The Faux Wine Cork Industrial Complex

It’s great fun to know the origin of the things you buy. GREAT FUN. If you would like to see how wine corks are made, there is a delightful photographic guide right here! WINE CORKS. Important, vital. Natural, sustainable. An NYT piece highlighting a 2010 advertising campaign against twist-off wine bottles and synthetic corks notes—THE FAUX WINE CORK INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX—makes a good case for sticking to the the real stuff. For example, the natural cork industry employs thousands of people in Portugal alone! The highest grade ones cost 1 euro each!  This is an art. I feel shame for my preference of twist-off caps. Never again.

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