What’s shakin, cocktail fans?
Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
This time around, we’re going to take some time to look at one of the unsung heroes of the wine and spirits world: corks. These things are running around all over the place. I’ve got a drawer full of them at home, which probably says more about me than I’d like it to.
But have you ever wondered where corks come from or how they’re made? Are they fashioned by cork elves in some dark, medieval forest in Europe, or is there some sinister, industrial factory in china, billowing smoke and cranking these little nuggets out by the thousands?
As you might guess, neither of those hypotheticals are true, and we’ll get into all of that and more in this week’s episode.
- First, we’ll look at the history of cork and how it’s produced.
- Then we’ll consider the four main types of bottle closures you’ll encounter in wine and spirits today.
- We’ll also give you a few tips on how to identify and avoid a common flaw called “cork taint” in your wine and spirits.
- And we’ll round out this episode with some tips for opening corks (or rescuing broken corks) like a boss.