I can't stress enough about
getting a good cork for your wine.
I recently took a bronze in my first ever wine
competition which was a national event. I also recently
visited my cellar to find a cork or two on the floor with many
others pushing out. I'm not saying its all the cork's
fault, but I am looking for a good cork that I can recommend to
you. Out of the 30 bottles I started with, I only have
12 left that haven't pushed the cork out. The
fermentation has completed as far as I can tell. I'm
somewhat frustrated with this and am looking to try some synthetic
and winery grade corks now.
I've tried a couple of different
types of corks, and am still searching for the ones I'll always use.
There are different grades, sizes, etc of corks out
there. There are:
Natural Winery Grade Corks (three
grades, super, first and second)
recommend talking with your local wine supply shop and getting a long
life cork of high quality. You never know when someone who
collects wine, may take a bottle you gave them and let it sit in a
cellar for 5-10 years. From left to right: cheap
conglomerate, high quality conglomerate, winery grade
overruns, and synthetic.
I'll have a new photo or two
Corks Long Corks... Size does matter.
Short corks are easier going into the bottle,
and easier coming out of the bottle. However, there are some problems.
Short corks have a shorter life. When driving a corkscrew into them to
remove the cork from the bottle, some corkscrews will penetrate the
cork and leave cork chips on top of the wine. The long cork is of
sufficient length that the corkscrew stops short of penetrating the
cork. For the short term wine, the short cork has about 6 months less
buying corks, make sure that you are getting what you pay for. A good
deal is not always the best
deal. Some regular grade agglomerates are now being passed off as
I'll let you know....
I hope to have more information once I find a cork that I am happy with,
both on installation and long term.