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July 2000
Cork Update
Fight Against Cork Taint Continues on Several Fronts
by Jeremy Hay
In Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal, corks are fed through a machine resembling something between an oil pipeline and a printing press. Constructed from massive steel piping and speeding conveyor belts the machine is, essentially, a gigantic microwave oven, and as corks travel through its central chamber, electromagnetic waves heat them from the inside out.In Montagnan, a small city in northeast Italy, boxes of 4,000 neatly packaged corks are placed on a conveyor belt and sent through a vertical f...
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