One of BirdCouple's favorite wines. Seghesio Zinfandel.
Oh, Friday here you are!
And, it would not be a Friday at the Love Nest without something wonderful to open weekend's gate of folly....
We are wine snobs. It was the 8 week wine introduction course at our local community college that ruined us. Cute Husband has actually heard me say after a sniff and taste - "Hmmm... this is somewhat house wine-ish".
What we didn't learn in wine school is the importance of buying wine that is stopped with a cork rather than sealed with a screw cap.
Screw top.... are you thinking cheap wine?
Not anymore. Many fine winemakers have switched to screw tops to prevent cork taint. Cork taint results from an interaction of mold and other organic compounds and produces a musty flavor which makes wine undrinkable. Worse than house wine-ish.
Screw caps don't cause cork taint, plus screw tops are cheaper.
The problem? Screw caps are usually made from a nonrenewable material. Screw caps are hard to recycle. And, as more winemakers move to capping rather than corking, economic pressures are causing farmers to sell cork land for development.
Cork is a renewable material. It is made from fiber stripped from cork trees that regrows, without detriment to the tree.
Most of the cork is grown Mediterranean forests and covers about 6.7 million acres.
Cork oak forests support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among European forests and provide habitat for several endangered species including the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.
Cork oak forests not only support the people involved in the cork industry, but also the local economy. Sheep and goats graze under cork trees and provide milk to local farmers. Honey is harvested and sold, and cork acorns are used for animal feed.
So, a toast to Friday!
Cheers to the cork stopped bottle I am sure Cute Husband is picking up as I write!
Wine and wenches empty men's purses ~English Proverb