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Wine: The importance of the cork

Why should we still favour cork as a closure?

By Barry Smith   February 2017


When does the enjoyment of a glass of wine begin? When you sip it? When you swirl it round in the glass to coax out its aromas? For me, it begins when you hear the cork being pulled from the bottle. The gentle squeaking as the cork is eased out followed by the satisfying pop when the aromas are first released. All this is part of the ceremony of serving and savouring a good bottle of wine.

Of course, not every bottle…

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