Corked and UnCorked
by jim van bergen
It's a New Year, and a dozen people have reached out to me regarding an NPR article about alternative bottle closures.
A spongy material which comes from the bark of the Cork Tree, cork is what has traditionally been used to seal wine bottles. A limited number of cork trees have produced a shortage of cork, whereby man-made materials are now being increasingly used to make and replace cork. Sadly, we may be looking at the end of cork as we know it.
When you choose a bottle of wine to enjoy, you may not realize all the amazing things that you can do with it. There are many options besides the normal choice to recycle or throw it away.
The exquisite wine bought for a special occasion usually is accompanied by a cork, which one can struggle to open, often destroying the cork in the process. Most, after the wine is poured, will replace the cork to preserve the essence of the wine.
If you love wine, but hate the stuffiness and pretentiousness of the culture, break away with a fun twist on displaying your wine bottles. H&K wine caddies are a whimsical and charming way to display your wine.