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Local trees: Cork oak

Posted on AllSides June 7th, 2024

Why are wine bottles tall and narrow? That distinctive shape contributes to the happy marriage between cork and a bottle made tall enough to lie on its side so the wine can “breathe” through the cork as it matures. Lying on its side while stored in cool, dry cellars ensures that the liquid within the bottle will marinate the cork end just enough to keep it from drying out and crumbling. That cork stopper sealing a delicious bottle of wine has been harvested from Quercus suber, an oak species whose...

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