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.
While packaging is one of the many ways used to express the contents of a bottle, it is by far not the only outside element. Wine stoppers are a useful and telling detail about you as a wine lover.
Collecting is a fun hobby. Whether your collection is baseball cards or vintage salt and pepper shakers, the field of collectibles is not new. However, the items people collect change over time. A true collection is not something acquired because of the popularity of an item, but rather the collector's unique affinity for it. If you find something you love, want to decorate with it, and enjoy the hunt for it, then starting a collection may be something you enjoy.
Collecting wine bottle stoppers is a fun hobby, but displaying them in a fashionable way can be difficult.
The worst part about drinking wine is actually getting the wine bottle to open. Wine openers are made to help the wine drinker have their drink with ease.
Most wine enthusiasts already have enough wine, wine glasses and decanters. They probably also have wine stoppers and various accouterments with wine logos and decorations of wine bottles upon them. The really serious wine buffs even have digital wine thermometers, wine chillers and several wine totes. Surprise the wine lover who has it all with a steel wine caddy.