Imagine my surprise when I opened a new bottle of wine I bought at Parkers Table today. After peeling off the foil top, there was a glass cork which only needed a flick of the finger to get it out. I've never seen this before.
This is so cool I can hardly stand it. Googled the cork and here is what the Wine Spectator said,
"These elegant stoppers resemble a T-shaped decanter top, and they are one of the ways to attack the problem of cork taint, which is caused by the chemical compound 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or TCA. TCA can develop in corks because corks are from trees, and plants have phenols, which are one of the ingredients of TCA. But glass doesn’t carry this risk, and is easier to recycle, which is why I’m a fan of these stoppers."
This is an Italian red wine, Scaia Covina, from Veneto, an area in northeast Italy which extends from the Adriatic Sea to the Dolomites mountains. Jonathon Parker, the owner of Parkers Table, told me this is one of his most popular wines, he can hardly keep up with the demand. It isn't expensive, but it is one of those good wines which appeal to many...and the glass cork doesn't hurt it sales.
If you've never been in Parkers Table, the next time you're driving along Clayton Road off Skinker, you turn south at the Tip Top cleaners just before the Demun stoplight and you'll see it. It's a fantastic wine shop with some other fun food things. And everyone who works there is helpful and as nice as can be. It's a cool place.