Category Archives: Sustainability

Debate: Natural or Plastic Corks?

By now, you’ve seen the plastic or synthetic corks used on some wines instead of the natural cork from cork trees. They’re seeing an explosion of use in affordable imports from new wine regions (Spain, New Zealand), not to mention for domestic (e.g. US) white wines. What is their purpose? What are the tradeoffs?
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Biodynamic: The Rolls Royce of Organic Farming?

If you’ve got an eye to eco-conscious wines, you’ve probably heard of biodynamic wines. But what does it actually mean? My title comes from a description of a wine farmer as quoted in a fascinating 2008 article by SF Weekly exploring the booming trend.

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