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June 2009
Spotlight on Quality: Air Washing Corks, Caps and Crowns
by Daniel J. VanderPyl
For small wineries, maintaining the cleanliness of caps and corks on the bottling line is a fairly simple matter. They arrive in bags of 1,000 corks or 2,000 capsules. As long as a spot check yields no corks with more than 2 milligrams of dust per cork, the industry standard recommended by the Cork Quality Council, then they're good to go. Staff rips open a bag and loads them into the hopper, which feeds the bottling line. Depending on line speeds, they'll last a few hours--and then it's time fo...
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