alternative sealant for wine and spirits bottles. It was developed due to environmental pressure on trees that produce natural cork, the susceptibility of natural cork to bacterial rot, and its increasing expense. While faux cork solved some problems, it also attracted criticism for being difficult to […]

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