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05.26.2007

Advanced Cork Craft

cork_chair.jpgWhile I'm not out to be serious about wine, I generally try to avoid the frivolous side of wine. There's a lot of junk out there and I consider it part of my job to filter out the crap from the interesting bits to show you. But occasionally I need to go slumming like the best of them, especially when I come across little gems.

So in a moment of simply, "wow, who would have thought about that," I present to you the work of those who might be considered to have too much time on their hands, but whom I will simply refer to as the Cork Masters: those who have too many corks on their hands.

For those who consume a lot of wine, there's always this question of what to do with the corks. There's something always nagging at my mind, anyway, about whether I could do something more.....productive than just throw them away. But that nagging notion never translates into anything for me. I haven't even bothered to take a single champagne cork and do something interesting with it.

But for others, that is clearly not the case. Lamps, corkboards, trivets, coasters, and yes, lounge chairs, among other things all appear to be viable outlets for wine corks.

Feast your eyes on the splendor.

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The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Wine Grapes The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson to cork or not to cork by George Taber reading between the vines by Terry Theise adventures on the wine route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud