Got corked wine? We want your data.

A few days ago, I started a discussion on the Open Wine Consortium regarding the actual prevalence of cork taint in wines. It followed a previous blog post on data from the Société des alcools du Québec, our very own state monopoly, that suggests cork taint should be present in well below 1% of all wine sold.

Quite a discussion that has been. Fiery at times, even. The lack of reliable data was regularly cited – and not really answered.

That’s when we got a suggestion from winemaker Nathan R. Carlson: what about a survey where we could all compile the bottles we’ve opened, and how many of them actually had cork taint? Arthur Przebinda, of the Wine sooth blog, among other online things, picked up on the idea and prepared an actual survey that will allow anyone interested to contribute and get some interesting data together.

If enough people contribute seriously (and regularly – so that everyone’s contribution is significant), this should indeed produce some interesting data. So let’s get to it, people, and do come back often. We’ll keep you posted on the results.

The survey can be found here.

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  1. […] Remy Charest started a discussion at OWC to explore this very topic. Several members brought some opinionated perspectives to the table and at one point, wine maker Nathan R. Carlson proposed that we conduct an on-going poll or survey to get a real-world sense of the incidence of TCA taint. […]


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