Eastern European effect on corks?
Damien Casten, Candid Wines, IL: I recently overheard a British winemaker operating near Beaune express a strongly held opinion that chlorine leaked into the atmosphere by the unregulated Eastern European and Russian industry is doing great harm to the cork trees on the Iberian penninsula. More and more, he claimed, those trees are producing "corked" corks. Furthermore, his position was that as economies in the east grow without increased environmental regulations, the greater the threat to the future of cork. I find a fair amount of commentary on the internet about the link between...
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