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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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And far from suggesting that these are associated with an inferior wine, it is a sign that whatever the quality of the wine at least it will not be corked.
Because of the huge increase in the consumption of wine, and the world shortage of cork, it is said that about one bottle in 11 is corked.
Brown said the incidence of corked bottles is way down, and taint wasn't an issue at all at the 2014 ZAP tasting.
After an initial period when restaurant wine service personnel were opposed to them (they supposedly eliminated the ritual opening of the bottle and the ritual taste pour), most have embraced screwcaps since they have all but eliminated accusations that a wine is corked when, in fact, it was not.
Part of it is, frankly, those who call any flawed wine corked. Also, of course, TCA can come from sources other than cork.
Traditionally, TCA levels were determined by "sensory" testing: the old sniff and wince technique that the consumer unwittingly employs upon opening a bottle of "corked" wine.
"It was more than simply what we identify as corked wine." Wright gathered cork samples of all grades and from multiple sources, and began his own program of testing with neutral wine to find out just how corks might be affecting wine quality, and just how much of a negative impact they were having.
Just what percentage of wine is corked is at the heart of the debate.
Anyway, it also stated "industry experts," whoever they may be, "estimate that 3% to 5% of all wines are 'corked.'"