Friday, April 17, 2015

4 Wine Cork Myths

One of the greatest things about wines is that satisfying sound when you pop the cork on a brand new bottle of wine. However, many wineries have been switching to screw caps and plastic closures. There are a lot of myths out there in regards to why this is happening and Seven Springs Winery is here to set the record straight! Here is the truth behind these 4 common wine cork myths:

Myth #1: There is a cork shortage, which has lead to using more screw caps. 

There is no such thing as a cork shortage. In fact, there is enough cork to close all the bottles of wine produced for the next 100 years. Consumers are accepting the change under the misconception that cork trees are dying out, but the real threat is the decline in demand. The cork industry is under serious threat since 70% of cork production goes towards wine producing.

Myth #2: Wine cannot be "tainted if closed with a screw cap or plastic. 

Wineries are choosing screw caps and plastic closure for financial reasons, not wine quality. About 2% of all screw cap wines are affected by some sort of "taint." Plastic is also not "safe" as many may think. Wine is a solvent due to its alcohol content. When plastic and solvents come in contact, there is leaching (much the same as with the screw cap). Also, recent studies have shown higher than normal levels of endocrine disruptors in wines closed with screw caps because of the plastic seal inside the cap.

Myth #3: Trees have to be cut down to make corks for wine bottles. 

The trees are not cut down, they are harvested, by hand, every 9 years. A cork tree that is harvested of its bark will, over its lifetime, absorb 10 tons more CO2 than one not harvested. Cork forests support one of  our planet's highest levels of forest biodiversity and keep 6.6 million acres of the Mediterranean basin from becoming a desert.

Myth #4: Screw caps and plastic are more environmentally friendly than cork. 

Screw caps and plastic closures are not sustainably sourced or biodegradable. Mining for bauxite remains one of the most environmentally devastating practices on our planet. The aluminum industry alone uses 1% of all the electricity generated in the world. Contrary to popular belief, screw caps are not recycled here in the U.S. They are too small to be picked up in the sorting facilities and end up in landfills. While plastic closures are recyclable, less than 1% of them ever are. They end up in landfills, being incinerated or floating around in our oceans. Plastic never goes away; it may break down into small particles, but it is here forever.

Our Lake of the Ozarks winery sits atop 160 acres of rolling Missouri foothills between Camdenton and Osage Beach. The winery is less than a 10 minute drive from either location. The covered porch and patio area are ideal for enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the beautiful views. Stop by and see us today!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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