George M. Taber
Author

To Cork or Not to Cork

To Cork or Not to Cork looks at the most hotly discussed issue in the wine business today: how should wineries seal the bottle? Cork has been used for nearly two millennia, but is now being challenged as never before.

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In ”To Cork or Not to Cork,” Mr. Taber does an able job of telling the story of the cork industry's early history, its rise to global monopoly status and the recent search for alternatives. On the central question – to cork or not to cork – he takes a pass. The science, he believes, is inconclusive. Screw caps and plastic corks seem to work fine for wines, especially white wines, that are drunk soon after they are bottled. But it is too early to tell if they will work for wines that should stay in the cellar for years.
—Jonathan Karl, Senior Security Correspondent for ABC News, The Wall Street Journal


...sets forth the pros and cons of each in no-nonsense prose that will make you want to pull out the dusty old microscope and examine a cork.
—Eric Asimov, The New York Times


In 1976, upstart Napa Valley wines won the famous Paris Tasting, but who’d have known without George Taber? The only journalist who covered that seismic event is also the only one with a book on the seething corks vs. screwcaps debate. Taber lightens research with anecdotes. His Judgment of Paris tells how Napa wines were smuggled into France and adds that some of the winners—who were visiting Bordeaux at the time of the tasting—actually thought their victory no big deal. Taber’s latest, To Cork or Not to Cork, vivifies and clarifies the cork-screwcap debate—and reveals that Portugal’s cork industry was nearly destroyed by doctrinaire socialists.
—Bill Marsano, Wine and Spirits Editor, Hemispheres Magazine, United Airlines


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