Everyone has days where they should put a cork in it. Other times, most of us shrug away our first impressions, instincts or judgments and just say ‘screw it.’ Determined to be the winning angel on your shoulder, 100% Cork and Wine Guerrilla have each started their own movements to influence the thing that’s stopping you. Or, rather, the thing that’s sealing your wine.
In this corner, we have 100% Cork’s fresh-faced, altruistic-sounding sweetheart, smiling broadly as if she’s been preparing this argument forever:
“A new year-long study finds that CO2 emissions — a key factor in global warming — are 24x higher for screwcaps and 10x higher for plastic stoppers than natural cork.”
And then, thrown in for good measure:
“An amphora from the 1st century BC found in Ephesus was not only sealed with a cork stopper but also still contained wine.”
The environment and a bunch of words that sound almost like they could come from the Bible (Jesus used cork!?) – but are definitely from history and are therefore relevant! Nicely done, 100% Cork. Well played.
Over here, the Wine Guerrilla’s black-clad version of the Sexy Librarian (it’s a Jungian archetype. Look it up), is waiting patiently. She holds the crowd for a charged minute before finally purring her retort in a cool, sophisticated Kathleen Turner-esque voice:
“Natural cork closures have a centuries long heritage; however, tree-bark related shortcomings allow a bottle of wine to become tainted. The principal culprit responsible for cork-tainted wine is TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole) which occurs when microorganisms in the cork combine with chemicals used in production to kill bacteria. The result is a flat, moldy flavor. It is estimated that 3-10% of all bottled wines are ‘corked.'”
She ends with a snide comment about going on a romantic picnic and uncorking a good wine with your shoe.