Cork Takes Top Honors at Nation's Largest Regional Wine Competition

Sweepstakes Winners Sealed with Cork

92% of All Winners Used Cork

Oct 13, 2010, 08:09 ET from 100% Cork

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cork wine stoppers were the hands-down winners at this month's 36th Annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair, the nation's largest regional wine competition, 100% Cork announced today.

The top three red, white and specialty wine winners and all but one of the 37 wines ranked Best in Class were sealed with natural cork closures. All seven Double Gold winners had cork stoppers, as did 90 percent of 141 Gold winners.  Of 188 winning wines, only 15 had alternative closures such as metal screw-caps or plastic stoppers.

"The lopsided outcome of this competition is yet another reminder that natural cork and quality wines are synonymous," said Peter Weber, executive director of the Cork Quality Counsel (CQC).  "It's no wonder that premium domestic wineries are increasing their use of cork closures, especially since brands using cork show higher annual sales growth over those using alternative closures."

Nearly 1,100 wines were entered into the competition, which is known as the "Oscars" for Sonoma County wineries. All wines entered were crafted from bounties grown within Sonoma County. This season's celebrated judging panel was made up of more than two dozen experts from the wine industry including bloggers, educators, food industry professionals and winemakers.

About 100% Cork

100% Cork is a campaign to educate U.S. wine consumers about the benefits of choosing wine with real cork stoppers because of cork's environmental, technical and societal advantages.  The campaign seeks to recruit and organize wine consumers to request that winemakers and retailers choose natural cork over artificial stoppers.  The campaign is funded by the Portuguese Cork Association and the Cork Quality Council.


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