Champagne has external use as well it seems

Friday, 16 January, 2015

Did you end up with a magnum or three of champagne, as gifts perhaps, over the holiday break, but worst of luck, aren’t a fan of the bubbly brew? Not to worry, champagne seemingly has a number of other applications, such as a being a cooking aid, or helping to bring out the shine in freshly polished leather shoes…

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New Champagne “cork” stops wine taint but not bang and fizz

Tuesday, 19 May, 2009

Champagne bottles may soon be fitted with a new stopper – a concealed crown bottle cap fitted with an aluminum lever – doing away with the need to use the traditional cork tops, which can lead to “wine taint”.

Despite the mystique the Champenois attach to that pop and whiz of the cork, theirs has long been a love-hate relationship – one that the Maestro aims to help smooth over. While the Maestro’s ease-of-use is certainly a selling point, the new stopper’s real claim over cork closures is as a solution to TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole), the molecule that when present in cork is responsible for wine taint. “TCA is the great scourge of wine,” says Peter Liem, the Epernay-based founder of “The problem is grave enough that it’s becoming necessary to find either a solution to TCA in cork or an alternate closure.”

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