More About Corks

July 26, 2013 No comments »
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How many of you came out to Movie Night on July 18th?  We had a ball, and hope you did, too!  We’re so grateful to all of your contributions to Rancho Damacitas, and we are equally grateful to everyone who brought in their old wine corks.  Like the Truffula trees in “The Lorax,” cork trees are an important resource for the environment and wine business.  The bark of the tree is stripped off and turned into wine corks.  Every year, 13 billion wine stoppers enter the world’s wine market and a majority of them end up in the waste stream.  However, cork can be recycled!  Ponte has partnered with ReCork to ensure that our used wine corks are recycled into a new product.  To date, they have collected 41,330,110 corks to grind and blend into shoe soles.  This is an excellent way to ensure that the cork from the cradle is not taken to the grave.

The Wine & Cork Connection

When people drink wine,
They are celebrating life,
They are celebrating their life or
The life of family and friends,
They are celebrating the life
Of the vine and the grape,
The skilled hands of the vintner.
When the wine is all gone
There often remains at the table,
A small reminder of life.
It’s the wine cork stopper.
The centuries old solution
To preserve the special taste
Of wine stored in stone. Why? that little cork is bark.
Bark from a tree, a mighty tree.
A tree that lives
In just a few places,
On our planet Earth.
A tree that is endangered.
If the use of wine corks declines,
The magnificent cork oak
Is threatened with being cut down,
To make more living space for the
Coastal loving people.
Once a cork tree is gone,
It is rarely replanted
Because it takes generations to grow
From seedling to cork bark. When people save their corks,
They are saving some of this life.
They are saying that they want it to continue.
It surely must have a longer useful life,
People want to believe,
When the wine corks are transformed
Into something all may use and see,
Awareness is renewed
About the mighty cork oak tree.
And drinking that wine
With a real cork stopper
Becomes a cause
For even more celebration.
Drinking wine is a celebration of life”

–Cameron Snyder


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