I hear you Frank. But apparently, screw tops guys are doing a far better job in the war of words, trashing cork caps, blaming the wine gone bad on cork! Go figure. It sort of reminds me of any PR wars we deal in the high tech world... the louder you voice your opinions, you win. Of course, the engineering community tries very hard not to fall for it...
A cork adds ambiance and a sense of naturalness to wine.
I recall a book I checked out of the library when I was little that used a wine cork as part of an electric motor. Google build a motor with a cork, and see what you find.
I especially liked, "But engineering, like cockroaches, is everywhere." I'll remember to explain this to my wife. Who no doubt will agree with the "cockroaches" reference.
I was under the impression that artificial cork was being used for wine bottles because there was a global shortage or cork? Some disease or other? So your article made me curious.
And, like Frank, no screw-top wine bottle will find a place at MY table!!
Thanks for the interesting story and photos Junko. Indeed, cork has much more of a connection to engineering than I had realized.
But it also still makes the best wine bottle stopper. I hate those synthetic ones. And screw tops? Not on anything I would ever drink!
Call me naive, but I had no idea how cork becomes cork from cork oak trees, until I stumbled into the Alentejo region and spent a week. Imagine my surprise.
Seriously, airplanes using cork composites are cool (and intriguing), but the cork industry does need new mass consumer products that can make up for the revenue now getting lost in wine bottle stoppers.