Visitng Amorim’s factory; the problem of TCA in the wine

During the last weekend it took place in Lisbon the second edition of the European Wine Bloggers Conference. As it had happened last year, I had a lot of fun, I met bunches of new people and drunk many many Portuguese wines. Later this week I’ll make another post with my thoughts about the the conference.

What I want to show you now is the video I made while visiting Amorim’s (biggest cork producer) factory in Coruche, where I learnt a bit more of TCA problem. A little percentage of bottles with natural cork will always have TCA taste. TCA is everywhere, in beer, water, plastic, fruits and though it can be controlled, it can’t be eliminated. So Quevedo will continue to have some corked bottles. Yes, we will. I know these are bad news but we prefer to have between 2% to 3% of our bottles corked than using plastic corks, more pollutant and lacking capacity for aging our wines. Something crucial for Port!

But this is me, and I had already talked about cork for Port last year. What you think about using natural cork, plastic cork or screw caps in your preferred wines?


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  1. Jeff Tuesday November 3rd, 2009 | reply
    I would never ever go with plastic corks. Not only do they look ugly, feel cheap and leak!
  2. Oscar Quevedo Tuesday November 3rd, 2009 | reply
    Thank you Jeff. I totally agree with you, cork is cork. I hope you don't get upset when you find a bottle of Quevedo Vintage 2007 corked. Well, first we have to do our job and put it in the US!!
  3. Iris Wednesday November 11th, 2009 | reply
    same for me: no fun without the "plop" of a decent cork, before discovering the beauty hidden inside a glass bottle - and I hope, we'll never see Port in Tetra Packs neither, arguing, that it's CO2 saving, to transport them... Thanks for your greetings on the Postcard from Lisboa, Oscar:-)!

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