I wrote previously about the re-usable plastic bottle closures that we're starting to use more and more at home. A couple of you asked to see them, and your wish is my command! We started out five years ago buying corks from the local winery supply store, and while they're not all that expensive, the cost does add up over time.
None of our wine is intended for long-term storage. Most Touraine wines are made to be drunk young, within two or three years. They never last that long at our house. Because we don't have a proper wine cellar, storing wine for more than a few months, especially in the summer, is impractical and a waste of good wine. And it seems a waste of a natural resource (cork) to store wine for just a few days or weeks. I do save used corks to stoke fires in the wood stove since they burn very hot, but still.
About a year ago, a friend of ours gave us a little kit with plastic re-usable "corks" and a special screw; they're available in most of the stores around here. After we tried them out, we realized that we really no longer need to spend money on real corks.
Using the plastic closures is simple: we put them into a small bucket of hot water just prior to corking the bottles. This makes them supple so that they squeeze into the bottle easily. That's it. The same tool for inserting the cork is the one used to remove it.
You can see the corks on some of the bottles in my previous post.
Georges Moustaki 1934-2013
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