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David Lidsky: Put a Cork in it

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    While it may not immediately catch your attention, it’s fascinating to recognize that each bottle of wine possesses its distinctive personality. At first glance, a cork might seem like a simple and uniform component, but in reality, every cork bears a unique imprint of the rich history and culture of the world of wine. This intriguing aspect is particularly appreciated by true wine connoisseurs who understand and appreciate the subtle nuances and complexities that lie within the seemingly ordinary cork stopper.

    David Lidsky, a writer for Fast Company, eloquently shares his firsthand experience with a cork that almost embodies the spirit of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine. The role of a cork goes beyond being a mere stopper; it serves as a guardian of the precious liquid contained within the bottle, a sentinel of time, and a transmitter of the wine’s heritage. Each cork tells a story, bearing the heritage of the vineyard, the winemaker’s craftsmanship, and the uniqueness of the specific vintage. This often-overlooked aspect of wine culture provides a profound connection to the rich tapestry of human history and the art of winemaking.

    “Anyone who’s gone away from cork wants to come back,” says Erin Grace, director of imports at the distributor Winebow. Cork makers are fighting taint with improved manufacturing processes, and wooing consumers by promoting cork as sustainable, complete with a recycling initiative with Whole Foods.”

    via-Fast Company

    Tony M.