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June 1, 2011

Natural Corks Dominate Closure Survey Report

Natural corks dominated once again in Wine Business Monthly's 2011 Closure Survey Report. The study concluded that natural corks are by far the most popular closure for 750mL wine bottles amongst wineries large and small. Screw caps have firmly established their role as a main cork alternative next to technical and synthetic closures. And although we are seeing a continued decline in "the number of wineries using synthetic closures, their popularity among larger wineries ensures that they'll continue to close a very significant fraction of the total number of wine bottles for the foreseeable future".

If you don't already have the June issue of Wine Business Monthly, we highly recommend getting a copy for the entire Closure Survey Report.If you do have it, check out the new ad we're running on page 36! We're also nestled right in the middle of the Cover Story in the May/June Issue of Vineyard & Winery Management (also located on page 36).

"Is the world around us corked?"

Jon Bonné, of, explains that cork taint isn't just found in corks. It's found in common household produce like bananas, apples, and carrots. Cork taint is also found in many chlorine-based products, like household bleach.

"Corks are good for health"

Teatro Naturale International gives a brief explanation of how corks can actually be good for the health.

Vineyard and Winery Management May/June 2011 Issue

If you do not subscribe to Vineyard and Winery Management, you can view the May/June 2011 Issue by clicking the link above. Skip to page 36 to see our new advertisement located right in the middle of the cover story!

April 29, 2011

Corks, Screw Caps. Screw Caps, Corks?

"Wine Review: Cork vs. Cap"

The Telegraph's Victoria Moore expresses her personal preference for screw caps over natural corks. "The cork-or-cap question is a tricky's all a matter of 'reduction'" she believes. Be sure to read the comments below the original article as well.

"Ditching screwcaps in Favour of Cork?"

South African winery Klein Constantia makes a surprising switch. Read the full article to find out why.

March 31, 2011

March Madness: Natural Corks vs. Screw Caps

"Screwing Around: Screw Caps vs. Cork—Which Way Would You Go?"

This article, by master sommelier Fred Dame, puts a new twist on the debate between cork and the best alternative to cork: the screw cap.

"Science Proves How Closures Work"

This article is a brief summary of a scientific paper which outlines the results from an investigation to determine the effect of the oxygen dissolved at bottling and the specific oxygen barrier properties of commercially available closures on the composition, color and sensory properties of a Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc wine during two years of storage.

February 14, 2011

Unified Raffle Winners and "The Great Cork Debate"

"The Great Cork Debate: Natural vs. Synthetic vs. Screw Cap"

Though the article is a year old, Stephanie Warren makes some pretty good points about synthetic corks, screw caps, and natural corks.

"Record 12,200 Attend 2011 UW&GS"

A record number of people in the wine industry attended the 2011 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. Our booth is pictured in this eNewsletter! We're the red booth just to the left of the first pillar. You can even see a few of our fuzzy outlines when you zoom in!

December 28,2010

Cheers to You and Yours in 2011

"Hac(king) a Wine, The New Science of Cork Taint"

Reign of Terroir makes a plea for everyone to stop using the term "corked"--as there are a number of things (aside from cork) that can be the source of taint.

"9 Ways a Wine Retailer can use Mobiles to Sell More Wine In-Store"

Find out how cell phones can bring you more business.

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

We're attending the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, January 26 & 27. We look forward to seeing you at our booth (#739)! For the Exhibit Hall Floor Map, click here.

Seasons Greetings!

Click on the link above to download and print our holiday postcard. For the best printing results, use cardstock.

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November 24, 2010

What We're Thankful for: Real Cork!

"A Success Story from the Douro Valley"

Interview with Dirk Van der Niepoort--Part one of the "Great Men of Wine" series by APCOR (Portuguese Cork Association, which Cortica Benicia is a proud member of). For more information related to real, natural cork, visit their website at

"Cork Taint: The Big Lie"

The Facts and Fiction of Cork Taint. An article found on's website. 100% Cork is an organization dedicated to spreading the word on how great it is to use natural cork!

"Portugal's New Twist on the Cork Industry"

What's happening in the cork industry and in the cork oak forests of Portugal? An article found on Time Magazine's website:

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