There isn’t a lot I don’t know about wine. And corks. And that picture at left shows what my daughter and husband did with corks. Here’s some really good news from the email files:
Women buy 80 percent of all wine sold in the U.S., and women overwhelming prefer cork stoppers.
30 million bottles of wine are sold in the U.S. annually.
Cork is one of nature’s most sustainable products. There is no shortage of cork, nor are the cork trees cut down to make cork stoppers. The more that cork is used, the greater the incentive to maintain and plant more cork oaks.
Want more info on cork? Visit www.100percentcork.org Here are a few Q & As from that website:
Q. What happens to the cork trees after the bark is removed?
A. Contrary to widely held misconceptions, the trees are not cut down or harmed in any way in the harvesting process. Like sheep, whose shorn wool grows back over time, the bark from a cork oak regenerates every nine years.
Q. Isn’t there a cork shortage?
A. No. Based upon current estimates, there is enough cork to seal all wine bottles produced in the world for the next 100 years. The cork forests are now being more sustainably managed than ever before, and new planting is always ongoing.
Q. Why is cork the preferred wine stopper?
A. For centuries, cork stoppers have been the closure par excellence for wine, preferred by over 70% of producers worldwide and used in more than 12 billion bottles every year. 93% of wine consumers associate natural cork with higher quality wines. The reason is simple. Unlike alternative stoppers, only cork allows just the right amount of oxygen to interact with the wine so that it ages properly.
Thanks to Wendy Tanaka of Sitrick And Company in San Francisco, Calif., for the info.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!