Baylen Linnekin: Wine Cork Makers Set Out to Prove Their Stoppers Are Safe

Wine, Thomas Jefferson, and the Precautionary Principle.


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Agglomerated wine corks have two key benefits over competing corks. First, they cost less than natural corks. Second, they eliminate the problem of cork "taint," a musty taste caused by the presence of a substance found in cork, TCA, that often ruins wines before they're ever opened.

Sounds great. Still, concern was raised by a wine writer last month, who suggested that agglomerated corks may be illegal.

He's quite wrong, write Baylen Linnekin.