To Cork or Not to Cork
Saturday, June 07, 2008 | 5:45 PM
Cork has been around almost since history began as the way to seal a wine container. For a millennium, 500 BC to 500 AD, it was the accepted way to sell an amphora, the way wine was shipped in those days. Then for a thousand years it wasn't used as the wine world moved to wooden barrels as the way to store and ship wine. Then in the 17th century cork made a comeback as the way to seal the new bottles of wine.
Now for the first time since then, cork is under attack on all sides. Look at bottles of wine in any store and you'll see them sealed by natural cork, plastic corks, screw caps, glass stoppers and more.
George Taber, the author of Judgment of Paris about the historic Paris wine tasting that made the world respect California wine for the first time, has now published To Cork or Not to Cork--- Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle. One of three finalists for the James Beard competition for the best wine book of 2007, Taber's tome on the past, present, and future of how to seal a wine bottle is a must read for wine enthusiasts. He will explain the latest in the on-going battle for the bottle and offer hints on what kind of closure to look for in your next bottle of wine.
Taste different selections in various types of closures. You be the judge!
Will Call is located in Seminar Room (please check back for room assignment)