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cork

(kork),
1. The outer bark of the cork oak, used to make stoppers for some better bottles of wine. 2. A stopper made of cork or any similar substance.
[L. quercus, oak]

cork

a plant tissue made up of cells with thick walls impregnated with SUBERIN. Cork cells are dead when mature, forming an outer layer in stems and roots of woody plants that is impervious to water and air. The cork oak Quercus suber produces very large quantities of cork which can be removed and used commercially
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Brown said the incidence of corked bottles is way down, and taint wasn't an issue at all at the 2014 ZAP tasting.
It may be corked and it may be being served at the wrong temperature.
I think we have reduced the number of corked bottles significantly, and those we do find aren't anywhere near as bad as they used to be.
Michael Terrien, Director of Winegrowing at Acacia, believes that synthetic is the right way to protect his wines -- particularly Acacia's limited production Single Vineyard Selection wines, which retail for $50 and more -- from being corked.
During a two-day training assignment in Puerto Rico, for instance, of 88 bottles he opened, only two were corked, and only one significantly.